We want to share with you a personal story about the orphans in war-torn Ukraine. As you may know, during the year of war in Ukraine, we studied information about orphans in war zones. This helped us to quickly recognize their needs for food, medicines, close relocation, and arranging basements for their facilities. We worked hard to build a new appropriate environment, hire and keep teachers and nurses for them, and arrange emergency medical help for some.
Our goal was to prevent these children from being kidnapped and avoid the situation where Ukrainian children disappear in foreign countries, especially a country-aggressor. Unfortunately, estimates suggest that between 13,000 to 307,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia without any indication of when they could return home. The Ukrainian Office of the Prosecutor General also reported that nearly 800 children have died or disappeared in the process of deportation.
As you can imagine, the situation in Ukraine is dire, and these children are some of the most vulnerable. But we have hope. The Security Service of Ukraine has started the process of investigating this crime and the possible returning of these kids to Ukraine.
We want to take a moment to express our gratitude to all our donors, doctors, teachers, and nurses who have worked tirelessly with these orphans. We also want to thank the amazing families who agreed to take orphans home, despite their own difficult situation of living in the war. It takes a special kind of person to step up and care for a child in need, and we are grateful for each and every one of them.
We have a great hope that missing kids will come back home, but until then, we will continue to do everything in our power to arrange the best possible living conditions for them. Whether they are in another facility, with a new temporary family, in the hospital, or even in the basement, we want to make sure they are safe and well taken care of.
We hope this personal story has touched your heart and inspired you to help in any way you can. Remember, your care is the only thing that protects children from this war. Together, we can make a difference and bring hope to these children who have already endured so much.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.