Ukrainian Orphans Need Your Help

The current crisis in Ukraine has intensified the needs of foster families. Many have been unable to leave Ukraine, and they need support now more than ever.
 
Ukrainian-based NGO Sunflower Academy has been supporting Ukrainian foster families since 2018. The needs caused by war are greater than Sunflower Academy can support alone. We have stepped up our efforts since the war broke out by partnering with Umbrex, a global community of top-tier consultants. Umbrex has been helping with the fundraising and operational costs of this effort.
 
Since the war broke out, we have helped 61 families with one-time donations of $200 - $500 per family, while 33 more families are on the waiting list. Despite this assistance ongoing support is needed for the identified families, and there are hundreds of Ukrainian orphans still on our waitlist. We are in need of more funds to directly support the needs of these families during this war.



Our Ukrainian team and volunteers identify families, verify documents, and conduct video verification before the final selection of the families to support. We’re asking for donations to help these families with:
 
- Relocation costs
- Food
- Medicine
- Sleeping bags
- Clothing
- Educational supplies
 
Our goal is to:
  • financially assist 100 foster families in Ukraine. Large families of 7+ children need at least $500 a month.
  • provide monthly support to orphan foster families in need for the duration of the war.
100% of all donations received will be given to the families in need.
 
The story of Liudmyla and her family, who were affected by the war:
 
 
The war has been devastating to the 7.5 million Ukrainian children. The impact has been more acute on the already vulnerable 100,000 orphans in foster care homes, such as the home of Liudmyla and her family. Their home was in the Luhansk region of Eastern Ukraine, where many of the fiercest battles have been taking place. Liudmyla and her three daughters are all foster mothers, each caring for 10 orphans. To escape the constant shelling of their town, the women and their collective 40 children took refuge in a bomb shelter. For 40 days they survived in darkness, with scarce food, water, and an uncertain fate. The families were miraculously rescued by volunteers and moved to a hostel in Western Ukraine. The trauma of war will always be with Liudmyla and her family.

 
In 2016 the Ukrainian government began closing orphanages across the country and placing children in foster care settings to be raised by caretakers in a family setting like that of Liudmyla and her daughters. It is not uncommon for one caretaker to take on the responsibility of caring for a large number of orphans in addition to their own biological children. It is not uncommon for orphans to have special medical needs for physical or mental health issues.
 
To meet more families and team members of Sunflower Academy, visit our social media pages here:
 
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