OH Ukraine Update – Changes Due to War
Because the situation in Ukraine with the war, Orphans Hope has for the first time temporarily expanded our scope beyond just helping orphans to also include relief efforts to care for the people suffering and fleeing from the fighting.
The war in has caused great challenges and suffering within the country. In the midst of this we have assisted with evacuation, food, and humanitarian assistance to orphanages and people fleeing the war. In 2022 we served also 129 orphans from 5 orphanages, foster families, and graduates from orphanages. We held IT classes for young people in Kiev region and counseling for vulnerable teens and families at risk. We also provided mentoring and life skills classes for two groups of teens.
Orphan’s Hope Ukraine is usually working with orphans in government orphanages, bringing love and working to give them a future with hope. These children have a tremendous vacuum, missing the love and care of a family. Our focus is currently on orphanages located in the Kiev region. Typically about 20% are orphans whose parents died and 80% of the children are social orphans. Social orphans come from abandonment, abuse, and violence, with parents who were drug addicts or alcoholics. The stories are tragic and the children are beautiful.