UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.

by Odessa Charity Foundation Way Home
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
UKRAINE. FAMILIES IN WAR ZONE NEED URGENT HELP.
Classes for kids in transit center
Classes for kids in transit center

Here comes autumn... In the spring, we sincerely hoped that by that time the war would be over and we could continue to live as usual in our beloved country. But the war stole this summer from us.

Therefore, we continue to work intensively, helping those who have suffered from hostilities. We continue to provide hundreds of people with housing in our transit center, food, humanitarian packs, medical and legal assistance, and help to evacuate to safe locations. At the same time, we don`t slow down the pace, scale and expand our activities.

Throughout our work with migrants, we are constantly confronted with the consequences of psychological upheavals and stress that they have experienced. Many are in a depressed or unstable emotional state. Children in their families are at even greater risk because the child's psyche is more vulnerable. Their development is negatively affected by trauma, loss of a sense of security, fears, changes in the usual environment and environment, life instability, as well as anxiety of parents.

We have launched a Psychological Service at the Foundation's Transit Center in Odesa, where 5 specialists constantly work with IDPs. Their tasks are to help people survive difficulties, accept reality, adapt to new conditions, find the resource in themselves to move on and restore their lives step by step. Psychologists work both individually with children, adults, and with the whole family as a whole. They conduct individual consultations and group sessions, using the most effective methods that primarily affect the stabilization of the emotional state of our clients.

Group trainings are held 3 times a week in each of our centers. Participants learn breathing exercises that neutralize anxiety, using the "Glass of Emotions", "Circle of Trust", "Interaction" techniques with metaphorical cards, art therapy methods, for example, drawing techniques for relieving stress, "My Family", "Tree", etc. .d. We are very happy to see positive results and good clients` feedback!

In addition, we are launching a new program to teach migrants in agribusiness. Such a program worked successfully before the war on our social farm for young people from vulnerable groups in the Odessa region. Now we are adapting it for adults, so that the migrants can get a source of income in a new place of residence.

Migrants should become a new force that will develop the Odesa region. And you can help them with this today!

Training for control of anxiety
Training for control of anxiety
Training for kids
Training for kids
Group therapy with IDPs
Group therapy with IDPs
Glass of Emotions method
Glass of Emotions method
Evacuation abroad
Evacuation abroad
Evacuation bus
Evacuation bus
Doctor in transit center
Doctor in transit center
We help families in Odesa whose homes were bombed
We help families in Odesa whose homes were bombed
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We are at our new home!
We are at our new home!

70 days of war have passed... When it started, no one in the world expected Ukraine to hold out for so long.

We are proud of our people like never before! They became a model of incredible courage and heroism, dignity in the face of disaster. They do everything in their power and even more every day for our victory, for help those who are in need now.

Our incredible team in these 70 days helped more than 1,200 women and children leave Ukraine for Europe and start living in safety, in comfortable conditions. Before that, when they fled to Odessa from their regions where hostilities or occupation are taking place, they lived in the temporary shelter of the Way Home. They received hot meals and all necessary goods here. The children spent their time with benefit and pleasure: they sculpted ceramics, drew, made hand-made, studied English, just communicated, told their stories, because after what you have experienced, you just need to talk with someone...

We continue to chat with refugee families, we advise them, mainly on legal issues. All of them have successfully settled in different countries, they receive services and assistance there and are very satisfied. Our German friends bought new minibus for the Foundation, thanks to that we take more people every day to the border checkpoint.

We have found that more and more families who arrived in Odessa want to stay here or cannot go abroad for various reasons. Some are planning to wait out the “hot” period and come back to their homes. Still, Odessa is a safer place now than their cities, for example, Kharkov, Mariupol or Kherson. However, as a rule, they have very little money, because most of them have been out of work since February.

There are quite a lot of apartments in the city, hotel rooms are rented at a reduced price now. Therefore, we decided to launch a new direction of assistance. We are looking for housing for IDP families with children and rent it at the expense of the Way Home. Families either pay only utilities or pay part of the rent, depending on their ability. We provide these apartments with the necessary furniture, utensils, bed linen for comfortable living of the family.

Another important area: humanitarian assistance to families in Odessa who is in difficult circumstances, without income, including because of the war. We have distributed over 1,000 large food packs during this time, about a ton of clothes, shoes, hygiene products, diapers for children.

The products of our social cafe have already become famous in the city. Every day our chefs prepare up to 300 delicious hot meals, dough pastries. They are received not only by low-income families, but also by volunteers who help protect our city.

We also deliver to the low-income families and to volunteers artesian water, which we extract on our farm. For example, this is how we help the people in Mykolaiv, where the water supply system was damaged due to the bombing.

Our Foundation continues these activities, although the prices of gasoline and food products have risen significantly and their availability has declined. We know that this is exactly what is urgently needed now!

And we are infinitely grateful for your donations, which made it possible to continue our project, which is extremely important for the life and safety of the Ukrainian people!

Girl in the shelter
Girl in the shelter
We are in safe place now!
We are in safe place now!
Migrant boy with his friend
Migrant boy with his friend
Family has found a home
Family has found a home
In our shelter
In our shelter
Migrants can find the clothes
Migrants can find the clothes
Food for low-income families in Odessa
Food for low-income families in Odessa
Food packs
Food packs
Food pack for granny
Food pack for granny
Humanitarian outreach in village
Humanitarian outreach in village
Water for life!
Water for life!
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Cooking
Cooking

So the one month of the war in Ukraine has passed. We cannot believe. It actually seems like a whole year or two has passed. And we still cannot accept that this is all happening to us.

But we'll think about it later. And today it is important to help those who need it most. Indeed, a huge number of people want to help people in Ukraine. During this month, the Foundation received donations from more than a thousand caring people from all over the world. This unprecedented solidarity gives us more and more resources and strength to cope with the challenges posed by war.

The Way Home Foundation team has streamlined all operational processes to maximize the effectiveness and coverage of the emergency assistance program for those affected by the war with Russia.

The number of refugees who receive comprehensive services: food, temporary housing and transportation by mini-van to travel abroad is increasing to 60 people a day.

While they are staying with us, the teachers of the Foundation engage children in pottery, drawing and playing. This is very important, because it distracts them from sad thoughts and alleviates the effects of stress experienced.

We have found good partners in Moldova, Romania, Germany, France and in other countries who meet our ward families, they help them find accommodation, assistance and process paperwork. All families are very happy with how they were received there and they send us photos from European cities.

Our bakery has evolved into a social cafe serving a variety of hot lunch meals daily for over 300 servings and thousands of different baked goods. We deliver food and artesian water for low-income families, for refugees (at the train station) and for volunteers.

All of our employees work in their places. Several women from our local Crisis Center have also joined in cooking and baking and they can earn money in this way.

We also started to work with the reception and distribution of humanitarian aid for low-income families: clothes, shoes, hygiene items in Odessa and Mykolaiv. More volunteers have joined us and they help us a lot.

We are sincerely grateful for the words of support and kindness that you write to us.

Slava Ukraini!

Hand maid classes
Hand maid classes
Bakery
Bakery
Humanitarian aid
Humanitarian aid
Mykolaiv support
Mykolaiv support
Families in need
Families in need
Cooking
Cooking
Refugees
Refugees
Shelter
Shelter
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Refugees
Refugees

These days, our usually quiet yard at 10 Sofiivska street has turned into a beehive. Everyone is in a hurry, buzzing, collecting, meeting, sending...

Restaurateurs have joined us together with volunteers. Our social café is constantly preparing not only pastries now, but also hot lunches, which have already been appreciated by the defenders at checkpoints and immigrants from other regions, thousands of whom come to Odessa city every day. We distribute hundreds of food kits every day for families in need and for refugees including right at the railway station.

Today we have given shelter and meals for about 30 immigrants - women with children from Mykolaiv region in our social hostel whom we will take away to Moldova border soon. More than 250 of our wards are already live abroad in safety.

And while they are visiting us, the tutors of the Foundation hold classes with children on pottery, drawing, playing games with them. This is very important because it helps distract them from sad thoughts and reduce the effects of stress.

We also improved the equipment of all the bomb shelters in our neighborhood, because there was absolutely nothing. We have brought water, blankets, hygiene items, some furniture to make it more comfortable for those who are hiding there.

We receive a lot of support from Odesa residents and from abroad. I was moved to tears when one elderly man brought today, as he said, “everything he could for the children”: a few packs of flour, cereals, shampoo... Endless gratitude for your open hearts!

Together we stand! Slava Ukraini!

Railway station in Odessa
Railway station in Odessa
Pottery studio
Pottery studio
Food for refugees on rainway station
Food for refugees on rainway station
On the board with Moldova
On the board with Moldova
Bomb shelters are equipped
Bomb shelters are equipped
We buy everything that needed
We buy everything that needed
We buy everything that needed
We buy everything that needed
We are in Italy now
We are in Italy now
The boy
The boy
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Leaving from Odessa
Leaving from Odessa

We never could have imagined the horror our country would face. For more than a week now, the war has been going on in Ukraine: incessant shocking terror, massive bombing of cities, killing hundreds of civilians, children from the most powerful weapons.

Although our hearts are breaking every day, in these conditions we are directing all our efforts to help those who have been affected by hostilities and to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable people. We are glad that our initiative found a response in your hearts.

We want to tell you what we have already done.

1. Help for vulnerable families with children who live in Odessa. Prices in the city have risen for everything, and many of the families have lost income. We prepare and distribute food packages and hygiene kits for them. In 2 days, 32 such sets were distributed and we will continue. We also inform families online about safety issues and receiving various assistance.

2. Helping refugees to evacuate abroad. Odessa city is a major transport hub in southern Ukraine and is located close to the border with Moldova and Romania. Despite daily air raids, it is still relatively safe here. Many refugees from the regions where the bombings and active battles take place come here and seek salvation. Mostly they are women with children. They are very scared and confused.

We provide them with a temporary shelter for 1-2 days in our social hostels, full meals, buy all the goods they need, and then arrange for them to travel abroad. Since the road is long, we cook and give them lunches for a snack.

Thanks to this important work, 76 women and children have already left for the Czech Republic and Moldova. We keep in touch with the refugees to make sure they are all right. To coordinate efforts, we cooperate with other NGOs and social services.

We are glad that thanks to your donations and GlobalGiving, we are able to help more people in crisis. Your support is more valuable today than ever!

Glory to Ukraine!


Food package
Food package
Food packages
Food packages
Leaving Ukraine
Leaving Ukraine
Little refugee
Little refugee
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Odessa Charity Foundation Way Home

Location: Odessa - Ukraine
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Hanna Trepaliuk
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