There are more than 100,000 children living in orphanages in Ukraine. In most cases orphans are abandoned by their own family due to lack of finances to support them, however, other reasons include alcoholism, abuse, crime illness, and poor medical health.

Children are facing life without love from parents, a life with an uncertain future. In some occasions, children are given to an orphanage straight after they are born.

The sad truth however is that these vulnerable children are often still at risk within the crisis centres and orphanages with stories of sexual exploitation and abuse being routinely heard.

Only recently police started an investigation of a case of child abuse inside a Ukrainian orphanage in Odessa. Children found the courage to speak to the police officer that went to investigate the abuse they are facing.  “They beat us in the face, belly with their hands,” the girl was said in a video posted on social media. (source: KyivPost,07.08.18). There were also complaints of sexual abuse and humiliation.  Children often run away from the orphanages to beg for money on the streets.

These children then face more difficult situations when they turn 16 and leave the orphanage.  Without money, limited education, no half-way home and no effective support, statistics show that In Ukraine 10% to 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen, and somewhere between 60 to 70% of Ukrainian orphans quickly become involved in prostitution or other organized crime.

The reports we receive make disturbing reading, with on average one disabled orphan dying  every 3 months due to lack of medical treatment. And so many cases where a child is abandoned to a state orphanage simply because of a disability, with the father routinely deserting the whole family. All this data make our hearts weep for these children, and as such we want to do our best to help as many children in state care as we can.

All this data make our hearts weep, we want to do our best to help as many children as we can.

We support programmes where children can live in a foster family and feel the love and care of a real family.

Educating youth on sexual health and on how to protect against HIV, STIs, unwanted pregnancies and domestic violence.

Providing medical equipment and supporting programmes that give children access to medical health.

Preventing trafficking and bringing children out of state care and into loving families is so much better for the child’s welfare, and somewhere that our local partners can visit and freely report back on each child’s development.

We will support programmes that help children stand on their feet after leaving an orphanage, helping them with basic life skills such as cooking and cleaning, and giving them the tools and skills needed for a responsible independent living.

We will try to help as many children as possible. Your support makes this possible.

There are many ways you can support more vulnerable children, you can help now by donating to ChildAid or shopping for alternative gifts and cards. You can also start a fundraising page for ChildAid here or on our Facebook Page.

However you choose to help, the children will be forever grateful. Thank you.

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