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Give Life to Dreams


The I Will Association was created for the establishment and advancement of education and social programs; to foster disadvantaged children's ethical, social, and intellectual development; and to stimulate their creative growth and successful self-realization.

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Give Life to Dreams


The I Will Association was created for the establishment and advancement of education and social programs; to foster disadvantaged children's ethical, social, and intellectual development; and to stimulate their creative growth and successful self-realization.

Change a Child's Life

Our Educational programs include establishing and sponsoring computer training classes in orphanages. Our many social programs are targeted to improve children's health and well being and bring out smiles. 

We are proud that we manage the charity so that not a penny of your donation is used for administrative expenses - we guarantee a DIRECT impact.

READ THEIR STORIES 

Inspiration

"At last the ladder, which had been built slowly, slowly, one hope at a time, reached up to the clouds. And the dreamer began to climb." 

"With the relentless volunteering and caring of my father, Vladimir Kotov, in Ukraine, and my close friends here in Canada, I Will continues to extend help to many regions in Ukraine. Thank you for your kindness, attention to our cause and tremendous help."  –Tatiana Kotova

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Watch the children practicing their English: I Will be successful

News & Events

Your help is making life-lasting impacts in orphans lives. 

In 2014 we are working on completing a renovation of a new orphanage, donations of desks, clothing, TVs and a refurbishment of a computer training centre in Orphanage #5 - Nikolaev.

We continuously update the  News & Events page, so please visit often to learn how YOU are empowering disadvantaged children through supporting I Will. 

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Our bathroom has hot water all the time now and everything is new and beautiful!
— Ruslan Volnih, 11, Ochakov Orphanage

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Dreams Become Reality


When we took the first steps together we had no idea how far we could go. With each step our hearts opened a little bit more and we reached for higher and higher goals.

Dreams Become Reality


When we took the first steps together we had no idea how far we could go. With each step our hearts opened a little bit more and we reached for higher and higher goals.

I Will Association is a registered non-profit charitable organization that was founded in September 2002. We are a small group of inspired and caring individuals who believe in a child’s ability to prosper and succeed, despite numerous obstacles and disadvantages. Even the smallest effort of support can significantly transform a child’s future. We do what we can to help children achieve their potential. 

We have many success stories and happy memories to share. Our projects foster the ethical, social and intellectual development of disadvantaged children through education and creative programs. The unique aspect of I Will is that we have no employees and absorb all administrative expenses of the charity. This means 100% of your donation is used for the direct benefit of a specific child or project.


Our Process

Funds raised in Canada are used to help specific children or projects. Vladimir Kotov, Director of Ukrainian Operations, (aka The Dream Implementer) oversees the strict control and distribution of funds. We work with orphanages and children's homes for kids of all ages.
 

Why Ukraine?

Economic conditions in Ukraine are very difficult and the country is extremely poor by Canadian standards. The average standard of living has decreased by 80% over the last two decades.

Children are the innocent victims and need our help. They end up in the orphanages for different reasons:

  • Poverty and sickness result in the inability to provide adequate nutrition and healthcare
  • Due to social and economic situations a  single living parent or grandparent is forced to abandon their children, as they are unable to care for them
  • Parental suicide, death, incarceration, alcohol and drug abuse

Without our help the children are susceptible to:

  • Life on the streets 
  • Inability to find work 
  • Suicide after leaving the orphanage
  • Crime and prostitution

We realize how fortunate we are in Canada and want to assist Ukrainian children with day-to-day necessities and to equip them with the needed skills to take advantage of opportunities in the future.

The Results

To date, we have raised over $95,000.
A sample of what we have accomplished:

  1. Computer Learning Centres in 7 different orphanages. This includes equipment, training and maintenance 
  2. Children's playground and gym equipment.
  3. Rehabilitation programs, medical devices for children suffering from hearing loss, sponsoring spinal cord and eye operations, helping kids fighting cancer
  4. Repairs for Orphanage's toilets, showers, water heaters and orphanage cafeterias.
  5. Hundreds of school desks, chairs and beds donated
  6. More than 350 winter coats and boots for orphanages, including for kids with varying degrees of blindness
  7. Endless donations of books, school supplies, birthday and Christmas gifts, including hand made dolls and warm clothing from Canada

 

Watch the video to learn more about I Will and what we accomplished in over 10 years.


This winter I have my own warm boots and my own warm jacket!
— Vadim Dunets, 9, Kharkov Orphanage for Blind Children

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The Dream Makers


Without you, none of this is possible. You are our dream enablers.

The Dream Makers


Without you, none of this is possible. You are our dream enablers.

Tatiana Kotova

FOUNDER AND
CHIEF FUNDRAISER

Inspired by family and friends, and in particular her mother Valentina, who is compassionate to those less fortunate, Tatiana registered the charity in 2002.

Vladimir Kotov

THE DREAM
IMPLEMENTER

Having lost their family very early in their childhood, Tatiana's parents are passionate about helping other children to succeed. Vladimir is a relentless project manager who makes the dreams become a reality.

You.

THE DREAM
SUPPORTERS

We have many people helping our efforts.  Among our supporters are individuals and organizations, in particular The Pottruff Family Foundation. 


Our Partners

We work with several Ukrainian organizations to help deliver our programs to those in most urgent need. Some of our partners include:

  • The Ministry of Education of Nikolaev Region
  • IATP – The Internet Access and Training Program
  • The International Research and Exchange Board
  • The Ukrainian Organization in Defence of Children’s Rights

Learn More

Slideshow: I Will - Years in Pictures


Because of Internet I can speak to my remote family often and explore the outside world!
— Dima Rubeynik, 9, Nikolaev Orphanage