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Project information

New Centre for Vulnerable Children in Ukraine

Following the war in eastern Ukraine over 200,000 children are living a traumatised existence. Children are showing signs of severe anxiety.
This new centre will offer a retreat and rehabilitation for those with deep emotional scars from both war trauma and by living in vulnerable circumstances.

Set up: 18 months. Then ongoing.

Charity information: ChildAid to Eastern Europe

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  • Need


    In April 2017 UNICEF reported that 1 in 4 children in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are living a traumatised existence after over three years of violence.
    Children live in chronic fear and uncertainty due to intermittent shelling, unpredictable fighting and dangers from landmines.
    Bed-wetting, nightmares, aggressive behaviour and withdrawal from families and communities are all sign of anxiety.
    The new centre, near Kiev, will offer respite and rehabilitation to aid recovery.


    Whilst there are many places children could go in Ukraine, they are often expensive and not necessarily equipped to cope with children suffering war-affected anxiety or living in very poor conditions.
    This Centre will provide a free resource to children who simply need time away from their unfavourable circumstances. But, it will also offer rehabilitation for conditions that if not treated will delay or even prevent their integration into mainstream adult life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip centre to hold up to 30 children at any one time on a residential basis


    » To construct a phase 1 facility in grounds near forest. Phase 2 will offer more extensive facilities but will form part of future project.
    » Provide furnishings suitable for a respite for 30 children

    What success will look like

    Premises will be equipped and ready to open within 18 months

    Aim 2

    To initiate programme of rehabilitation care for 30 children


    » To staff and operate centre providing appropriate skills sets for traumatised and disabled children

    What success will look like

    Staffing and operational structures in place for centre to be fully operational within 18 months

  • Impact


    Traumatised children will have their suffering eased and be rehabilitated so that they can continue a more positively focused childhood creating firmer foundations for their future.
    Children living in vulnerable families will have respite from their harsh conditions and receive educational and emotional support.
    Children living with disabilities will have remedial rehabilitation and respite from difficult living conditions, and will be given a voice that society doesn't listen to at present.


    Risk: There is always a low risk of land being confiscated by authorities. However, we will have good local connections to the powers of authority and to the British Embassy which will preclude a draconian act. Plus, the land we are purchasing has a secure current ownership.

    Risk: Being unable to find suitable staff.
    The state of the Ukrainian economy means that good people to staff the centre will not be difficult to find.


    Regular reporting through social media and hard copy updates.
    Volunteer visits will be possible for donors who want to be more actively involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £122,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Land purchase To purchase 2 hectares of land
      £80,000 Construction To refurbish/build the centre
      £15,000 Furnishing To equip facilty for 30 children
      £15,000 Operational To commence the running of the Centre

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Legacy £85,000 Guaranteed
    Private supporter £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The war in Ukraine has substantailly impacted the lives of huge numbers, and the country as a whole has struggled to recover even the tentative signs of improvement following years of corruption and mismanagement.
    Ukraine is a long way from even being close to coming out of its severe problems.
    Resources are simply not available to offer care facilities for children from the poorest and most affected communities. The lives of children with disabilities are at best harsh and difficult.


    Children from the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society.
    Families who receive little or no support from the State for their children affected by disability or war.
    Communities who will be able to unite together as they become stronger thanks to the offer of a programme of support.
    The local and national state as more children and young people are able to overcome their barriers to leading fulfilled and participative lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChildAid has worked in Ukraine for virtually all of its 43 years existence.
    We understand how to operate without being impinged by bureaucracy and corruption.
    Recent years have seen us work in the war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine where we have worked alongside a large number of families in communities directly impacted by war and trauma.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ihor Prus

    Locally based project partner who will have hands on control of the project

    Yuriy Potapenko

    UK based project manager who will strategically manage the project

    Martin Wilcox

    UK based manager who will oversee the financial management and communication processes