In August 1996, Ukrainian volunteers registered the organization "Priyateli Ditey"
with the Ministry of Justice in Ukraine as a non-profit charitable organization dedicated
to improving the quality of life of children living in orphanages in Ukraine.
In Ukrainian the words priyateli ditey means - friends of children.
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On the right -
Dianna Derhak, Volunteer
Help Us Help The Children
The founders of the organization were inspired to action to assist the children living
in orphanages because of their dire living conditions. About 50,000 children, from infants
to teenagers live in orphanages. These orphanages are homes not only to orphans but increasingly
also serve as a form of social protection for non-orphans from economically impoverished
and/or dysfunctional families. Due to the protracted economic crisis in Ukraine, government
support and funding for orphanages has been severely limited and the children live
in a state of deprivation and poverty.