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A visit to the Pilgrim Republic in Mariupol (February 2019)

We stopped next at "Republika Pelgrim", which is an orphanage in Mariupol. The visit at orphanage is one of the most incredible experience of my life, the children living in the orphanage has literally nothing, but despite lack of everything kids enthusiasm doesn't let it affect the positivistic inside them, the positivity of living in any condition. I wasn't having any first-hand experience of deprivation among children, i felt they deserve love & affection, attention, better living conditions and so many other things. But despite all these, they have known to overcome their fear and they have adjusted in these uncertain living conditions, personally it was so inspiring for me to see happy and cheerful, they have learnt to live even after losing parents at very young age.

In this fast pace life, entire world has forgotten about the war in Eastern Ukraine, while hundreds of thousands of children has paid the highest price for this situation.

The children living close to front line suffer from chronic anxiety and uncertainty related to related to shooting, hostilities, the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnance. More than 1 million children are suffering from this ongoing war. The consequences are very sorrow for them, leaving their homes. friends and schools are some to mention. The main problem is the poverty, undernourishment, no clothes to cover body and no shoes to protect their feet.
These children want peace and a world where they can play & study without the fear of death, which is the biggest dream for all of them.
I wanna thanks all my friends from Switzerland who helped and contributed to make this humanitarian trip a fabulous success.
Special thanks to all TPU volunteers!
Author: Ela Szwarc

Author: Ela Szwarc


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