After two years of war in Ukraine, more and more children are facing acute food insecurity. Many families, including those with disabled children, low incomes and the internally displaced, don't have the means to survive. They are unable to afford essential personal care products and household cleaning supplies. Many go hungry because food is unaffordable. BKC and our local partners work on the ground, distributing food and essentials among conflict-affected families.
Poverty has soared in Ukraine as the cost of living crisis, heightened by the war, impacts families already struggling to make ends meet. Affected families, often single-mother households, are trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited if any, opportunities for employment. For many children with disabilities and low-income families in Ukraine, the next meal is uncertain, and without immediate assistance, they face starvation.
We help vulnerable children and their families access emergency food and supplies in two ways. First, we purchase and distribute essentials through special children's centres/hospitals. And second, we transfer up to 100 euros to struggling families so they can buy essentials as oftentimes there are no delivery services available.
While Europe has united to accept Ukrainian refugees, many people must stay in Ukraine due to uncontrollable circumstances. They are hostages and unwilling participants in the war. There must be real support for those who cannot escape and seek refuge. By helping disabled children and children from low-income families, you contribute to our humanity. We focus on recognising vulnerable children so they are not the forgotten victims of this invasion. Every life matters.