Healing emotional wounds from conflict in eastern Ukraine
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 7 April 2017 – The emotional wounds and trauma of living through more than three years of conflict are an everyday reality for hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers in eastern Ukraine.
Sirens and bomb shelters: Going to school in eastern Ukraine
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine, 16 March 2017 – The bell rings and the whole class visibly tenses. A moment passes and everyone relaxes, the bell is just marking the end of a lesson. Three rings would have meant time to take cover.
Children left vulnerable after heavy fighting in Ukraine
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine, 3 February 2017 – Following intense fighting over the last several days around the town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, more than 17,000 people – including 2,500 children – are facing freezing weather without any heating, electricity or water.
School helps children in eastern Ukraine cope with stress of armed conflict
TORESTSK, Ukraine, 25 January 2017 – Toretsk secondary school is located in the village of Druzhba less than 10 km away from the military positions in eastern Ukraine. About 130 children study there. Around three years ago that number was more than 200, but many families fled due to the armed conflict.
Small Grants initiative brings new ideas to life in eastern Ukraine
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, 8 November 2016 – Oleksiy, 14, Karyna, 14, and Tetiana, 28, live in Rodynske, a small town near Pokrovsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk oblast. Although Rodynske is home to 10,000 inhabitants, including 3,500 children and young people, sports facilities are very limited.
A community centre in eastern Ukraine offers respite for vulnerable families
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 24 September 2015 – “I always bring some food,” laughs Jana, as she places apple pie in front of us. “I have many children, so it seems to me that everybody is always hungry, and I must feed them.”
In Ukraine, life can change in a minute
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 19 August 2015 – Children are playing in the backyard of Dmytriivska Street 29 in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. They look like local children trying to pick the first apples of the season from the big tree near the house, which hosts a Community Protection Centre run by the NGO Ukrainian Frontiers, supported by UNICEF.
In eastern Ukraine, water shortage puts babies and mothers at risk
STAKHANOV, Ukraine, 16 July 2015 – Between 30 and 50 children are born at the Stakhanov hospital every month. The city lies in what is now a non-government-controlled part of Luhansk region. It has the only operating maternity hospital in the area, after shelling damaged maternity wards in the nearby cities of Pervomaysk and Kirovsk, and medical staff at the ward in Bryanka have been displaced.
In eastern Ukraine, mobile psychologists bring relief to children
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine, 4 June 2015 – In early 2015, the town of Debaltseve, positioned strategically in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, became a locus of conflict. After several weeks of fighting, the town was no longer government-controlled. When the hostilities had ended, Ms. Ovcharenko and a specialist from the de facto Ministry of Emergency went from basement to basement, bomb shelter to bomb shelter, searching for small children who had been hiding with their families.
An invisible emergency in Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine, 12 December 2014 – The streets of Kharkiv seem more crowded recently, as the influx of people from eastern Ukraine steadily carries on. Since the conflict began in March this year, more than a million people have fled their homes.
In Ukraine, a city adapts to the needs of children with disabilities and opens new doors for them
VINNYTSYA, Ukraine, 4 December 2012 - Oleksandra (Sasha) Berehuta, 13, recently went to school for the first time.
UNICEF-hosted football tournament unites for vulnerable children in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine, 4 June 2012 – Last week, UNICEF hosted a football tournament for vulnerable children from Kyiv, Donetsk, Odesa, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. The team from Donetsk won the Cup.
In Ukraine, providing holistic health care to sexually exploited adolescents and other at-risk youth
MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine, 27 February 2012 – Anya* does not talk much about her teen years in Mykolayiv, one of the most populous cities in southern Ukraine . She desperately wants to forget the days of fighting with her grandfather, who was her only surviving relative after her parents died, and what happened after she was thrown out of the house.
In video shorts, young Ukrainians tell their stories about HIV and AIDS
KIEV, Ukraine, 9 August 2010 – Fifteen children 12 to 18 years of age from across Ukraine recently gathered in the capital, Kiev, to participate in an innovative video workshop.
Ukrainian pop stars sing about child rights
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 December 2009 – For the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF along with a leading Ukrainian television channel (M1 TV) and other pop celebrities debuted a song about children’s rights titled ‘The Fire of the Hearts’.
Young Moldovan’s film addresses need for reform of institutional child care
CHISINAU, Moldova , 7 December 2009 – Tudor Culeanu, 15, looked on with pride while his short film, ‘The Moscow Train’, was presented to delegates attending a high-level Conference on Child Care System Reform in the Moldovan capital.
UNICEF helps to rebuild vaccination trust in Ukraine
ODESSA, Ukraine 15 October 2009 – It's a busy morning in Public Polyclinic Number Five in Ukraine's southern city where many parents have brought their children for vaccination.
International Child Neurology Congress affirms vaccination safety in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 September 2009 – UNICEF was among this year’s sponsors of the International Child Neurology Congress, held in Ukraine for the first time last week.
‘The Way Home’ works to protect the rights and lives of street children in Odessa
ODESSA, Ukraine, 19 November 2007 – For thousands of street children in Ukraine, daily life is a fight for survival. Their rights are often violated and normal childhood has often been replaced by drug addiction and violence.
UNICEF Ukraine helps re-unite abandoned siblings and encourages family-based care
KHMELNYTSKY, Ukraine, 9 November 2007 – Until recently, Makar, 8, and his sister Shura, 7, were growing up apart, abandoned by their parents into Ukraine’s state child-care facilities.
Centre for struggling mothers aims to break the cycle of child abandonment in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine, 12 July 2007 – Oksana’s life had never been easy. After having grown up in an orphanage and struggling to make a stable life as an adult, she found herself pregnant and alone. After giving birth prematurely to a daughter, Marynka, she and her baby were hospitalized for a month.
UNICEF Executive Director addresses UN special meeting to commemorate Chernobyl
NEW YORK, USA, 28 APRIL 2006 – At the United Nations today, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addressed a special meeting of the General Assembly in remembrance of the Chernobyl disaster.
For a Russian teenager, photography brings the legacy of Chernobyl into focus
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, 25 April 2006 – In the 20 years since Chernobyl exploded and gave the world yet another synonym for destruction, a generation of children has grown up with no memory of the event. Like everyone in his class at school in the village of Novy Bobovichi, Sergei Kravchenko, 14, knows only what he hears from his parents and other adults.
Twenty years later, the Chernobyl disaster still affects children’s health
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, 25 April 2006 – On the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, UNICEF is urging the governments of countries still affected by fallout from the radioactive blast to take a simple yet effective step to save and improve lives.
Ukraine: HIV-positive youth counsellor says children need AIDS information from real people
CHERKASSY, Ukraine, 3 November 2005 – “HIV completely changed my life. The life of an HIV-positive person is extremely difficult in my country. And children are the most affected.
Poverty in Ukraine leads to abandoned babies
KHERSON, Ukraine/NEW YORK, 9 February 2005 - Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Eastern Europe and also one of the poorest, with children often bearing the brunt of chronic poverty. Living standards have declined dramatically over the past decade and many families – particularly those with single parents - are living below the poverty line.
Ukraine fights rising HIV/AIDS infection rate
ODESSA, 7 May 2004—Still caught in the transition from a former Soviet country to a modern society, the Ukraine has become one of Europe’s epicentres of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with numbers of affected people increasing daily. Situated at a key crossroads between Asian suppliers and western European consumers, Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa is a primary entry point for illicit drugs.