“Life, short or long, must be lived with love, respect, and most importantly, without suffering. To Kirill and Artem, our first little patients, and to all the children whose health does not allow them to live long, I dedicate this project.”

Pascale Vayer

On September 13, 2019 kleine herzen together with the dedicated staff of Caritas Spes Ukraine and the organization St Luke (Voino-Yasenetskogo) Charity Fund, sponsors, doctors and well-known representatives from politics and diplomacy, the first children's palliative care station in the city of Kiev opened.

Such a facility did not previously exist in Kiev. kleine herzen made possible the construction of the children's palliative care unit as part of a large-scale project, the implementation of which extended over two years. Due to the extensive renovation of premises and the purchase of special medical equipment, seriously ill children and their families can now receive the best possible medical and psychological care. The ward is embedded in the Institute for Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Neonatology. The opening of the palliative care unit was preceded by a one-hour press conference. The echo in the Ukrainian media was great.

Olena Noah, Caritas-Spes, and Pascale Vayer
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Mykola Kuleba
Ombudsman for children's rights in Ukraine
Dr Lyubov Slepova
Director of the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine (PAG), Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk, Caritas-Spes
Aleksandra Telyatnikova
St Luke (Voino-Yasenetskogo)

Without the Cooperation with Merck Austria, the Financial support from the Merck Family Foundationthat allowed us to get all the medical equipment, the implementation of the project would not have been possible. The project was also realized thanks to the generous donations from the association Stepic CEE Charitywho had made the renovation of the premises and the acquisition of medical cribs possible.

We also thank you Havel Healthcare and numerous sponsors from Austria and Germany for the large number of medical donations in kind.

I thank Solomea for her magnificent drawings, which she gave to the palliative ward and which now decorate the walls of the ward.

I thank Solomea for her magnificent drawings which she gave to the palliative care unit and which now adorn the walls of the unit.
Solomea and her mom Tetiana
Solomea and her mom Tetyana
The  kleine herzen Team

I thank my friends, volunteers and big hearts who kleine herzen help regularly and have accompanied me on this emotional journey:
Sophia Luftensteiner, Bettina Lauß, Julia Stering, Johannes Kinzer, Bogdan Grytsiv