Kidsave's evacuated 30,000+ orphans and others from Ukrainian war zones and has brought 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukrainians caught in the war. Current needs are immense, with daily trips in, but we are also preparing for a time of healing. We are the building a retreat in western Ukraine to bring war trauma training and therapy to Ukrainian kids and families, lodging, skills-building for young adults, a summer camp and other services plus space and time for connection and healing.
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. It is still in operation even during the war.
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.
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