The Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine signed a memorandum with the Olena Zelenska Foundation to support children from foster families Ukrainian orphanages. As part of the arrangement, the Embassy donated UAH 1.2 million to the Foundation to help children.
“Through financing a humanitarian project of the Olena Zelenska Foundation, the Embassy of Switzerland is glad to help providing essential winter equipment to an orphanage in Sumy Oblast. The projects of the Olena Zelenska Foundation allow for an efficient and unbureaucratic way to reach the most vulnerable and the people most in need of assistance in Ukraine,“ Claude Wild, Ambassador of Switzerland to Ukraine, said.
One of the key directions of the Foundation's work is helping children. The initiative aims to provide support to foster families throughout entire Ukraine. In particular, this year, the Foundation is helping children from foster families in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Sumy, Chernihiv, and Zhytomyr regions. There are 296 foster families in these regions. Due to the war and constant energy and communications outages, they need help.
The foundation stays in touch with the families and closes all their requests. So far, dozens of foster families have received from the Foundation generators, convectors, household appliances, gas stoves, gadgets for children to proceed with their studies, blankets, etc.
"The Russian military is now actively shelling the Ukrainian energy infrastructure to leave us without light, communication, and other viable resources. They try to deprive our children of the opportunity to learn and develop. But we cannot allow this to happen, so we direct all our resources to our children so they can have a prosperous future," said the director of the Foundation, Nina Gorbachova.
Last year, the Foundation completely covered the humanitarian needs of 23 foster families, where more than 200 children live, in Kyiv and Odesa regions. Now they will be able to get through this hardest winter in all the years of Ukraine's independence more easily.