In 2022, as a result of the Russian aggression, the normal and happy lives of millions of Ukrainian children were abruptly disrupted.
Out of the 7.5 million children present in Ukraine at the start of the invasion on February 24, 2022, 2.5 million were forced to seek refuge and educational opportunities abroad. Another 2 million children became internally displaced, losing access to quality education and conditions for personal development.
Ukraine stood at the threshold of losing 5.5 million of its future - talented and motivated young individuals who could have become doctors, lawyers, athletes, artists, and many other professionals that shape society.
In February 2022, IT entrepreneurs Eugene Gusarov and Andrii Taganskyi left behind all their projects and, together with over 80 volunteers from around the world, created Dopomagai.org - the largest platform in Ukraine for providing housing to internally displaced persons. The platform brought together hundreds of thousands of people willing to offer shelter with those who had lost their homes.
While working on this project, the team of social entrepreneurs discovered another major issue - the loss of access to education and opportunities for development among young displaced individuals. Therefore, in July 2022, our team took on the challenge of addressing this problem. During the pilot phase of the platform, the team was able to connect 76 children with nearly 200 supporters from Ukraine, the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world.