We raised a call for action. You responded.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST
When the crisis in Ukraine began in February 2022, we raised an urgent call for action to support children, and you responded.
We were overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of our incredible donors. This, along with the matched funding from our Founder, J.K. Rowling resulted in the most successful public fundraising appeal in Lumos’s history—with over £2 million raised for life-changing projects.
With your support, we have been able to provide vital support to vulnerable Ukrainian children and their families.
Humanitarian aid, educational kits, food and psycho-social support are just a few of the emergency goods and services we have delivered during a critical time.
There is still so much more to do, and thousands of families need more help.
Discover the impact your donation has made so far, and how your continued support can help us be there for children whose lives have been turned upside down by the war.
13,925+ CHILDREN PROVIDED WITH EMERGENCY AID
This included more than 250,000 tons of food and 50,000 non-food good to children—including 500 children with disabilities
25,900+ PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN & PARENTS/CARERS
This provided critical mental health support to those impacted by the crisis
7,450+ SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN RECIEVED EDUCATIONAL KITS
This allowed children to continue some form of learning during a time that significantly disrupted their education
WHAT'S NEXT FOR OUR WORK IN UKRAINE?
Child protection interventions can save lives.
Our main goal now is to support the transformation and strengthening of child welfare and protection systems to enable children to fully realise their rights to grow up in a family and have access to education, health and protection services.
We will continue to protect and deliver aid to the most vulnerable children, with a priority focus on children who are at risk of entering the residential childcare system, particularly:
CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED
We will be supporting children who have been forced to leave their home and are uncertain of what the future holds.
CHILDREN EVACUATED FROM INSTITUTIONS
Many children were rapidly evacuated from residential institutions at the beginning of the war and are now living with families (whether birth or foster). Those families now need our support so the children can remain where they belong—with their safe and loving families.
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Without the proper support for children with disabilities and their parents or carers, they're at risk of entering or returning to institutions.
STORIES OF HOPE
IVANNA & NINA
Ivanna fled her home with her three young granddaughters after their house was damaged by a bomb. Lumos has supported ivanna and her granddaughters with food, clothing and psychological support. Ivanna describes lumos’s help as “heating up our souls.”Learn more
Viktoria and her two young daughters have moved four times since the start of the war. Before the war she was a nurse, but now is unable to work as there is no one to stay at home with her children. They depend on help from organisations like Lumos to survive, particularly as they're now living in a rural area where there are fewer opportunities for humanitarian assistance.Learn more
Sofiya (17) wants to study Biology at university and then teach or work in a laboratory. Her education has been interrupted by the war, but Lumos has been supporting her and her 5 younger siblings with educational resources, as well as food and hygiene items. Her mother says: “Because of Lumos’s support, we can survive.”Learn more
"The institutional childcare system in Ukraine did not appear overnight, and despite the destruction that war brings, it cannot be dismantled overnight either. But this is nevertheless an opportunity for us all to reimagine a Ukraine where children are not trapped in orphanages, but where families and communities have the resources and services they need to take care of children where they belong – at home."
-Peter McDermott, Lumos CEO
We must not forget the impact of the war on Ukrainian children. We must not allow their futures to be stolen from them. Please be there for these children by making a donation today.