Leaving her bank job and some of her family and friends in Ukraine, Marina fled her home in the Donetsk region with her grandchildren. They boarded an evacuation bus as their city was under attack.
Marina and her two grandchildren, Masha (8) and Ilya (3), crossed the border to safety near her sister’s home in Transnistria. They are thankful to have found refuge with her sister for the last month, but the transition of leaving the familiar and moving to another country is still difficult. Second-grader Masha misses her home, friends, and art school. And for Marina, this transition is accentuated by the war in their homeland, “It’s so difficult for me to be here knowing that our friends and family are in danger at home, but I am here for my grandchildren. I want them to be in a safe place.” Marina’s worry and feelings of hopelessness increased as she received news that another attack on her home city occurred while our partners were meeting with her.
These are not the only challenges faced by refugees. Many residents of Ukraine had significant financial difficulties even in peacetime. Things are worse now amid war. Most refugees have left with little of their own possessions.
Our partners in Transnistria are actively meeting the needs of refugees crossing their borders. They provide families with food and hygiene packages, clothing, and other essentials that help make their lives away from home a little easier. As they meet these physical needs, they also care for spiritual needs, sharing the hope they have because of Jesus.
The generosity of our donors has enabled our partners to respond to the immense needs of those fleeing Ukraine. These supplies, and the personal connection that comes with them, bring a measure of encouragement to the refugees who have few belongings and little hope. “I am grateful to Help the Children,” says Marina, “Thank you for the food packages you gave us. This was a big need for us. Thank you for your care!”
Reaching the Hearts of Children and Refugees
Seeking Hope and Security
Refugees Receive Care and Support
Refugees Experience the Care of the Local Church
Your Care Makes a Difference in Wartime
Fear to Faith
A Seed Planted
Opening Arms to Help Hurting Neighbors from Ukraine
Practical Help to Refugees of War
Refuge from War is Found at Churches in Ukraine
Helping Refugees from Ukraine Through the Help The Children Charity
Transnistrian Partners Serve Like “The Good Samaritan”
The Ukrainian Church is Serving in a Time of War
Maybe There is a God!
Help the Children is Providing Women and Children a Haven from the War
Simple Blankets, Big Impact
1,737 Children Hear About Jesus Through Bible Clubs
Extreme Activities and Camping Make an Eternal Impact in the Lives of Teens
Larisa's Family Is Helped Through The Local Church
Reaching Neighborhood Youth Through Sports
Family Food Pack Update
Vlad Gets Help Navigating Life
Thanks from Children of the Street
A Relationship Leads to Discipleship
“The Foundation of My Life Was Laid” Through Bible Clubs
2020 in Retrospect
Esley Patsch, Founder