Whilst this is a newer programme, set up in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Children on the Edge has a long history working both in Romania, and with Marius Aonicesei who is the Director of ADO. We spoke to Marius to find out more about his connection with Children on the Edge, his work with ADO, and the challenges facing Ukrainian refugees in Romania, 15 months after the war first started.
But not everyone was able to leave when the war first started, some had to stay, others lacked the means or resources to make the journey out of Ukraine.
More than a year since the conflict first started, Ukrainians are still crossing the borders every day, escaping the war and looking for safety. These are the families with greater needs, and less resources.
Iryna is a marketing professional who fled Ukraine to Romania with her nine year old daughter and her parents last February, when the Russian attacks made it too dangerous to stay any longer. Read her story...
Alexandra is a psychologist working at the Iasi orphanage centre in Romania, supported by Children on the Edge. The centre houses and cares for over 40 Ukrainian refugee children and provides daily activities, social work and help with trauma recovery. Read her story...
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.
Children on the Edge works in coalition with local communities in some of the toughest places in the world, transforming the lives of marginalised children by creating protective environments where they can safely live, play, learn and grow.
2022 was an incredible year of transformation for the children we work with, thanks to continued support of our Children on the Edge community.
We invite you to grab a cup of tea and spend some time reading through our highlights page to find out all about the impact you had in 2022, and just how much your generosity is making a difference.
Children on the Edge envisions a world in which every child thrives regardless of their geography, ethnicity, gender, or caste. We place children at the heart of everything we do by working hand-in-hand with local communities to restore hope, dignity, and justice; and to actively involve everyone in creating transformation.
Our work over throughout 2021-2022 reflects these values and we’re delighted to share with you what we’ve achieved, thanks to our generous supporters.
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