Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is how it is further endangering already vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor, and orphans.
Jewish families are being torn apart by the crisis in Ukraine as fighting continues between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists. Hundreds of Jews have been forced to leave everything behind and escape with just the clothes on their backs. The Fellowship has teamed up with our partners on the ground to help the Ukrainian Jews with housing, food, and basic essentials until they can find another place to settle or make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).
One of those partners on the ground in Ukraine is Tikva, an orphanage in Odessa that cares for children of all ages who have no parents or who lack proper parental support. The Fellowship has been supporting Tikva since 2002, and we have offered additional assistance over the past year as this orphanage has been affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Tikva has recently welcomed a new member to their family: two-year-old Eva. Eva’s mother has just been imprisoned for the third time, and her frequent incarcerations have caused Eva to bounce in and out of state orphanages over the years. This time, though, Eva will be given a warm and caring home at Tikva, thanks to The Fellowship’s ongoing support.