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The Children

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for children living in orphanages in Ukraine, as well as children disadvantaged and displaced as a result of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. Help Us Help The Children provides orphaned children and those deprived of parental care with immediate aid and ongoing support. Our mission is to improve their quality of life and health and create opportunities that allow them to realize their potential. We provide tools that can be taught and learned, but have also created a strong network of support and guidance – a notion of belonging to our extended Help Us Help family.

Every year since 1993, the organization has delivered summer and winter camps in Ukraine that focus on building life and leadership skills and psychological rehabilitation. In addition, a committee selects from camp attendees student-leaders to qualify for our Help Us Help Scholarship Program.

 
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The Cause

Today there are an estimated 106,000 children living in 750 orphanages/institutions across Ukraine. This figure does not include those displaced as a result of the current conflict in the East.

  • Only 8,000 are true orphans, the rest are socially orphaned (meaning that their caregivers are unable to care for them).

  • On average, 250 children enter the system each day, significantly more than the number graduating.

  • 20% of children graduating the system end up in prison.

  • 10% attempt or commit suicide.

  • Less than 1% make it to university.

 
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On-going Initiatives

  • Annual Summer Camps (since 1996) – societal and life skills training for orphans, displaced children, and children of fallen soldiers.

  • Annual Winter Camps (since 2004) – societal and life skills training for orphans, displaced children, and children of fallen soldiers.

  • Scholarship Program (since 1998) – financial scholastic support and mentorship through seminars and life-skills training workshops.

  • Anti-Trafficking Initiative.

  • AIDS Awareness Programs.