Our Accomplishments

March 2001

CCRF and Olympic and World Skating Champion Viktor Petrenko organize their first Figure Skating fundraiser, entitled “Viktory for Kids,” which raise $220,000. In October, Mr. Petrenko visits the modernized neonatal department in his home city, Odesa.

July 2001

Photographer Joseph Sywenkyj, then a CCRF intern and now a New York Times photographer, exhibits his photos at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC to draw attention to the plight of children living in Ukrainian orphanages.

August 2001

Archbishop Antony, Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, begins the orphanage program to improve the living conditions in two orphanages for severely disabled children located in the Ivano-Frankivsk and Kirovohrad regions. In 2007, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church adopts their third orphanage located in the Zhytomyr region.

April 2002

CCRF translates, prints, and distributes the first edition of “Manual of Neonatology” which becomes the official medical text sanctioned by the Ministry of Health for use in Ukraine’s medical schools.

October 2002

October 22: The Chornobyl Museum in Kyiv acknowledges CCRF’s work with an exhibit “Mission Continues. 1989-2002” as part of the series of exhibitions called “World for the Children of Chornobyl.”

April 2003

CCRF launches its 14th sea shipment, which includes a heart-lung machine and other critical supplies for the creation of a new infant cardiac surgery center in Lviv, and critical supplies for hospitals in Rivne, Chernihiv, Kyiv and Uzhorod. Nearly $52,000,000 worth of medical aid delivered.

June 2003

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA initiates its first mission trip to orphanages in Znamyanka and Zaluchya. This way, begins a volunteer program for young adults from the USA who come to Ukraine every summer, and spend a few weeks in CCRDF’s partner orphanages helping the disabled children.

May 2004

Edited by CCRF Director of Procurement Lisa Milanytch-Mykyta, CCRF publishes its 30th Chornobyl Chronicle.

October 2004

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst and CCRF host the first annual fundraiser in the Ambassador’s private residence in Kyiv to raise funds for CCRF partner hospitals.

November 2004

November 12-14: During CCRF’s 4th National Convention, the Board of Directors and delegates officially change the organization's name to the "Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund" (CCRDF) to more accurately reflect the long-term mission of the organization – to pursue a policy of sustainable development and improvements in health care beyond the realm of emergency relief.

May 2005

May 17: CCRDF and Ruslana, winner of the 2004 “Eurovision” Song Competition, join forces for a Charity Concert during Eurovision 2005 and raise $38,000 for Kyiv City Children’s Hospital No. 2, Dnipropetrovsk Children’s Hospital No. 3, and for Ruslana’s charity of choice: the Dzherelo Rehabilitation Center in Lviv.

November 2005

UMC (Ukrainian Mobile Communications) raises $416,000 during their charitable telethon and donates it to CCRDF which procures a complete neonatal intensive care station for Chernivtsi, a “urodynamic” diagnostic system for use in Dnipropetrovsk, a variety of medical equipment for Lviv, and, in July 2006, an advanced cardiac ultrasound for Kherson, and neonatal equipment for Uzhorod.