Olena Zelenska meets with the largest charitable foundations of Great Britain

05 December 2022
First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and representatives of the Foundation met with International Rescue Committee and the largest charitable foundations in the UK: Buttle UK, Save the Children, and World Vision UK. 

The representatives of the Foundation shared with the charitable foundations the problems that millions of Ukrainians are facing on a daily basis. In particular, the representatives of the funds discussed how to deal with the problem of the "lost generation".

Now the Foundation is moving on to agree on specific projects with British charitable foundations, in particular, aimed at the safety, well-being and education of children in Ukraine. So, for example, the representatives of the Foundation have already agreed that they will work with the crisis groups of British organizations on the ground to find and close all the requests from the people most affected by the war even more quickly than now.

"Millions of Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes. Almost 2,000 educational institutions have been damaged. About 500 hospitals no longer work properly. Tens of thousands of private homes are either destroyed or no longer habitable. Accordingly, the support of our civilian population is a particularly urgent task. The need for quality medical care has increased. The sphere of education requires special attention," Olena Zelenska said. "The scale of destruction and the number of internally displaced persons pose serious humanitarian challenges to our state."

The above-mentioned British foundations possess ample experience in overcoming severe crises worldwide. For many decades (and Save the Children for more than a hundred years), they have been saving hundreds of thousands of people, solving humanitarian problems, helping schools and hospitals, supporting young families, and providing grants to volunteers.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian relief and development non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1933. The IRC provides emergency and long-term assistance to refugees and people displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. IRC currently operates in approximately 40 countries and 28 US cities. The committee's work focuses on health, education, economic well-being and safety.

Buttle UK is a charity that helps children and young people in the UK who have experienced crisis, are experiencing financial hardship and are dealing with a range of complex social issues. It was founded in 1937. Throughout this time, it has helped many thousands of people across the United Kingdom. In 2015-16, it awarded 10,068 grants totaling just over £ 3.9m.

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that provides aid and supports children in developing countries. It has 30 national member organizations operating in 120 countries. It has about 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization was founded in 1919 in Great Britain in response to the tragedy of the First World War to improve children's lives.

World Vision UK is an international Christian charity focused on helping children. It was founded in 1950. It is currently one of the world's largest aid and development organizations. Today, World Vision works in partnership with nearly 100 countries worldwide, helping more than 100 million people fight poverty, hunger and injustice.