In 2016, together with the Christian Rescue Service, we launched a project to support children living in the “gray zone” in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Every day they are accompanied by fear that the grenade will hit the house or that their parents will be hurt. Rehabilitation and recreation of “gray zone children” is a sign of our solidarity and compassion for suffering kids.
What does it look like?
In eastern Ukraine, HSP volunteers form a group of up to 10 people and organize escorts to Fastiv. The target group are children from the most needy families with many children or social orphans, as well as disabled children. Of course, we cannot answer all their needs or cure war trauma within 7 days, but we can provide a week of real, carefree childhood in the House of Saint Martin.
Every day, children receive a full range of rehabilitation services: psychological support and individual consultations, halotherapy and relaxation massage, water procedures in the jacuzzi with chromotherapy, outdoor fitness classes and support from the scoliosis prevention practitioner. Consultations with a dentist and dental treatment are extremely valuable for children. Classes in the ceramic and carpentry workshop, recreational and educational trips as well as nutritious homemade food leave an unforgettable experience in the memory of children. All this helps strengthen mental resilience. This time gives children hope that one day and peace will come to their city. We strive to expand the scope of our services, and in addition to rehabilitation stays, we also organize summer holidays for children in their dream places.
3 years – 30 stays,
from 7 to 16 years old