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Odessa orphans in Ossa, Poland
Over 700 children were evacuated from Odessa and Odessa region orphanages of Ukraine in March of 2022. One of the biggest charitable foundations in Poland made it possible with the help from the United Nations organization. Children were lucky to not be separated and housed all together in a large conference center outside of Warsaw. More children were moved from Odessa since then and now the total number is over 800.
Polish hosts are doing a lot to ensure these kids have access to healthcare and other basic necessities. However, as the war continues, it’s becoming harder for people of Poland and their government to continue providing support for these children and millions of other Ukrainian refugees. Humanitarian aid from other European countries is less frequent and doesn’t cover all the children as 800 is a lot.
There is an ongoing need for supplemental groceries to add to the basic meals prepared by the convention center cafeteria as food is mostly prepared from processes ingredients to keep the cost down to ensure there is enough for all kids. Meals are starting to lack taste, nutrition, and vitamin variety, as well sometimes its things little kids don’t want to eat (spicy dishes, for example).
We would like to be able to provide additional groceries such as fresh vegetables and fruit, dairy products and meats, as well as hot cereal/ kashas. There are volunteers in Poland who are able to obtain these items in bulk and deliver them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
In addition to groceries and food, these children need non-prescription cold and flu medication as they are constantly sharing these viral diseases with each other.
Lastly, as supplies of second-hand clothing donations from Europe becoming less- kids need clothes and shoes on a regular basis as well as they are wearing them off and outgrowing them constantly.
We estimate the weekly cost of supplemented groceries for 800 to be $3,000.
Please consider donating some amount toward this need on a consistent basis. We are also looking for churches, business, and other organizations who would be willing to sponsor a specific week (or weeks) of groceries during the upcoming year. Please help us spread the word.
Family-style Orphanage in Krivoy Rog
We support a family-style orphanage with 10 kids currently located in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Some children in the family have disabilities and require assistance with medication. We help to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, and school supplies on a regular basis. Previously we had provided each child with a laptop to continue with online schooling. We had raised funds to obtain a power generator for this family and would need to support them with fuel costs for the generator.
Estimated monthly budget to assist this family-style orphanage is $750.00
Ukrainian Orphans Evacuated to Lviv
These kids are very little- one month to under 7 years old. There were evacuated from orphanages and hospitals from war zones in the cities of Zaporozhye, Kherson, and Mykolaev in the spring of 2022. More babies keep being moved to Lviv weekly. These orphans need assistance with groceries, diapers, clothing, and fuel for power generators. Estimated monthly budget to assist them on behalf of our organization is $1,000.