Kidsave is evacuating orphans and families from Ukrainian war zones. Staff, who'd been mentoring and finding families for orphans, built a network of vehicles and drivers that, as of Sept. 11 had had gotten 26,459 people, including 522 orphans, to safety, and delivered 696+ tons of humanitarian aid to those unable to leave. Kidsave continues to deliver desperately needed food, medicine, protective gear, water, generators and more, daily, with each trip in to rescue people. The needs are ongoing.
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.