As Children on the Edge work with partners to respond to the needs of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Romania, we have found ourselves going back to our roots; now working with Ukrainian refugee children without parental care, living in state run institutions.
Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, we have been working with our partner organisations in Moldova and Romania to support Ukrainian refugee arrivals. Rachel Bentley, our CEO and co-founder and Ben Wilkes, our Chief Operating Officer have just returned from the region, where they visited our partners, met refugee families and saw first hand how the situation on the ground is changing, nearly three months on from the start of the war.
Our partners in Moldova are supporting refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine. Anastasia (age 32) and her son Platosha (age 2) have been staying at the Speranta Centre since the start of the war. Here is their story….
As the war in Ukraine continues to shock the world, and more and more Ukrainians are fleeing the country for safety, what is happening on the ground in Romania and Moldova as thousands of refugees arrive? What are Children on the Edge doing to help?
Plummeting temperatures in Lebanon throughout January and February created freezing conditions for Syrian refugee families surviving in canvas shelters at a time when fuel is completely unaffordable. They have been in desperate need of help to heat their homes.
Thanks to an appeal this winter, our supporters have helped provide fuel vouchers for 319 families, so they can stay warm.
The crisis in Ukraine has shocked the world, and as with other conflicts and crises, people are desperate to help. But what is the best way to support the people affected and respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe?
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been fleeing the Russian invasion in their country and crossing the borders into Romania and Moldova where our local partner organisations are providing food, clothing, shelter and support. With more refugees expected, they need urgent funds to help support more families.
Please donate to our appeal and support Ukrainian refugee families.
Students in Lebanon have been working hard over the past few months to find creative ways to support their local communities; using their new carpentry and sewing skills to repair and upcycle tents and clothing for refugee families in need. We have been blown away by their efforts....
Despite the ongoing political and economic crisis in Lebanon, the school we support in Zahle continues to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugee students. The children are not only learning, they are thriving. Mahmoud, in Grade 9 loves attending school and is excelling in class, especially now he can actually read the board thanks to a new pair of glasses.
Every year, our partners in Kachin State, Myanmar provide the children who attend our Early Childhood Development centres with a new set of warm clothes to help them stay warm during the winter months. The children received their parcels in December 2021 and were absolutely delighted with their new clothes. The children were even happier to return to their preschools to show off their new clothes in January after many months of closures.
Thank you so much for your donations throughout the year that help to make this all happen.