Achievements

During the time elapsed from the first organizational meeting of the initiative group and to date, the manpower strength of our public organization increased in number of several tens of thousands of people.

 

Ukrainian Association of Retired Persons had developed and put into practice a number of programs that aim to improve the life quality and level of social protection of the members of the association. It aims also to bring within the reach those vital values, which is considerable part of our society is devoid of.

 

We have started with discount program for products and services for the elderly in Kiev. The program is developed nowadays at our regional offices. These are mainly regional centers and major cities. But there are also regional programs with a release of directory named Steps Towards. At the first stage of implementation of our programs, we were trying to involve as many companies and organizations as possible, today we are mainly focused on such points like food, health care and recreation.

 

Right away we have started to implement the legal protection of the elderly. Hundreds of consultations, preparation of cases before a court and conduct of certain cases - this all gave us an idea of necessity of conversion to the development of bill that would have defended the rights of all senior citizens in Ukraine.

 

That is why our personnel together with experts in the field of gerontology, medicine and law prepared a bill About the Prohibition on Discrimination Against the Senior Citizens, which has repeatedly been introduced for consideration to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

 

During first months of our work we have applied to all insurance companies with a request to develop affordable health insurance for senior citizens. Having received from these institutions neither   support, nor assistance, we had independently developed and put into practice the program of health insurance for the seniors. This program was realized with great success in more than thirty districts of different regions of Ukraine. It has been established a call center and assistance service. The partner of the program First Insurance Company met its obligations in full even for a period of 2008, when the medicine prices went more than 60 per cent up. Today we are probably the only ones, who provide the health insurance for senior citizens in Ukraine.

 

In response to discrimination of the elderly in the financial sector, we were forced to start up our own program of microfinance in 2004. Precisely UARP has initiated the creation of its appropriate structure: the First Ukrainian Credit Union (FUCU). At the present day the credit union has its branches in several regions of Ukraine. They have provided services to the amount of tens of millions of hryvnias. This work aimed at protecting the means of senior citizens and providing them with qualified financial services. It has won a high reputation and respect among the members of the public organization.

 

Access limit to theater performances and concerts for the elderly became a sore subject for the members of the stated organization. It resulted in the development and introduction of cultural program.

 

We were nearly the first to organize a set-off of the theater troupes to dozens of countryside districts.

 

Kyiv Theatre at Podol has become a safe partner of Ukrainian Organization of Retired Persons. Its administration agreed to support our program and make visits to various regions of Ukraine. Their performances like The Pharaohs and In the Steppes of Ukraine were warmly received by the entire audience, including members of our association.

 

Today we have found a possibility to make it affordable for the elderly to visit more than thirty theaters in Kyiv.

 

To ensure the communication needs of the members of UARP with their age-mates, we have established Senior Clubs firstly at Zhytomyr regional office and later on at the other ones. The discussion of interesting topics, common visits to historical sites and compatible recreation - all this contributed to spiritual rapprochement of the members of our organization.

 

List of other important and specific programs that have been implemented by the association can be continued. Among them are: Dialogue of Generations, Education for the Elderly, and Affordable Housing etc.

 

However, our goal was not only to deal with cases of peculiar people, we were trying to improve the life quality of older people.

 

We appealed to you continually with proposals, cautions and assessment of certain actions of the state bodies. We have jointly resolved issues like medicines control, disutility of refinancing and recapitalization, as well as informational gap as to the pension issues.

 

We did not only demand, but also warned and instructed where one can get additional means for social reforms.

 

Since we had repeatedly appealed with personal offers to the current Deputy Prime Minister Tigipko, the government finally paid attention to inadmissibility of exemption from taxation for the operations of the residents with offshore companies.

 

Other our motions as to budget increase were taken into account including: taxation of real estate, taxation of mining operations and many others.

 

We evaluate our discreet results to be the first steps of our activity. These ones could be much more effective, but for the government position regarding our policy.

Formerly it did not take notice of our organization or just pretended to pay no heed to us, but it has been carrying on a struggle with us for the last two years. The main point is that we held it out and became even stronger. Our organization is being advanced and developed now. Our ranks are replenished daily with new defenders for the rights of the elderly.

 

We gave hope and expectation for the better future for tens of thousands of senior citizens in Ukraine, indicated the ways to achieve their welfare, and inspired them with belief that they are still indispensable for the society.

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