Kidsave is successfully evacuating orphans and families from Ukraine. Staff who were mentoring at-risk youth and getting kids out of institutions and into families have responded to the crisis by building a network of vehicles and drivers that, as of March 15 had gotten almost 4,000 people - mostly orphans and other institutionalized children - out of the country and delivered 40 tons of humanitarian supplies inside Ukraine. Kidsave has purchased 9 buses, vans and trucks and goes to war zones.
Ukraine's 100,000+ institutionalized youth are growing up without the essential life and professional skills to start an independent life as confident, contributing adults. Every year about 10,000 young people, ages 18-23, are released from the system and left to adapt with little or no guidance. The current political and economic crises worsen their chances of getting vocational training and jobs that fulfill their potential. The youth and their country suffer as a result.
This project helps these underserved youth first by listening to them in order to determine their motivation, interests, and vision of their future; then holding classes led by field specialists to help them learn about their chosen field; then recruiting, screening, and training mentors in those fields, and finally organizing events to match corporate mentors with young individuals and helping find internships and jobs for them.
The long-term impact is substantial if more staff are hired to do this one-on-one work with children and corporate mentors. Kidsave has built a network of partner-NGOs in Kyiv, Lviv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Ivano-Frankivsk. This program can be replicated and scaled up by our partner with local government and NGO organizations from all regions of the country. We provide training and have substantial experience with events, we share our models and protocols and provide informational and consulting.