December 11, 2018

History of the Organization

Founding

Ukraine Works Ltd. was founded in the fall of 2007, the result of a request for information about “fetal alcohol” made by Stephan Severylov, then Director of the Mykolychin Internat (school for children with special needs). According to him, there was no information in Ukraine on FAS.

Ukraine Works Ltd was incorporated in the State of Vermont on February 20, 2008 and was granted tax-exempt status as a public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3) on February 2, 2010 effective as of the date of incorporation.

Ukraine Works began by translating Canadian publications: Strategies Not Solutions and Teaching Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Building Strengths, Creating Hope into Ukrainian for use by the Mykolychin Internat. These were translated with permission from The Child and Youth Working Group, part of the Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network and Alberta Learning. See Resources to download these at no cost.

In September 2009, Mrs. Linden met with the Eurasia Foundation’s Executive Director. His message was clear, “What you’re doing is very important. But you could do so much more. The entire country has need of the information you’ve chosen to supply to one small school.” It was as a result of this meeting that Ukraine Works changed its focus from helping a single institution with a variety of projects to preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome through education and the education of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders throughout Ukraine. This remains the organization’s focus today.

Public Charity

Ukraine Works Ltd was incorporated in the State of Vermont on February 20, 2008 and was granted tax-exempt status as a public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3) on February 2, 2010 effective as of the date of incorporation.

Early Accomplishments

Translations of Liz and Jodee Kulp’s book The Best I Can Be into Ukrainian and Russian have been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Kulp Family (www.betterendings.org). Three hundred copies of the Ukrainian edition have been donated to pediatricians, psychologists/psychiatrists, obstetricians, and educators working with children with special needs. Both the Ukrainian and Russian translations can be downloaded from our website (www.ukraineworksltd.org) at no cost.

Translations of Diane Malbin’s book Trying Differently Rather Than Harder into Ukrainian and Russian have been made possible thanks to the generous support of FASCETS (www.fascets.org). Two hundred hard copies of the Ukrainian edition have been donated to neonatologists, pediatricians, psychologists/psychiatrists and educators working with children with special needs.

Ukraine Works began collaborating with The OMNI-Net Ukraine Birth Defects Program (ibis-birthdefects.org/start/uabdp.htm), a not for profit international organization incorporated in Ukraine, to disseminate information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Through OMNI-Net Ukraine, Ukraine Works Ltd has been able to provide copies of the Malbin and Kulp books to doctors and educators in oblasts in which Ukraine Works does not operate.