“My message is to support children today while thinking about the future. We need to support them to overcome what is going on now, to feel safe, loved and protected, despite the circumstances. But we are also obliged to protect their hearts and minds from hate. This is an effect of the wars we do not think about very often – a long lasting hatred which will mark their future. I see these scars in my region, and they are now transgenerational.”
– Zorica Trikic
“We are very shocked by this situation in Ukraine, especially because we in Serbia have gone through a similar hell. Since last Friday, I have made contact with our partner organizations from the REYN network, we talked about the challenges they are facing at this difficult time. They expressed as a priority what they need, especially in the border area where there is a large number of refugees, mothers and children. They do not have enough accommodation, that they do not have clothes and shoes, as well as food. So, as a national REYN network in Serbia, we are ready to launch actions to collect humanitarian aid in cooperation with the Serbian Red Cross, and to find ways to deliver it to them.”
– Božidar Nikolić
On March 2, 2022, we gathered as a global community for a moment of silence in solidarity with the children and families of Ukraine. In the call, Monika Rosciszewska-Wozniak of Poland shared with us how they are preparing to welcome refugees into their home. If you were unable to join the call, watch the recording below to learn a bit more from our from community members experiencing this tragedy first hand. If you are looking for ways to support Ukraine during this heart breaking time, several organizations recommended by participants of this conversation are noted below.
|Doctors without Borders|
|International Committee of the Red Cross|
|International Medical Corps|
|International Step by Step Association|
|Save the Children|
|Sunflower of Peace|
|UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)|
|Voices of Children, Ukraine|
So love the work you are doing. This is heartbreaking and yes, we all need to do something. One small action can mean so much to someone experiencing this terror.