Keep The Kids Learning

25 September 2022
Ukraine

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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. Though mostly self-funded, this fundraiser began almost seven months ago and has collected over 5000USD in U.S. donations, medical supplies and equipment, hygiene products, desks for students, and school supplies. It has also allowed us to pay a small stipend to teachers that the ongoing conflict has displaced.

As of 01 September, 216 schools have been destroyed and 391 damaged in six months.
In total, more than 177,000 children currently face limited access to education at the beginning of the 2022 school year.

With the winter months just around the corner, the need for winter clothing for kids is evident. Though Ukraine continues to generate electricity, the delivery infrastructure and the central heating systems have been severely damaged. Currently, we are preparing to distribute 800 children's winter jackets of various sizes. Sweaters, scarves, mittens and base layer shirts are needed as well.

There are over 8 million internally displaced people (IDP's) in Ukraine, primarily women and children. It is estimated that there are over 10 million refugees - people that have left the country. Both these numbers are expected to grow dramatically in the next few months (October, 2022 - Mid 2023).

We know that children are affected by disruptions in social interaction and long-term isolation in multiple ways. Cognitive skills are impacted, as is behavior, and essential abilities such as speaking and problem-solving are negatively impacted. The effects of war - loss or separation from family and friends, displacement in the community, fear and hopelessness must 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 massive gift to these innocent kids, their parents, and their future.
 
We continue to raise money to purchase computers, books, and supplies. In addition, our operation has established eighteen learning centers in Lviv, Chernihiv, Ternopil and Rivne for children displaced by the conflict.
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 purchase equipment and supplies - 100%.
 
Thank you for reading my story.
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    • $100 
    • 8 d
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    • $100 
    • 9 d
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    • $500 
    • 10 d
  • Tom Nolte 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
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    • $50 
    • 19 d
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Joseph Nichols 
Organizer
Billings Metropolitan Area, MT

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