We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits. Today, we bring you a heartfelt story from the director of one of our partner orphanages, detailing the bravery and resilience shown by the orphanage staff and local community amidst a devastating conflict. For safety reasons, we have refrained from mentioning specific locations or names.
“When the war began, their facility was already overflowing with children. Tragically, no evacuation or aid was provided for them. As the conflict escalated, the orphanage faced numerous challenges, including a lack of financial support, a non-functional local government, and the looming threat of Russian forces seeking to take over the facility.
Resourceful and determined, the orphanage staff reached out to volunteers and organizations like ours for assistance. Through your generous donations, we were able to supply them with essential food and medicine. Despite their dire circumstances, the staff managed to protect the children from being taken away by Russian forces by moving them to local family orphanages.
During these trying times, the local banking system was not functioning, and some unscrupulous individuals took advantage of the situation. Local gypsies, or opportunistic people, offered to cash money from Ukrainian cards using their own terminals but charged an exorbitant 30-40% profit on each transaction. This further strained the limited resources available to the orphanage and the families sheltering the children.”
The ongoing conflict has left these makeshift families in desperate need of support. With no financial aid from the government, the orphanage director humbly requests your continued assistance in helping these children, their new families, and the staff who have taken on the role of parents.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to continue providing aid to these courageous individuals and the children they protect. Your donation will make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by this crisis. Please consider donating today to help us continue this vital work.
Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
We are forever grateful to you.