A year ago today (24th February), Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea. This was the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II. Thousands of Ukrainian families had no choice but to flee their homeland, taking only what they could carry.
With a history of working in Moldova and Romania, which both border Ukraine, Children on the Edge responded immediately. Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from our community we were able to make an impact as refugees arrived, then throughout the year as they came to terms with the longer term consequences of the war.
For the last 10 years, we have been supporting volunteer Child Protection Teams (CPTs) in six slum communities in Jinja, Uganda, a city 80 km east of the capital in Kampala. This low-cost, community-owned model has transformed these areas, enabling local people to create protective environments that allow children to thrive.
In 2022, thanks to our amazing community of supporters, we were able to replicate and introduce the Child Protection Team model in a new area - Karamoja, eight hours north of Jinja. Here, poverty is rife, and children are at risk. But five new Child Protection Teams will tackle child rights abuses and ensure vulnerable children are better protected.
Chichester school, Westbourne House raises over £20,000 to support Children on the Edge’s Ukraine Appeal
When Russia invaded Ukraine this time last year, students at Westbourne House school in Chichester, wanted to support Ukrainian families who had been forced to flee their homes. The whole school community rallied, coming together to fundraise for Chichester based charity, Children on the Edge, raising more than £20,000 to support their work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania in 2022.