The main goal is to make feel children safe who are far from their families. This is always a challenging task for the staff of mobile camps, and even more so during times of war, as most of the children come from front-line and de-occupied territories.

Maxim Navolnev, a physical education teacher from Novohrodivka in the Donetsk region, joined the project as a superviser for children from his community. He witnessed firsthand the reliability and benefits of the project, ensuring the children felt secure. 

Certainly, this was a completely new experience compared to school work. A caregiver is someone who stays with the children 24 hours a day throughout their time in the project, without weekends or breaks. It’s a role that encompasses being a teacher, psychologist, doctor, nanny, guard, animator, and whatever else the children need right now. It’s a job that can only be done if you love and respect children.

Today, Maxim works in the project on a permanent basis, becoming a guarantee of safety for children from front-line and de-occupied territories. The children are happy, and parents are reassured. We are pleased that Kamianets-Podilskyi has become a temporary home and a place for self-realization for him.The “Children of War” project is implemented by the charitable foundation “SOS Civil Defense Headquarters” thanks to a grant from the Children’s Resilience Fund in Ukraine, within the financial support of the UBS Optimus Foundation. The program is carried out by Crown Agents International Development (CAID) and UBS Optimus Foundation in partnership with @CrownAgentsinUA