Amidst rising mental health concerns and economic challenges, JRNU, the Federation of Jewish Communities and Chabad’s humanitarian arm in Ukraine continues its lifeline programs and is gearing up to provide crucial support to the vulnerable children of Ukraine as the country braces for another harsh winter.
With an estimated 1.5 million children at risk of mental health issues and ongoing economic challenges, JRNU remains committed to delivering essential aid and mental health services.
The mental health and well-being of Ukraine’s children have been a growing concern, with an estimated 1.5 million children at risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health issues. The prolonged conflict in the region, coupled with the disruption of education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has left many children in dire need of support.
The absence of structured classroom environments for children has further exacerbated the situation. For many, this absence comes after two years of lost learning due to the pandemic, denying them the safety, normality, and hope that classrooms provide. Parents, who are struggling to make ends meet, are often limited in their ability to assist their children. Many families have depleted their savings, and job opportunities are scarce. Additionally, rising prices for food and household goods have further strained family budgets, with costs for vegetables increasing by 38%, sugar by 23%, eggs by 80%, and fruits by 45% since the start of the conflict.
JRNU remains dedicated to addressing these challenges. The organization provides essential aid to 50,000 people, including food, household necessities, medical care, clothing, and glasses. The children’s programs offered by the Federation of Jewish Communities and the JRNU provide a lifeline for youngsters in need of community support. These programs include after-school programs (SmartJ), Sunday schools (JFuture), teen clubs (EnerJew), and youth programs (Stars). This fall, JRNU welcomed children back to 42 FJC ‘Or Avner’ Jewish day schools across the country and offered 45 different ‘Gan Israel’ camps for kids during the summer, including day camps, overnight camps, and family camps.
Mental health support is a top priority for JRNU, delivered through partnerships with the Israel Trauma Coalition and the Jewish Agency’s JReady program. Teachers and social workers receive specialized training and support to address the ongoing challenges stemming from the crisis. Students and their parents also receive counseling, further aiding in their recovery.
As Ukraine prepares for the harsh winter, JRNU is stockpiling supplies to distribute across the country to ensure that families have access to heat, food, and warm clothing. The organization’s dedication to helping the children of Ukraine remains steadfast. JRNU’s mission is to save lives and restore hope, and your support is instrumental in achieving this goal.
As Ukraine faces the upcoming winter season, JRNU’s unwavering support and programs provide a beacon of hope for children and families in need.