I Will Programming & Robotics Festival #2 was yet the most successful event in I Will history!
On March 10, 2017, children from different towns of Nikolaev region, representing numerous I Will Computer centers, traveled to our flagman Programming & Robotics Center in Nikolaev, to present their projects, exchange programming and presentation techniques and best practices, and to simply meet and socialize. Individual winners and their teams received I Will recognition and prizes, but most importantly, were empowered by I Will team to continue learning and becoming successful young generation!
The event was a complete success, based on children's reactions as well as based on the ratings we received from all the participants and organizers!
Thank you to I Will supporters in Canada and I Will team in Ukraine for your continuous support and perseverance of excellence!
I Will Coding and Robotics school is so popular we need to expend the class to accommodate more children! Our flagman class in Nikolaev is now equipped with modern tablets used for learning Robotics with Lego! If you have Lego lying around and would like to donate it to Ukraine I Will Class, please contact us! We are urgently in need for Lego pieces!
Wow, for the past 14 years I Will remained true to the goal of bringing education to less privileged children by giving them the tools - computers and facilities where they can learn. This year, 2016, is truly special - on September 1, 2016 we are launching I Will Code School!!!
The idea is to unite children from all the I Will computer classes from different towns and villages, by challenging them to learn coding. We will have continuous projects for children as well as annual conferences where the top performers can meet and compete. This program is going to be filled with lots of fun events and, of course, prizes!
How happy the I Will team is to report back to you, our long term supporters, that I Will continues to expand its meaningful impact to so many children! Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!
Special thank you for Olena Mosina, the I Will Code School volunteer and organizer!
June 1, 2016, Pervomaisk, Nikolaev Region, Ukraine
City of Pervomaisk is located approximately 200 km from Nikolaev. My farther made the trip to honour the special occasion of cutting the ribbon, now for 11th time !!! I Will Computer class number 11 has made many children happy.
When we established I Will Association more than a decade ago - who knew we will continue going strong and enabling so many children in remote towns and villages of Nikolaev and Region to have access to technology and education!
I Will Association Information Technologies Competition took place Friday, March 2016 in Nikolaev.
Contestants are the students of I Will Computer Educational Centres successfully educating hundreds of children in Nikolaev region (currently we have 10 such centres). Children from Nikolaev, Snigirevka, Yuzno-Ukrainsk, Radsad, Elanets, Ochakov had the opportunity to participate, more than 20 children registered.
With the goal to promote learning and award most talented team, the competition included the following 4 categories:
Special thank you to Vladimir Kotova and Olena Mosina and the team of passionate teachers and caregivers in Nikolaev for their extraordinary volunteering contributions in organizing such a fantastic event!
Merry Christmas!!!!! I Will 10th Computer Class is officially opened!
At Christmast Eve, as planned, the special event took place - with dancing and singing and presentation of children's wonderful art, the 10th I Will computer class opened its doors!
Thank you all of you for giving the important base for childrens education - your help will give the opportunity to learn programming, make computer games, animation and websites. Because of the access to the technology, chilren will be able to learn coding skills and improve critical thinking and problem solving. Chilren will have skills that are necessary for their successfull self realization and productive future. Thank you for your jenerousity!
Playround we established in 2013 is growing in popularity. Ted's school is central place for pre-schoolers education. The kindergarten offers an ultimate care for kids. New projects are underway. We are so proud to be able to contribute to childrens happiness.
Today, May 18, 2015 we were again taken by thoughtfullness of people in Nikolaev region. Very emotional ceremony today to open 9th I Will computer class in Arts and Science Center in Snigirevka. Having access to internet means so much for these children. Thank you I Will supporters!
Playground Nadezhda (Hope) is now officially open!
The new playground is the result of a generous donation from The Pottruff Family Foundation in honour of my beloved grandmother Nadezhda Ivanchenko, and continuous support of many I Will Association special friends.
During Nikolaev regional annual conference “Ukraine Without Orphans”, my dad proudly presented a gift from I WILL – a brand new computer for the family of seven adopted children. The Gnatishin family reside in the Snegirevsky region.
I Will delivers Birthday gifs to children. Kirill is a special boy from Nikolaev orphanage #5. In April, on his birthday my dad brought Kirill birthday gifts. The boy was very pleasantly surprised. I Will is facilitating help for Kirill's well-being.
Nikolaev Region Children’s House of Education is an organization that works to improve the quality of education and establishes social and cultural programs for children in difficult social conditions, orphaned or disabled children from single-parent or low-income families.
Generous donations allowed to send six year old Nastia Komorkina for rehabilitation programs to the modern specialized clinic in Truskavtsi, Ukraine. As a result, we had enough funds not for one but for three trips. The first trip is completed in March 2013 – much needed program for Nastia included transportation, lodging, procedures and medication. Two more trips followed with the last one in July 2014.
Thank you Brenda Sweeney, Donald Nelson, Andrew McDonald and Shawna Irons.
We have now opened our 7th Computer Class! Children prepared wonderful performance and it was a blast! Click through to see video coverage by Ukrainian TV and my personal favourite, the boys playing the spoons!
The Ukrainian Government encourages local people to adopt children from orphanages and give them a real home, instead of an institution. This Bereznegovaty region family has adopted six children! I Will donated bunk beds for kids and a brand new computer which was a dream come true for the entire family.
When my dad and I visited Nikolaev orphanage in December 2012 for the opening ceremony of Nadezhda computer class, we also visited dormitory for smaller kids – kindergarten and 1st graders. We realized that one of the 1st grade classes did not receive New Year gifts yet. We asked kids to draw what they wanted for New Year and later in January 2013, just in time for Ukrainian Christmas, we delivered.
Barbara Kempt, a longtime supporter, continues to make her incredibly personal and heartfelt donations of knitted hats, gloves and toys every year for Christmas. Photos are from the January 2013 visit to the Nikolaev orphanage. I was happy to personally deliver beautiful hats for the girls and scarfs for the boys.
From October to November last year my dad worked very hard on renewing Radsad orphanage infrastructure. Radsad orphanage is very old. The fact that the kids now have new book shelves, new art supplies, new gym equipment and new pots, pans and utensils for the kitchen is such a great improvement in the life’s of many orphaned kids. My dad also repaired school’s old sewing machine.
During our annual visit to Nikolaev Orphanage, we decided to take portraits of children so they have professionally made head shots. We picked one of brightest rooms in the dormitory and had started shooting there, using window light. The atmosphere was fun because kids were surprised that someone is taking their picture. The line up was not ending and we were running out of memory.
Kharkov Orphanage is in Urgent Need! There are twenty two blind kids in the Kharkov Orphanage that urgently need winter clothes. As one of the examples to illustrate the need is that kids go outside for a walk in shifts, because they do not have enough winter coats for everyone.
During our most recent visit to the Nikolaev orphanage, we witnessed that the I Will Computer Class is extremely popular and very successful, barely surviving the great demand and busy class schedule. We are working on updating class computer peripherals and hardware.
I Will donated funds to pay off the debt of the operation and also made it possible to have a custom corset made for Olesia. I WILL has plans to donate funds to cover Olesia’s follow up appointments and medication.
Another computer class (I Will Association second class) was made possible with the donations of I WILL supporters. The computers arrived and were set up for the benefit of the children in the Ochakov orphanage. The smiles spread from ear to ear on the kids faces as they felt the excitement of connecting to the world at large.
The I Will Computer Room expands with the addition of full-color laser printers. This important feature will allow the children to expand their capabilities, develop their artistic talents and prepare professional quality documents necessary for eventual application to university and the job market.
The I Will Computer Room has been such a success that in only two short years, the equipment has become worn from excessive use! In a surprise visit to Ukraine I Will delivered and installed the new peripherals. The kids took on the role of apprentice, assisting the installation and joyously thanking the I Will representatives. Photographs commemorate this occasion.
While the trip to Ochakov was total fun, it was a real eye opener to learn of the terribly poor condition of the bathrooms at the orphanage. It was absolutely heartbreaking to think that children had to bath in a space that was no better finished than a dungeon, no hot water and barely any fresh water.
The talented performing artists from The Nikolaev Palace of Education in Arts load up the buses and heads south to the quaint Black Sea village of Ochakov to meet and perform for the wonderful children of The Ochakov Orphanage.
Our volunteers in Nikolayev, Ukraine – Batiuk Alexey and Vladimir Kotov – worked very hard to launch the I Will Computer Training Class. The class has eight workstations that were set up in a newly renovated classroom. A teacher was brought in to help the kids learn. The photos speak volumes about the happiness the children expressed.
I WILL donations were used to help Irina get the life changing hearing aid she needed. Irina wrote a letter to express her deep appreciation for helping to give a gift that has made all the difference in her life. Irina hopes to attend a local college after high school.
A decadent cooking class was taught by Chris Hockely, a Toronto area chef, who generously gave his time to I WILL to help raise money for a special girl. The event raised $1000 for Irina Lubitskaya, a 12 year old girl in the orphanage, who needed a hearing aid.
An article about the success of I WILL was printed on Saturday January 25, 2003 in Nikolayev’s regional newspaper ‘Southern Pravda’. The efforts of I WILL were widely acknowledged and appreciated by the orphanage management team and by the children themselves.
The children of I WILL were the happy recipients of boxes candy donated by Michael Fitzgibbon. The colourful chocolate Smarties surprised the children and brought huge smiles to everyone in the orphanage.
Na Zdorovie “Toast Ukraine” was I WILL’s 1st Fundraiser. The evening included a taste of Ukrainian culture with food, drink and entertainment. Na Zdorovie was a huge success. We raised $6000 which allowed I WILL to set up a computer lab for the children. This is inline with the goal of I WILL which is to provide education and poverty relief to children.