Help Children in Ukrainian Refugee Camps

Help Ukrainian Children in Refugee Camps

Help children who are living in refugee camps in Ukraine. Your donation is needed urgently for these children to thrive and survive.
Please become a monthly donor if you can. Thanks!

Take a minute to watch this inspiring video about a teenage girl who had to flee for her life with her family.

Her home was bombed and is no more. See her family take their journey to safety. 

What Ukrainian displaced mothers and children need

The needs of the displaced mothers and children that we are helping change seasonally. As we provide various needs, others come to the surface.

The current ongoing needs are food and medicine.  Some of the children have special medical needs as well.

Your recurring monthly donation can help create a cushion of support for these families who have suffered so much and lost their homes because of the war.

Ukrainian Refugee Update

The refugees we are helping live in the western part of Ukraine around Uzhhorod, which is located near the border with Slovakia and Hungary.

So far this region is safe. Currently, the mothers and children we are helping live in a wing of a regional hospital. Others are staying in a boarding house. They had to move out of  displaced persons camps last fall in order to find a warm place to live during the winter.

Thanks to your generous donations, World’s Children has wired $13,000 to our partner in Ukraine to buy needed supplies. You have provided tablets for students, chargers, diapers, a vacuum cleaner, washing machine, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, cooking equipment and medicine.

In their own words

These photos may look like a boy and a girl in the middle school of your town, but they’re not.

a boy in refugee camp in Ukraine
His father died fighting in the war with Russia.
girl in Ukrainian refugee camp
Her dream is to have a cozy home with no fear of having to escape again.

Displaced mothers and children in refugee camps in Ukraine tell their stories

Maria is 16. She writes: “We were forced to leave the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region because the war had started. Our house is destroyed. We arrived in Transcarpathia in May 2022. Twenty-four animals came with us. Dad works as a rescuer in the fire department. Dad stayed there to save people. I am very proud of my dad! In 2014, Dad was the first to go to save people in the city of Debaltsevo under shelling.

Dad is my hero. I played sports. In February 22, there was shelling and I was injured. I was in a cast on my leg for more than 2 months, the other leg was cut. The war destroyed all our plans and desires. My dream is to return home when the war ends. And now I plan to study to become a border guard. I also want to defend my country! I am finishing the 11th grade with flying colors.”

The story of Anna: We moved from the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region on May 3, 2022. It took 30 minutes to collect all the things, and you could take only the most necessary. My daughter is almost five years old and I didn’t want to explain to her at that moment what exactly happened and why we had to leave urgently with a small amount of things. Therefore, I decided to say that we are going on a trip and she took only two toys with her. We’ve been here for more than a year now and of course some toys have appeared, but she still remembers the table for “beauties” (hairdresser) that was left at home. She doesn’t know yet that our apartment burned to the ground but she firmly believes that we will definitely return and she will beautify her room.

A mother’s story: My daughter Valeriya is 11 years old. She is very energetic, interested in various types of activities. In particular, she has been doing choreography since she was five years old. She studies different languages – now at school it is English and German, in addition to Slovak. She loves making various crafts and drawing. It so happened that we were forced to leave the city of Kharkiv due to constant shelling. Many homes near us were damaged and people killed. We arrived in Uzhhorod in March 2022 from Zaporizhzhia. My son is 14 years old. He misses his home and friends very much.

Kateryna: I am a mother with two children who had to leave for a safe place due to the war. I raise them myself. We have the status of IDPs (internally displaced persons). My son is five months old. My daughter is seven years old.

Ivan’s story: He is 12 years old. He left with his mother from the occupied city of Balaklia in Kharkiv Oblast. During the war the boy lost his father, who died while in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, defending the Motherland. The child is going through this very hard, but he is trying to live a full life with his mother in the displaced people camp.

Another mother’s story: Our family was forced to leave Kharkiv on April 5, 2022, after a month of living in a bomb shelter and shelling. Gathering our thoughts, we left: mother, daughter and dog Athena. My daughter likes to draw, sing, dance and find positive moments, despite difficult times. It is her positivity that inspires us for the best future! In Kharkiv, she went to dance clubs, attended various master classes, studied English and now continues to study English. Her dream is to return to Kharkiv and live in Peace!


Where is this camp located?
This camp is located in the western region of Ukraine called Zakarpattia Oblast (state). This is a safe region where there is no active warfare at this time. It is close to the border with Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

Is this an IDP camp?
Refugee camps inside Ukraine are also know as IDP (internally displaced persons) camps since the camps are in Ukraine, not in another country.

How do I know my donation will really benefit the refugee children?
World’s Children (WC) has taken every precaution to vet our partners in Ukraine. We have a country liaison and a verified Ukrainian nonprofit that we work with. All our partners are under contract with us. They are required to provide audit reports, photos, estimates, and receipts.

WC is a 501 (c) 3. We receive the highest ratings from Candid, Charity Navigator and Better Business Bureau nonprofit rating agencies because we value excellence and want your donation to be used as you have requested. After a project is completed, we supply photos and reports to our donors. Your donation is tax-deductible in the US.

Do you protect the identity of the children?
We use pseudonyms and do not connect the child/mother’s story with the photos we use.

On behalf of these children, we thank you!

World’s Children is committed to honoring your stated preferences for donations.
In some circumstances, such as overfunding of a project, your contribution will be used
for the greatest current need of vulnerable children.

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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