Over 5 million people have had to leave Ukraine to bordering countries such as Poland, Hungary or Romania. Half of them are children.
Within Ukraine, more than 7 million people have been forcibly displaced, many of them girls and boys. Since the start of the war, everyday, 22 schools are attacked or used for military purposes, leaving these children without playgrounds and learning spaces, and without safety.
From the very beginning, we activated our emergency protocol to be at their side and offer care, refuge and companionship.
In addition to refuge, accommodation and food, we work so they can continue to have access to education and to safe and peaceful spaces. That’s why we developed friendly classrooms. These are classrooms set up in schools and nursery schools in host countries that support the integration of Ukrainian refugee children. These are places where they can play together freely and which offer them a significant amount of normality. We rely on Ukrainian mothers who are teachers and who can dedicate their time as volunteers.
When it comes to teenagers and young people, we offer artistic activities of all kinds, including visits to the zoo, theatre or dance performances, as well as language courses to help with communication and integration. We also support teachers in host countries to cope with the inclusion of refugee children.
Furthermore, we encourage and support refugee children in Ukraine to attend their classes online. We provide them with school supplies and other necessary materials, as well as an internet connection and tablets so they can connect.