SOW Partner Reaches New Heights in Engaging the Most Challenging Cases in Ukraine

In February of 2022, Ukraine was ravaged by a devastating war that has left a profound impact on various aspects of the country’s social fabric. Among the most affected are the orphan care workers and organizations that have long been dedicated to supporting and nurturing vulnerable children in Ukraine. As a result, Serving Orphans Worldwide has stepped in to support these orphan care ministries. As many of these ministries have had to pivot their strategies and innovate to meet the immediate needs of Ukrainian children in crisis, Serving Orphans Worldwide has also had to pivot our support to address the ever evolving needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Ukraine. 

Soon after the invasion, Serving Orphans Worldwide began to partner with Child Rescue to evacuate children and provide support to displaced orphans throughout Ukraine. After encountering some cases of children with severe trauma, Child Rescue saw the need to develop a more in-depth program. In September 2022, Serving Orphans Worldwide responded to this need and provided immediate assistance to rent, furnish and equip a residential facility to meet the needs of these children. Since the program launched, Serving Orphans Worldwide has provided the monthly backing behind this program. Child Rescue has become the epicenter of engaging with some of the most extreme cases of trauma in Ukraine – with a focus on serving children who are victims of sexual abuse.

The devastating impact of sexual violence can lead to the loss of parental care through various means, such as the death or incapacitation of parents, abandonment, or forced displacement. Sadly, the rates of sexual violence have witnessed a distressing increase during the ongoing war in Ukraine. The breakdown of societal structures, displacement, and the presence of armed groups have created an environment that fosters vulnerability and exploitation. This has resulted in a rise in cases of sexual violence, leaving behind a trail of orphaned children who have experienced unimaginable trauma and loss. These children urgently require specialized care, support, and justice to overcome their past experiences and reclaim their lives.

Serving Orphans Worldwide recognized the critical importance of addressing this pressing issue and rallied behind the vision of going deeper with Child Rescue Service. Since its inception, the program has made significant strides in supporting and rehabilitating child survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected.

Impact of Child Rescue Service

The impact of Child Rescue Service has been nothing short of remarkable. Just this year, the program was able to accomplish the following:

Detecting Cases and Providing Comprehensive Assistance:

This past year, Child Rescue Service’s dedicated team detected and recorded 71 cases of sexual violence against children. They worked diligently to provide comprehensive assistance to 16 of these children, offering a safe haven within their center for psychosocial assistance for child survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation. Here, they receive the specialized care and support they desperately need to heal and rebuild their lives.

Extensive Psychological Support:

Recognizing the profound psychological impact of such crimes committed against them, Child Rescue Service delivered over 1,100 hours of crucial psychological assistance. This support is provided both to those who reside in their center and to those who access their services online, ensuring that every child receives the professional help necessary to overcome their trauma.

Achieving Legal Justice:

The new program’s  commitment to seeking justice has resulted in three court cases being won, with perpetrators receiving prison sentences. Through collaboration with legal authorities and dedication to creating a safer environment for children, we are actively pursuing accountability and ensuring that the perpetrators are held responsible for their actions.

 Empowering the Community:

To create lasting change, Child Rescue Service conducted 26 trainings for a diverse range of stakeholders. By educating prosecutors, administrators, volunteers, case managers, parents, social workers, teachers, educators, and psychologists, they are equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and address cases of sexual abuse. This comprehensive approach fosters a supportive community that works collectively to protect children and prevent future exploitation.

Comprehensive Support Services:

In addition to their specialized psychological assistance, Child Rescue Service offers a range of crucial social, legal, and medical services. They have provided 378 social services, 75 legal services, and 74 medical services to both children within our center and to our online clients. This holistic approach addresses the multifaceted needs of survivors, helping them navigate their path towards healing and recovery.

This past year, because of your support, we were able to provide extra funds for Christmas gifts and holiday celebrations in addition to the ongoing support of their programs and advocacy work. 

Serving Orphans Worldwide and Child Rescue Service remain wholeheartedly committed to advocating for the most vulnerable in Ukraine. Together with our dedicated partners, stakeholders, and supporters, we will continue to expand our reach, innovate our approaches, and fight for a brighter future for every child affected by sexual abuse and exploitation. 

Soon after the invasion, Serving Orphans Worldwide began to partner with Child Rescue to evacuate children and provide support to displaced orphans throughout Ukraine. After encountering some cases of children with severe trauma, Child Rescue saw the need to develop a more in-depth program. In September 2022, Serving Orphans Worldwide responded to this need and provided immediate assistance to rent, furnish and equip a residential facility to meet the needs of these children. Since the program launched, Serving Orphans Worldwide has provided the monthly backing behind this program. Child Rescue has become the epicenter of engaging with some of the most extreme cases of trauma in Ukraine – with a focus on serving children who are victims of sexual abuse.

The devastating impact of sexual violence can lead to the loss of parental care through various means, such as the death or incapacitation of parents, abandonment, or forced displacement. Sadly, the rates of sexual violence have witnessed a distressing increase during the ongoing war in Ukraine. The breakdown of societal structures, displacement, and the presence of armed groups have created an environment that fosters vulnerability and exploitation. This has resulted in a rise in cases of sexual violence, leaving behind a trail of orphaned children who have experienced unimaginable trauma and loss. These children urgently require specialized care, support, and justice to overcome their past experiences and reclaim their lives.

Serving Orphans Worldwide recognized the critical importance of addressing this pressing issue and rallied behind the vision of going deeper with Child Rescue Service. Since its inception, the program has made significant strides in supporting and rehabilitating child survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected.



THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THE CHILDREN SERVED BY CHILD RESCUE SERVICE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!