Caritas Ukraine Supports Children Through Trauma of War

The war in Ukraine is taking its toll on the entire population, but children particularly are vulnerable to the long-term effects of war-related trauma. In response, Caritas Ukraine has implemented programs in centers across the nation to address the psychosocial needs of children, teens and their families. In this video, hear from Caritas Ukraine staff and the children they serve through these centers.

The war in Ukraine has been a source of loss, displacement, separation and grief for children, whether they remain in their local communities, are internally displaced, or are refugees in a neighboring country.

“We are constantly experiencing loss, constantly experiencing this fear and constant threat,” said Zoriana Lukavetska, director of child and youth programming for Caritas Ukraine. “This is an additional psychological burden for everyone and for children, in particular.”

Caritas centers across Ukraine have implemented programs to respond to the psychosocial needs of children grappling with the trauma of war. The programs include counseling, theater and cooking, life skills training and more. Through its support of vulnerable children, Caritas Ukraine aims to provide a sense of stability and safety for its beneficiaries.  

“I really love Caritas. It’s in my heart,” said Maya Liubchenko, a Caritas beneficiary. “I want Caritas to be in every city in Ukraine.”

Hear from Caritas Ukraine staff and the children they serve through these centers in this video. Then, read more about the development and impact of this particular program of Caritas Ukraine in “Healing the Trauma of War” in the March 2024 edition of ONE magazine.

Olivia Poust is assistant editor of ONE.

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