Ukraine Stories

Ukraine Stories

A Place Where Kids can be Kids in Tumultous Times

Uliyana Batalia, 12, lives alone with her mother in the war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. Each day is a new struggle for them to survive the constant fighting and meet their basic needs.

One bright spot is the JDC-sponsored Teen Club at Lugansk’s Jewish community center. There…

Providing Services for Vulnerable Seniors in Times of Crisis

Mission participants help an elderly woman up the stairs at a rehabilitation center in Dnepropetrovsk. Access to medical care is one of several crucial services Federations help to fund for more than 7,000 vulnerable Jewish seniors in the city.

Ukrainian Aliyah up 143%

This couple, one of many of those displaced, is considering leaving the country and building new lives in Israel. Nearly 6,000 Ukrainian Jews made aliyah in 2014; already in 2015 that number is up 143 percent.

Comforts of Home in an Uncertain Situation

Displaced Jews decorate their rooms at a Federation-funded center for internally displaced people in Pavlograd. Ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine has forced 3,000 vulnerable Jews to flee their homes for uncertain futures.

Temporary Housing for Ukraine's Displaced

A young family sits in their new temporary home at a Federation-funded center for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Pavlograd. Many of the 3,000 IDPs are young middle-class families forced to flee for their safety.