International aid organization warns growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine puts children at increased risk of trauma and exploitation

World Vision is on the ground in Romania distribution of aid packages, hygiene and child-friendly kits. The organization is also planning a cross-border response in Moldova preparing essential support for refugees through strategic partnerships with local NGOs. Relying on its significant local expertise in Romania, World Vision will also support the educational continuity of children. Discussions are underway with several partners to support their work inside Ukraine as well as.

“We are genuinely concerned about the growing humanitarian and psychological needs of the children and families most affected by the crisis in Ukraine“said Eleanor Monbiot OBE, World Vision Regional Manager for Middle East and Eastern Europe. “The situation is changing rapidly, but we are seeing in Ukraine, as we have seen in other conflicts around the world, that there is a growing psychological impact on children and families. “

“In conflict situations around the world, we have found that this helps restore a sense of normalcy and create better coping mechanisms during what could very well become a protracted crisis,” said Mirette Bahgat, Child Protection Technical Specialist for World Vision Canada. “We know that for children in particular, conflict is both upsetting and life-threatening. These children will need mental health support more than ever, but existing and limited services in refugee camps and host communities may not be able to meet the demand.

“We are deeply concerned about the escalation of the conflict across Ukraine and how it will affect the well-being of children. World Vision stands with crisis-affected girls, boys and families during this difficult and changing time,” said Michael Messenger, President and CEO of World Vision Canada. “More than 7.5 million children living in Ukraine are at grave risk and we know that children forced to flee their homes, and especially those without the protection of a caregiver, are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and violence. Children and families affected by this conflict need urgent support, and we are calling on Canadians to help by donating to World Vision Canada Ukraine crisis response.

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Link to World Vision Canada’s crisis response in Ukraine
To help Ukraine | Response to the Ukrainian crisis | World Vision Canada

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