If there’s 1 thing most people know about me, it’s my dedicated support towards charities. In light of this, I eventually added a list of recommended charities to the top menu here on my blog, not just nationally here in Ukraine, but even internationally, including in the country most might not have expected of me, Russia. However, even though I might have made this list, it doesn’t say anything truly. Hence I am also making this post, which will be added for every country with more than 1 charity. Hopefully this may help you find a charity you would like to support. Together we can make certain everyone lives the life they deserve. (Information will be expanded at a future date.)
This list is updated by hand. Because of this, it may happen some information becomes outdated.
Charitable Foundation “Change One Life” Ukraine
You’re probably already aware of this foundation if you have read this blog for a longer time. In 2018 I wrote a blog post dedicated to this charity, which you can find here: https://snowcalmth.com/orphans-ukraine-russia/
“Change One Life” is based in Kyiv and supports orphans throughout all of Ukraine. This includes the Ukrainian oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk, but excludes the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Although the foundation does recognize Crimea as Ukraine, as shown on their official website, the Ukrainian foundation can’t support Crimea because of the Russian occupation of the region. If you wish to support orphans in Crimea through this foundation, it’s possible to do so through the Russian counterpart.
“Change One Life” sets itself apart from usual supporters of orphans by their effective approach of attempting to improve the national orphan database, improving the likelihood orphans are adopted by potential parents.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Russian language: https://changeonelife.ua/
Their website is also available in the Ukrainian language: https://changeonelife.ua/ua
And also the English language: https://changeonelife.ua/en
For support to Crimea, their Russian equivelant’s official website: https://changeonelife.ru/
Charitable Foundation “Shining Hope”
A special thank you goes out to my Russian friends at the charitable foundation “AdVita”, who made me aware of this foundation, the latest addition to the Ukrainian list.
Shining Hope is based in the Zaporizhian Melitopol and focuses on supporting sick and disabled children. The foundation holds national recognition not only for supporting children within the Zaporizhia Oblast, but also in the oblasts of Dnipro, Luhansk, and Donetsk. They do also support children in other locations, like in the Poltava Oblast and Kyiv.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Russian language: https://www.nadeshda.com.ua/
Their website is also partially available in the English language: https://www.nadeshda.com.ua/en/
Charitable Foundation “Tabletochki” (Pills)
Another foundation with national recognition. “Tabletochki”, or the actual translation of “Pills”, is based in Kyiv, and focuses completely on children with cancer. They set themselves apart from other charities by also a focus on children’s rights and training of doctors. You will regularly see advertisements for this charity on Ukrainian national television.
Through them I became aware of the Canadian SickKids foundation.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Ukrainian language: https://tabletochki.org/fond/
Their website is also available in the English language: https://tabletochki.org/en/foundation/
Charitable Foundation “Happy Child”
This foundation is probably the most well-known Ukrainian foundation in my list, including for my own support and love of them, shared from time to time through my Facebook profile. “Happy Child” is based in the city of Zaporizhia, the city I was born, and supports orphans, sick children, and disabled children primarily in the Oblast of Zaporizhia. They’re also known for their activities beyond just regular care, like their project “Yarn”(their translation!), which makes excursions possible for orphans and children from low-income families.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Russian language: deti.zp.ua
Their website is also available in the English language: deti.zp.ua/eng/
And also the German language: deti.zp.ua/de
Ukrainian Philanthropic Network
The “Ukrainian Philanthropic Network” – or “Ukrainian Charitable Network”, depending on your choice of translation – is based in Ivano-Frankivsk. They focus specifically on orphans with disabilities in the oblasts of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, and Volyn. Unlike most other charities supporting orphans with disabilities in Ukraine, they do not only focus on children, but also adults.
Charitable Foundation “Hope Worldwide” Ukraine
Undeniably Hope Worldwide is a rather personal inclusion to the list. The in Kyiv-based foundation is part of the international organisation Hope Worldwide, based in the United States of America. The foundation holds strong ties with the Canadian counterpart, which is known for funding many of this Ukrainian foundation’s projects.
They primarily support elderly, orphans, disadvantaged children and youth, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine. Among their ongoing projects is “Helping Hands” through which they train people like psychologists, therapists, educators, and social workers to provide psychological assistance to children (and their parents) originating from the war-struck Eastern Ukraine. This is where the personal connection is found, as I receive psychological support by a therapist trained through them.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Russian language: https://hopeww.org.ua/
Their website is also available in the Ukrainian language: https://hopeww.org.ua/uk/
And also in the English language: https://hopeww.org.ua/en/
Barnens Ambassad – also known as “Дитяче Посольство”, ” Children’s Embassy “, and “Lasten Lähetystö” – is based in both Ukraine and Sweden. They are known for primarily supporting destitute children and young persons, as well as their families (when applicable). An unique aspect of their approach is that while they’re technically a Christian organisation, they do support Jewish children and their families equally while being supportive to the Judaic beliefs. Another unique aspect is their Ukrainian team coming from broken childhoods, allowing to know from personal experience how the children might feel. The organisation is mostly known for the Friends’ House in the village of Pisky, Chernihiv Oblast.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Swedish language: https://barnensambassad.se/
Their website is also available in the Ukrainian language: http://childrensembassyua.org/
And also in the English language: https://childrensembassy.com/
Even the Finnish language: https://lastenlahetysto.org/
Barnens Hopp, or in English “Children’s Hope”, is a Swedish nonprofit organisation based in Stockholm. In Reni, Odessa Oblast they run the rehabilitation centre “Novy Dom”(New Home) where they take care of children who have a broken background, such as having been abused, living in hunger, poverty and misery. At Novy Dom, children who have lived in extreme misery and whose parents are unable to care for them live in a calm and safe environment that can give them future faith. They also have an emergency telephone line for emergency response. By their activities, misery changes into happiness.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Swedish language: https://www.barnenshopp.org/
Charitable Foundation “Zaporuka”
Zaporuka is based in the cities of Lviv and Kyiv. Their focus is on children with cancer and migrants, with their most important 3 values being humanity, honesty, and efficiency. They’re a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and of Childhood Cancer International (CCI), and are a long-time partner of the Italian Soleterre ONLUS. A lesser known fact about this foundation is their support towards abandoned babies, for who they fund private nursing services.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Ukrainian language: http://www.zaporuka.org.ua/
Their website is also available in the Russian language: http://www.zaporuka.org.ua/ru
And also in the English language: http://www.zaporuka.org.ua/en
Charitable Foundation “Ukraine! I am for you!”
This foundation started out to fight the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but has expanded to supporting homeless children, children without parental care, the Ukrainian army, those affected by the war in Eastern Ukraine, disabled people, youth, and elderly, as well as preserving the environment. One of the most noted parts of this foundation is that our Ukrainian government doesn’t do enough for the regular people of our country, and that’s why we have to help each other instead. This foundation works with the Ukrainian society itself to improve the lives of regular and disadvantaged Ukrainians.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the Ukrainian language: http://yazatebe.com/
Their website is also available in the Russian language: http://yazatebe.com/ru/
And also in the English language: http://yazatebe.com/en/
ChildFund Deutschland, or just ChildFund Germany, is ChildFund’s Germany-based organisation. This organisation is active here in Ukraine through projects supporting children with cancer in Lutsk, IDPs and refugees in Odessa, Kharkiv, Severodonetsk (Luhansk Oblast), and Kramatorsk (Donetsk Oblast), healthcare in Kamianka-Buzka, and some other projects. ChildFund works based on Christian values and beliefs.
You can learn more about them on their official website in the German language: http://www.childfund.de/ukraine
Information in the English language: https://childfundalliance.org/our-members/work/ukraine/childfund-deutschland-in-ukraine
ChildAid (To Eastern Europe)
Last, but most certainly not least, is ChildAid, based in the United Kingdom. I doubt I even need to state that I love them, seeing as they’re this blog’s first and primary support.
ChildAid has several projects they make possible here in Ukraine, like support to Roma children in Mukachevo, children without parental care through family foster home “New Beginning” in Mukachevo and “House of Light” in Kamianske, IDPs and refugees, families in need due to poverty, children with disabilities, and more. Including also the support to abandoned babies in Kamianske, less than an hour away of where I live, which touched me personally, with me having been in the situation of being abandoned as a baby myself and knowing the lacking support there actually is here in Ukraine to all of these babies and children. As, yes, the number of abandoned babies is still very high, making the help by ChildAid extremely important, in my personal opinion.
To learn more about ChildAid, check out their official website here: https://www.childaidee.org.uk/Pages/Category/ukraine
Ukrainian-born Jew of Polish and Russian descent and of Crimean Karaite heritage. Currently living in Poland. Generally impartial at politics. Political syncretist. Opinionated but willing to listen to anyone’s opinion. Certified mastering of 52 languages. Represented by Sony. Active in support of orphans, foundlings and other children without parental care. Prefers adoptions over foster care. Former foundling who was lucky to find his forever family. Diagnosed with health and mental health issues, but not disabled. Has a great love for anime, gaming, and TV series. Philanthropist. Social pedagogy graduate. Young ambassador of the British charity ChildAid.