“The conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children. Humanitarian needs are multiplying by the hour as fighting intensifies. Children have been killed. Children have been wounded. And half million children have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, with the number of refugees continuing to grow.” (UNICEF)
I have personally witnessed the impact of the 2014 Crimean War and the hardships this conflict had on lives of little children orphaned by the war in the East of Ukraine, particularly Kharkiv that recently was heavily bombed.
Little children have suffered more than some in their life time. Now, the suffering and brutal damage extends all over the country and causing havoc in the lives of 7.5 millions of children. This war and the previous wars have inflicted lasting mental and emotional damage to the children. Children have lost 2-3 years of schooling.
Many of you have been asking how you can help children through Restore a Child in Ukraine. We have opened three of our four schools to shelter hundreds of refugees. We need your generous hearts to help us continue the humanitarian aid of secure sheltering, feeding, hygiene kits and providing babies with diapers and baby food. As things settle down, we will need to reintegrate teaching children and will need school supplies.
The good news is that our partner, Dr. Laszlo Szabo, professor at Friedensau Adventist University in Germany, is willing to purchase a truck load of needed supplies for the refugees and take it to the borders of Hungary this week. Let us fill the truck immediately so that refugees waiting in the cold without food on the borders can receive some help.
I conclude with more good news... your current donations to Ukraine will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant.