Keep The Kids Learning

My name is Joseph Nichols. I have been working on engineering projects in Ukraine for eight years and teaching English (native speakers are in huge demand) when possible. The situation in Ukraine has just about stopped all educational programs, and tens of thousands of children are left with little in the way of opportunities, or even choices, to continue to learn the skills they will need to grow and thrive.

We know that children are affected by disruptions in social interaction and long-term isolation in multiple ways. Cognitive skills are impacted, as are behavior, and important abilities such as speaking and problem-solving are negatively impacted as well. It's critical that the effects of war - loss or separation from family and friends, displacement in the community, fear and hopelessness be mitigated during the conflict. We need to do all we can to keep their minds active with positives, to foster interaction and a sense of "normal" (even a small one). Just a couple of hours of respite a day can be a huge gift to these innocent kids and their parents, as well as their future.
I am trying to raise money to purchase computers, books, and supplies to set up four or five learning centers in Lviv, Ukraine for children that the conflict has displaced.
I am already making trips to deliver medicines to the region and have connected with many teachers ready to devote the necessary time and energy. The number of children being forced to move is growing daily, and I know what I am going to do is a drop in the bucket - but dozens of others are doing it, and hopefully, in the months to come it will grow. All donated funds will go to the purchase of equipment and supplies.
Thank you for reading my story.
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Joseph Nichols 
Billings Metropolitan Area, MT