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Ukraine crisis: our support on the ground and in the Children's Village

The current conflict poses a great danger to the civilian population in Ukraine in particular. The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation is stepping up its support on the ground in Ukraine and is taking in 150 refugees in the Children's Village in Trogen.

The Foundation, which has been operating in Eastern Europe for the last 30 years, is currently working in Moldova to provide emergency aid for refugees arriving from Ukraine. Almost 400,000 people have already entered the country in search of safety. While many have moved on elsewhere, more than 100,000 remain in Moldova. We are providing assistance in five government-run reception centres in Moldova. More than 2,000 refugees have found rest and support here. Our staff hand out hygiene products and household items for daily use and organise psychosocial support as well as activities and games for the children. The consequences of the conflict in Ukraine are also being felt 2,000 kilometres to the west. Around 20,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Switzerland in recent weeks. Between 150 and 200 of them are currently staying in the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Trogen. They have found a temporary home here, where school classes normally meet for cross-cultural exchanges. They are provided with safe accommodation, food and the opportunity to rest. Our Care Team also coordinates their registration process and accompanies the residents in groups to the relevant federal asylum centre in order to help our guests to find longer-term accommodation elsewhere.