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Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine

A microproject by ChildAid to Eastern Europe
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine
Care for 1,000 traumatised children in Ukraine

Thank you so much for contributing towards the project to care for traumatised chldren in Ukraine. We are delighted to inform you that our target was not only reached within our GlobalGiving project but also matched with offline gifts - giving us an incredible $20,000 in funds to develop a trauma care programme.

Here is an outline of our plans:.

-          Stage 1 willbe a 2-3 day workshop session for our 3 Ukrainian partner organisations (based in the west, the centre, and the Donbass region in the east) introducing the key concepts of trauma care and providing the leaders with some tools they could look to use. This will involve around 10 leaders and take place in May or June

-          Stage 2 would be a more intense training for caregivers (parents, foster parents, guardians) into trauma care

-          Stage 3 would be long distance follow up via Skype

-          A further element of the programme will be to include a trauma care workshop in our next Partners Conference (where we will gather together all of our partners). Here the Ukrainian partners will share their experience and successes of using the learnt techniques

In addition to all of the training provision, we will also supplement the existing programme of care for vulnerable children as a key element of trauma care is to build trust and relationship and often we may need to do this by meeting the immediate needs first.

Thank you for being a part of this new development and if you would like to hear more about the project then do contcat us at

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Ivan is now happy and safe
Ivan is now happy and safe

This is a story of hope.  Hope that even the worst situations can change when love and care is present.

Ivan (15), Natalia (10) and Ira (8) have the same father but different mothers. Ivan’s mother died from alcoholic hepatitis. His father an alcoholic lived a selfish life. The girls’ mother was an orphan, she lived in orphanage till she grew up. One day she came to dad’s place as a guest and stayed with him. Later they had two children. Ivan lived with his grandmother and the girls with the father. Every time they visited the grandmother to eat something they cried because they didn’t want to return home, but the grandmother couldn’t afford to care for all the children.

For them home meant starvation, violence, sexual abuse and lots of suffering.When Ivan’s grandmother died he had to return to live with his father. The father was regularly violent. 

Dad’s friends came often, and they drank and did horrible things in front of the children. Very often when parents were sleeping drunk and naked, dad’s friends hit children and touched them inappropriately.

When, eventually social services came to take the children away, their parents couldn’t even get out of bed because they were heavily drunk. They found Ira on the floor in temperatures of 40 . The children often went to the neighbours to ask for a little bit of semolina for Ira.

All the children were malnourished.

Our partners New Beginnings, Ukraine took the 3 children into their home. It was a blessing not to be sent to the State orphanage.  They are now loved and cared for by their foster family. Ira began to talk, Ivan is making progress at school, Natalia sings very well. 

It’s amazing how these children were saved. How different their story could have been.

Along with our partners and our recent Trustee, Jovita Anikinaite, a child psychiatrist with extensive experience in trauma, we are working to help children experiencing trauma.

Your kind donations are giving hope and security to children experiencing trauma.

Thank you.


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Swimming for the first time
Swimming for the first time

Life isn’t always easy, especially for a girl living in a conflict zone.

Elena lived with her family under fire, her house was not far from one of the military units in the Donbass area. Bullets ricocheted off the roofs of the houses and the siren went on and on.
On many occasions the family had to hide underground in the cellar to save their lives. Elena is scared of fireworks, thunder, explosions, and she lives with anxiety.

We can’t imagine the mental scars and the psychological trauma of a child living in a conflict zone.

Her family moved to a refugee camp close to our partner Children’s Hearts, Ukraine. This year she attended the summer camp for girls.

At the camp, Elena gradually began to open up, found new friends and played games.

She was in the pool for the first time, and expressed indescribable emotions.

Elena even began to sing and dance with the girls, thanks to close connections built with her.

Along with our partners and our recent Trustee, Jovita Anikinaite, a child psychiatrist with extensive experience in trauma, we are working to help children experiencing trauma.

Your caring support will ensure that we will continue to support children who have been traumatized by poverty, abuse, abandonment, conflict and civil war
Any donation no matter how big or small makes such a big difference.

Thank you.

Children at summer camp
Children at summer camp


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ChildAid to Eastern Europe

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @childaidrr
Project Leader:
Martin Wilcox
Charity Manager
London, London United Kingdom

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