We got a call in late 2017 letting us know of dire economic conditions in Kherson, Ukraine. We were told of destitute families and semi-orphaned children that were struggling to purchase enough food to get by month-to-month amidst the economic collapse which Ukraine was going through.
We immediately jumped in and decided to support forty to fifty (40-50) needy families with children on a monthly basis. In some instances the children have no parents and live with their grandparents, in other cases the children have developmental needs and don’t have the resources to go to school. In other cases, children and adults live with impoverished elderly parents who are together struggling to get by. In Ukraine there is a rampant crisis of “social orphans” which are children with living adults that are either incarcerated and/or not able to take care of them. Often a mother lives with a drug addict or alcoholic step-father which creates a condition of malnourishment. As these mothers and children are technically not orphans there is very limited governmental help which they are eligible to receive. GHI has stepped in and through partner organisations on the ground has assessed month over month which families really are in critical need of malnourishment and/or starvation and transfer funds to be distributed through partners to up to 70 children and their families each month.