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Apr 8, 2016  Donetsk / Ukraine

Blagomia Charity Fund

A safer place to sleep

Help in a time of crisis: Since October 2015, Henkel in Ukraine has been working with the Blagomai Charity Fund, which helps place children from war-torn areas with orphanages and helps with their social readaptation to a normal life.

The “Izumrudnyi Gorod” Children’s Sanatorium and Recreation Center

The “Izumrudnyi Gorod” Children’s Sanatorium and Recreation Center for Social Integration.

Foster children pose with the donated industrial washing machine

Foster children living at the “Izumrudnyi Gorod” Children’s Sanatorium and Recreation Center Social Integration pose with the donated industrial washing machine.

A recent project supplied new furniture to the “Izumrudnyi Gorod” Rehabilitation Center in the Donetsk region, helping create more comfortable living conditions for the 400 children and teenagers living at the center. Sixty beds and orthopedic mattresses were purchased for the center, as well as a big industrial washing machine. The Izumdrudnyi Gorod Children’s Sanatorium and Recreation Center for Social Integration’s mission is to help children from the war-affected ATO area.

Currently, the center hosts children, ages five to sixteen, who were evacuated from their foster homes in, for example, Lugansk, Donetsk, and Kramatorsk, as a result of the military actions there. The majority of the foster children at Izumrudnyi Gorod are orphans; some of the children come from needy families. Henkel supported this initiative both through a donation by the Fritz Henkel Foundation and with donations of cleaning and personal hygiene products.

“We are truly thankful to Henkel for supporting our center. It is well known that everything is so expensive today. Without help from the outside, our center would not manage to exist normally,” said Konstantin Golubiatnikov, Supervisory Board Chairman and co-founder of Blagomai Charity Foundation. "Thanks to Henkel, we now have new furniture and lots of other things that are so necessary in everyday life. Such support is very important for all of us. Thank you!”