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4 June 2020 - Story

WE DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AND SAVE THE CHILDREN'S AID HAS HELPED US A LOT

Five-year-old Aleksey* and his family fled their home in eastern Ukraine when they heard gunshots near their house. He now lives in Druhkovka where his parents cannot find permanent work and they often don’t have money to pay for food, clothes and medical treatment.

Thursday 21 April 2016

Five-year-old Aleksey* lived happily in Donetsk with his toys and his favourite robot until fighting erupted near his home one day. Fearing for their children’s safety, his parents decided to flee with nothing – not even money.

“Before the conflict our life was very good because we had our own apartment, everything was in order and we had three children. We lived in Donetsk until it wasn’t safe for us and our children. We stayed there until one morning we heard fighting near our house. Our children could hear the guns and were running around the apartment. They were afraid. So we decided to leave everything, even without money,” says Aleksey’s father Vladimir*.

Now the family lives in Druzhkovka in eastern Ukraine where Vladimir - despite his best efforts - cannot find a job and his wife is too unwell to work.

“There aren’t many jobs here in Druzhkovka for highly skilled people. I’m willing to take a low-skilled job but people here also want to work in low-skilled jobs. So it’s very difficult and I only have temporary work,” explains Vladimir.

Save the Children is helping the most vulnerable families and children like Aleksey get through the harsh winter.

With funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Save the Children has provided cash grants to the most vulnerable families, caught in Ukraine crisis, to help them survive during the winter and buy food, warm clothes, medicine and pay rent.

Aleksey and his family received a cash grant from Save the Children. New winter boots were bought for the boy. He loves them and wears to kindergarten every day.  

“I like going to kindergarten because I like to play there with the robots and the construction toys.…This winter I got some new pants and socks, and new boots. My old boots were damaged so I got new ones,” says Aleksey.

“We bought winter clothes and shoes for the children,” adds Aleksey’s father Vladimir. “We also used the grant to pay for the transportation of my oldest daughter to her school”.

“Thank you for the cash program. We do not always have enough money and this has helped us a lot.”

Aleksey and his family received a cash grant from Save the Children. It helped them through the hardest months of winter and meant they could buy food and warm clothes.

Aleksey and his family received a cash grant from Save the Children. It helped them through the hardest months of winter and meant they could buy food and warm clothes.

Aleksey loves his new winter boots and wears them to kindergarten every day.

Aleksey loves his new winter boots and wears them to kindergarten every day.