In normal times, orphans face a difficult life growing up in the orphanage environment and having to leave the orphanage at the age of 16 with little or no life skills. However, these are not normal times, especially for Ukrainian orphans. Their world has been turned upside down due to the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Prior to this war, countless orphans and vulnerable children were already experiencing significant trauma. The additional trauma of war has overwhelmed them. Nearly two out of every three children in Ukraine have been displaced by the war. Thousands of orphans in Ukraine have been safely transported to Poland, Germany, Moldova, Romania and other Eastern European countries where they are starting a new life, in a new country. More than 120,000 children, including orphans, have been transported to various cities and regions of Russia, some voluntarily, some forcibly.
Fory Orphan Care has begun helping orphans in Vinnytsia, Ukraine by providing a week-long camp for children housed in an orphanage for those whose parents have been killed in the war. A team of volunteers will travel to Poland and Romania the first week of December to provide Christmas gifts for Ukrainian orphans and refugee children in these countries.
How can you help? Donate funds to be used to purchase Christmas gifts and humanitarian aid for the children. Pray for the children, caretakers and safety for the team’s trip. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”. Pray for a time to love and a time for peace—for this war to end!