The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left already orphaned children in a dire situation. Local non-profits are partnering to help them.
Network Peninsula is a nonprofit organization that provides programs to help strengthen local nonprofits. A donor offered to match up to $5,000 in donations made to Heart for Orphans between March 15 and 31 according to Karen Dutro, Executive Director of Network Peninsula.
Established in 2003, Heart for Orphans in Williamsburg runs foster care homes for young orphaned children and transition homes for orphaned teens in Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya.
Today, as a result of Russia’s invasion, most of their house parents have fled Ukraine to get their families and the children to safety.
“Heart for Orphans has been working in Ukraine for nearly 20 years,” said Amber Linnekin, Director of Donor Relations. “This situation is devastating to us as we consider these people our family. Support from our community is more important now than ever before.”
Money raised will help Heart for Orphans to relocate families to other eastern European countries. Network Peninsula’s Board of Directors has donated $1,000.
The families don’t know whether their relocation is temporary or permanent. Heart for Orphans is able to help because of their established connections and relationships in Ukraine, Dutro said.
To donate to this matching campaign, visit https://757ukraine.givesmart.com/ or text 757ukraine to 76278. Every dollar received for this emergency fund will be going directly to relocation costs. Heart for Orphans is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are generally tax-deductible. To learn more about Heart for Orphans’ work in Ukraine, visit heartfororphans.com.