The project with Ukraine began in Barcelona in 2002. The initial idea was to send humanitarian aid to Ukrainian immigrant families in precarious situations.
At the same time, work camps were organised in Ukraine with Spanish university students, who collaborated in the restoration of a dining hall for children without resources in the Lviv Monastery.
ONGD Coopera was also working in this field. In order to reach more Ukrainian families, an alliance called SOS Ukraine was created (currently formed by AFA Barcelona, ONGD Coopera and Fundació Montblanc).
The Sisters of the IVE, of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, work on behalf of families and children in Ukraine together with Acció Familiar and ONGD Coopera. We have been joining forces for many years to help families in need and take in orphans in the country.
When the war started (in February 2022), we were asked to help protect the people who were counting on them. Thanks to their involvement, we have been able to take in many families and children in different parts of Spain.
In Ukraine there are about 200,000 children living in orphanages. Approximately 80% of them have parents, but the state has removed them from their care because of problems of alcoholism, drug addiction, delinquency or abuse.
When they turn 16, they leave the orphanage with a very poor education and many deficiencies, especially emotional. They are not prepared to integrate into society and 70% of them end up falling into delinquency, drugs or prostitution.
Since Christmas 2003, the foster care project has been reorganised to help the most disadvantaged children. The orphanages of Zhuravno and Chervonograd in the Lviv region, and those of Zgurivka and Borispol in the Kiev region have been contacted and several aid projects are being implemented.
A peaceful response to war
In 2022, with the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, a new project was started to take in women and children looking for shelter.
Thanks to the three organisations, more than 700 people have been accommodated in 19 houses.
Since the beginning of the war, we have counted on the collaboration of several entities and local involvement in favour of refugees throughout the country.
In Paredes de Nava we have developed a project together with the City Council called: Sewing for Ukraine.
(In the image, you can find the project dossier).
Among other projects, with the same objective, we hosted several Ukrainian orphans in a house in Mas del Ter between 25 August and 25 September.
This project was carried out at the request of the Ukrainian government and in partnership with Gen Ukrainian.