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Support Children Traumatised by war

Over two years on, hundreds of thousands of children and families are still facing the devastation caused by war.

The War Continues

You can support refugee children and families affected by the war in Ukraine.

War is not over

Now entering the third year of conflict, the war in Ukraine continues to traumatise and change lives forever.

The trauma of war on children is devastating and negatively impacts their sense of safety, their mental health and their education. Childhoods are lost.

With your support, we can give children a chance to be children again.

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You can help:

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Build a Child-Friendly Space to give 300 children and youth a safe place to be children again.

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Provide psychosocial assistance to support the mental health and wellbeing of 1,100 people, including children.

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Deliver recreational and education programmes for 600 children while they’re unable to access formal education.

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Double your donation

This work is so essential, the NZ Government will match your donation dollar for dollar. Meaning your donation of $50 will become $100 - helping even more children receive the care and support they need now.

Give today to provide much needed support to children traumatised by war.

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Alena's story

Before the war, 9-year-old Alena* was confident, brave, and outgoing. She had many friends and loved making new ones.

After the war began, Alena, her mother and younger sister fled to Moldova, taking with them only what they could carry. Not speaking the local language, the family were alone and socially isolated in the small village they found refuge in.

War changes everything. And Alena changed too. She was no longer the bright, confident, and brave girl she was back home. She clung to her mother at every moment, and she began to be afraid and startled whenever she heard thunder and fireworks.

When the family moved, Alena received care from a psychologist as part of the ChildFund project to provide psychosocial support to children affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

With continued care and support, Alena’s anxiety has begun to reduce. She can now watch fireworks from a distance and doesn’t hide when she hears thunder. She is making new friends and slowly returning to her former bright, confident self.

*name changed to protect privacy

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Over 2.5 million people fled their homes since the Russian Invasion on Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

With the support of generous Kiwis and the NZ Government, we’ve helped more than 33,000 children with food, medicine, shelter, hygiene kits, baby food, cash assistance, educational services, and psychosocial support.

Currently, approximately 110,000 refugees are finding shelter in Moldova – mostly women and children.

Safe spaces for children to play, learn and just be children are either limited or overcrowded. With uncertain futures, women and children are that much more vulnerable.

Right now, ChildFund is working to support the refugee community in 2 regions in Moldova. Your support today will go towards improving the psychosocial wellbeing of refugee and host community children and caregivers that have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

Key statistics

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110,000 Ukrainian refugees are residing in Moldova

Ukrainian refugees are making up approximately 4.5% of the total population of Moldova.

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2 of 3 children aren't going to school

Refugee children from Ukraine remain excluded from national education systems in their host countries.

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More than 2,600 schools damaged

And more than 400 completely destroyed in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war.

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Donate now to support Ukrainian children and families in Moldova

Thanks to our partnership with the NZ Government, the value of your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.