Helping Schools and Kindergartens in Ukraine

Restoration of buildings and equipping the bomb shelters
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child provides that all children have the right to free and compulsory primary education.

Children in the zone of armed conflict in Ukraine can continue their studies thanks to the help of charitable foundations. Helping schools and kindergartens is a contribution into the future years and decades to come. The memory of such help will remain in the hearts for a long time.

Education is key to the progress. It is “a mandatory condition for humanity to be able to strive for the ideals of peace, freedom and social justice,” says the landmark report of the international commission “Education: A Hidden Treasure”.
Acknowledgements
From kindergarten #37 “Fairy Tail” of Chernihiv
to the director of the Kazakhstani charity fund “Angels of Freedom” E. Ribalko and the fund’s volunteer team.
From kindergarten #74 of Chernihiv
to the Kazakhstani charity fund “Angels of Freedom”.

On April 3, 2023, the two schools which we helped opened their doors and launched offline learning for the first time in the academic year.

Reconstruction completed

The schools and kindergartens which we’ve already helped
The Team teachable
Chernihiv

School #6

Chernihiv School No. 6 was seriously damaged in March 2022 by a rocket that hit the schoolyard. The building was not destroyed, but the blast knocked out 88 school windows and damaged 36 radiators, and a huge amount of shrapnel damage remained on the building’s facade.

The help provided
The school was restored with state funds, but Kazakhstani volunteers and donors from Belgium helped with the equipment of the bomb shelter. Apart from the renovation works, volunteers have financed the purchase of the following items for the shelter:
• 260 folding chairs
• 80 folding desks
• 2 fire extinguishers
• 3 heaters
as well as routers, extension cords and other equipment components.


Total amount spent for

renovation and equipment:

$11,160

Chernihiv

School #13

Chernihiv school number 13 is one of three in the district. It was damaged by the air raids on Chernihiv but survived. Now, it also accepted children from the two neighboring schools, #18 and #21, which have been completely destroyed as a result of direct air bombs hits and cannot be reconstructed.

The help provided
Renovation of the underground shelter was financed by the state.

Volunteers of Kazakhstan purchased the following items for the bomb shelter:
• 60 folding chairs
• 30 folding desks
• kettles, microwave ovens, thermoses
• other necessary equipment


Total amount spent for

equipment:

$2,193

Chernihiv

Kindergarten #37 “Fairy Tale”

101 children currently attend in the kindergarten. But the facility can accommodate up to 300 children.

The help provided
The basement was renovated to convert it into a proper underground shelter. Shockproof and frost-resistant floor tiles have been laid, walls have been painted, wiring has been replaced, sockets and junction boxes have been installed. A full-fledged ventilation system is equipped for a comfortable stay of children in the shelter for several hours.

Further, the shelter was equipped with:
• children’s chairs — 85 pcs.
wooden benches — 10 pcs.
• children’s tables — 25 pcs.
• LED lamps — 12 pcs.
• 10 liter thermoses — 12 pcs.


Total amount spent for

renovation and equipment:

$4,850

Chernihiv

Kindergarten #74

Currently, 245 children attend the kindergarten. In general, the kindergarten can accommodate 305 children.

The help provided

The shelter is equipped with shockproof and frost-resistant floor tiles, and ventilation was installed for a comfortable stay of children for several hours.


Further, the shelter was equipped with:
• children’s chairs — 30 pcs.
• wooden benches — 10 pcs.
• children’s tables — 10 pcs.

Before the New Year, the kindergarten was given 10 more highchairs for children, which are necessary for the educational process in the kindergarten.


Total amount spent for

renovation and equipment:

$6,073

Chernihiv

School #12

The Chernihiv school #12 was constructed in 1986. During active military operations near Chernihiv in February and March of 2022, 360 people were living in the unfurnished basement of the school.


On September 1, 2023, the school opened for in-person classes for the first time since the full-scale invasion had started. Presently there are 918 children studying there.


The help provided
For the school’s shelter, Angels of Freedom has purchased 200 folding chairs.


Total amount spent for

equipment:

$3,100

Chernihiv

Kindergarten #14 “Baby”

A simple shelter was created in the kindergarten for the period of martial law. But for a more comfortable stay of children during air raids it was necessary to buy heaters and furniture.

The help provided

The shelter is equipped with shockproof and frost-resistant floor tiles, and ventilation was installed for a comfortable stay of children for several hours.


The shelter was equipped with:
• UFO heaters — 2 pcs.
• Children’s chairs — 15 pcs.
• Children’s trapezoid tables — 12 pcs.
• Three-tier children’s beds — 3 pcs.


Total amount spent for

equipment:

2,200

Chernihiv

Kindergarten #65

There are 192 children in the kindergarten. It was the first kindergarten that opened its doors for kids in Chernihiv in August 2022 after the liberation of the region, because it wasn’t damaged during the hostilities and had a basement, which could be quickly transformed into a simple shelter for budget money. But the kindergarten shelter didn’t have normal ventilation, which caused significant inconvenience during the stay of children there during air raids lasting more than 30 minutes.

The help provided
The kindergarten shelter was ventilated, dilapidated doors were replaced and sanitary cubicles were installed. 10 tables and 15 chairs were purchased.


Total amount spent for

renovation and equipment:

$5,270

The purpose of the Kazakhstani charity project “Angels of Freedom” is to help Ukrainian schools and kindergartens affected by the hostilities.

You can watch a 9-minute mini-movie about the project (in Russian).

Further you can see those childcare facilities which we are helping now and which we plan to help soon.
Mini-documentary
You can support us in various ways: by making a donation, by installing a box or mini-shanyrak with angels in your office or shop, through finding your own Angel or joining our team of volunteers.

Schools and kindergartens which we plan to help in the near future

Chernihiv

Kindergarten #53 and #59

In overall, two kindergartens are attended by more than 450 children. Kindergarten #59 is located across the street from Kindergarten #53. During air raids, all children go down to one basement, which is located on the territory of kindergarten #53. The basement is divided into two zones, and in fact each of the kindergartens has its own zone.

The help needed

Required:

• ventilation
• installation of sanitary cabins for children
• electrical wiring
• chairs and tables


Total amount required for

renovation and equipment:

$15,900