Update: April 30, 2022
Now 65 days into the war in Ukraine, our urgency remains. Children, mothers, and families still desperately need our help. We haven’t slowed down. We’ve rescued 17,273 people from dangerous war zones, including 9,067 children. We are vetting calls 24 hours a day from people who are facing unimaginable tragedy in their own backyards as bombs go off and buildings burn around them.
Friday morning on CNN, Kidsave’s CEO and co-founder talked about our efforts and the challenges of orphans who are facing fear and devastation without families. “There’s going to be a tremendous amount of work when this is all over,” she said. “We are already thinking about what we can do after this is over to get kids into families.”
With your continued support, Kidsave will be ready to rebuild, restore families, and place orphans into families when the war is over.
Update: April 27, 2022
As of today, we’ve rescued 16,484 civilians from war zones, 8,780 have been children. We recently evacuated 150 kids from Mykolaiv orphanages to a safe place in Ukraine and made sure they had an Easter celebration. They each got gift baskets filled with fruit, chocolate, wooden eggs and activities, thanks to the hard work of local volunteers who stuffed each basket with love. As of today, we’ve delivered more than 165 tons of humanitarian aid to people in need.
Update: April 24, 2022
Exactly two months into our rescue efforts, we’ve reached a major milestone delivering 15,515 people from war zones in Ukraine. Today we gifted hundreds of Orthodox Easter baskets to children to help them feel some joy and normalcy.
On CNN, actor and activist Liev Schreiber talked with Anderson Cooper about meeting our team in Ukraine. Schreiber said:
“This is an extraordinary guy named Pavlo Shulha and his wife who work in conjunction with an American charity actually called Kidsave. And Kidsave had initially set out to try to rescue 117 of their Kidsave orphans but then they started to work with this guy Pavlo. And Pavlo – between when the war started and now – with him and his wife and their [Kidsave] group have rescued, I think something like over 10,000 displaced women and children.
And this was a very sort of stoic guy and kind of the real Ray Donovan in many respects. Didn’t get emotional about anything he was saying to me until he told me a story about a kid in Culver City who held a bake sale and baked dog biscuits to send the money to Pavlo. And sent Pavlo $160. And when Pavlo told me that story, he just broke into tears. And it was incredibly moving to me that that’s the part that touched him after everything that he’d seen. That getting help from America, knowing that we felt connected, was probably the most powerful thing for him.“
Update: April 22, 2022
In Ukraine, the team is preparing for Orthodox Easter this weekend on April 24. They have packed Easter baskets with chocolates, treats, and activities for hundreds of kids. The team will hand them out to children at the rescue centers and as they make rescues on Sunday. We hope this surprise gift for kids will help them feel a bit of normalcy and joy while their worlds are changing as they know it. As of today, we’ve rescued 13,937 children and families from war zones in Ukraine. We have no plans of stopping.
Update: April 20, 2022
Our team recently faced the line of fire in Mykolaiv. A powerful bomb exploded and hit a nearby store. Thankfully, no one on our team was injured in the blast. Thanks to Kidsave supporters our team now has protective gear including helmets. To date, we have rescued 13,334 people including, 7, 311 children.
Update: April 16, 2022
As of today we’ve rescued 12,698 people, including 7,007 children. We have delivered at least 140 tons of food and humanitarian aid. We recently rescued our youngest person yet, a sweet 7-day-old baby girl and her mother Galina. A special thank you to our very own Olena Shulha, on Kidsave’s team, who made this rescue possible. In her words:
We have known Galina and her family for several years. She is an active volunteer for our organization in helping children and families in need. For nine years, she dreamed of having a second child. As soon as they started thinking about adoption or guardianship, without even waiting, she got pregnant.
When she was eight months pregnant, the war began. We offered Galina to go to a safe place, but due to severe stress, the doctor said that she was in danger of premature birth. Terrible time, constantly going down to the bomb shelter during air raids. But she is a very strong woman. On April 6, her beautiful daughter, Sofiyka, was born.
As soon as Galina and Sofiyka were discharged from the hospital, we agreed to take them to a safe place. We delivered them safely on April 13. Sofiyka’s father is in the military. He joined the army to defend his family. Thank God for trusting such tiny children to be in a safe place during this war. The mission of our Kidsave organization is to be Angels of Hope, and we are happy to do it.
Update: April 15, 2022
As of today, we’ve rescued 11,737 people from combat zones, including 5,542 kids.
We’ve been working to procure and purchase humanitarian aid, and arrange to get it to our team on the ground. They work with and deliver this aid to regional and municipal authorities, who then allocate to people sheltering in place or in the region. We delivered more than 130 tons of humanitarian aid from the border to hospitals and institutions in the combat areas.
We bring food in with rescues, leave it in the region, return with people, move them to the borders and pick up more food and supplies. Our team has been coming to the borders to pick up aid. We’re sourcing from US and Poland; Poland is preferred due to shipping. We feed about 6,000 people a day in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions. We need steady support to purchase these goods.
Update: April 11, 2022
CD media – American Conversations Hosts Christine Dolan and L Todd Wood speak with Randi Thompson of KidSave.org on her team’s efforts to save children in war-torn Ukraine, where they have evacuated over 9,000 orphans. This interview is part of a series on The Fight Against Human Trafficking.
Update: April 10, 2022
When we started this journey 45 days ago, our first goal was to rescue 117 Kidsave kids and families in Ukraine. We’d never imagine the impact we’d make for thousands more. Our brave Angels of Hope have now helped 10,217 people escape danger. Of those, 5,834 have been children. Our team has made multiple trips to combat zones in Mykolaiv, Bashtanka, Snigurivka, Kherson, New Odesa, Ismail, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Chernihiv, and many more cities. We’ve delivered people to safe zones in Ukraine and to the borders of Romania, Germany, and Poland. We spoke at length with our brave team in Ukraine. They told stories of their fears and the death and destruction they witnessed. They also sang beautiful songs of hope and comfort.
Update: April 8, 2022
This week we rescued 856 children and families from war-torn cities in Ukraine. As of today, we’ve rescued 9,850 people, 5,682 children total. By tomorrow we will reach 10,000 rescues. Women and children this week shared horrific stories of surviving for weeks with their children, and not having a place to hide. One woman named Tatiana relived the constant bombings from planes and shattered windows. “We were sitting in a basement scared to be buried alive,” she said. ” I had to leave everything to save my children.” More than anything she was grateful that her children are safe and alive.
Update: April 1, 2022
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Kidsave Helping Children In Ukraine
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Laila speaks with the Co-founder and CEO of the organization rescuing children and families as well as providing humanitarian aid in that country.
Update: April 1, 2022
As of today, Kidsave’s “Angels of Hope” have rescued 7, 594 people, including 4,636 children from war zones in Ukraine. The rescue-es this week traveled from cities in Mykolayiv to Romania and Poland. Currently the greatest need is for humanitarian aid, medicine, insulin, supplies and food staples. We are sending this aid as quickly as we can. Your financial support goes straight to this effort.