Russia's massive attack on an independent Ukraine threatens not only Eastern Europe but also humanity's efforts since World War II to bring about global peace through international rule of law.
Millions of Ukrainians have to prepare for a harsh winter. Russian airstrikes have shut down electricity and other utilities, leaving homes without electricity, heating and water. The attacks are stoking fears of a collapse in Ukraine's energy grid, which would leave many vulnerable Ukrainians on the brink of collapse.
On January 14, 2023, the city of Dnipro was bombed and more than 30 people, including children, lost their lives. We mourn the death of so many innocent people.
Save Me - Survival backpack for a war victim child
Our Partner Save Ukraine, has developed a "Save Me" backpack for children who need to be evacuated from combat zones. The backpack is specially tailored to the needs of children.
small candles is working with Save Ukraine to distribute as many backpacks as possible.
In this blog we provide you with regular information about how the children we have supported through sponsorships and projects are doing for a long time. We also want to keep you up to date on how we use the donations that reach us. To respect children's privacy and their need for quiet, we only occasionally post pictures (pixelated). We ask for your understanding
A small drop of happiness in an ocean of sorrow
Save Me - Survival backpack for a war victim child
The spirit of Christmas
Spread joy and love this Christmas
Sponsorship for a war-affected Ukrainian child
A glimmer of hope in the martyred cities of Ukraine
All of our orphans in Burgenland have a sponsor.
Leni – a role model for everyone
A little angel has left us
Losing everything and being a refugee by the age of 80
Happiness is everything
How 63 little kids changed my life!
Arrival of 96 children and carers in Burgenland
We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Our children in Ukraine need us urgently.
63 orphans from Ukraine in Neudauberg ORF1 – April 2022
63 orphans from Ukraine in Neudauberg Puls24 – April 2022
Big voices for small hearts - online benefit concert, March 21 from 17 p.m
It's already June 5th, more than 100 days of war, and the war They are still children, most of them between one and three years old, and numerous benefit events are being organized throughout the German-speaking region, raising money for the children is collected, which supports small hearts. Many thanks to all initiators. If you are a fan of musicals, be sure to check out the online benefit concert Big voices for small hearts heartfelt. The concert will be streamed live on March 21, 2022 from 17 p.m. We would like to thank everyone involved for the organization.
The children in our family houses in Ukraine are safe
We are happy and relieved: the Caritas-Spes Ukraine family homes and the needy families we support are safe:
Small hearts Germany and small hearts Austria support the evacuation of orphans from Ukraine
The war is raging and 97 children have been killed by Russian bombs since the war began. Our partner Save Ukraine has committed to evacuating as many children as possible who are living in state orphanages. Our financial support enables Save Ukraine to cover the children's most urgent needs, such as medicine, food, clothes and blankets, and then to evacuate them to western Ukraine and European countries. Little hearts is preparing for the arrival of some of these children in Austria.
This video shows small children in an orphanage living in inhumane conditions in the basement to protect themselves from bombs.
Love message from FLO children from Cambodia
It's already June 5th, more than 100 days of war, and the war They are still children, most between one and three years old, and Im The children of FLO, which supports small hearts in Cambodia, sent us this message of love . We belong to the same world and they show us that despite the distance we are all united!
Peace in Ukraine, peace on earth!
Svetlana, Aliona, Anastasia, Ivana, Sofia and Piotr are saved
It's already June 5, more than 100 days of war, and the war You Svetlana, Aliona, Anastasia, Ivana, Sofia and Piotr arrived this morning exhausted in small hearts after a long journey in cold and uncertainty. Three young Viennese, Alex, Paul and Yannick, managed to pick her up at the Slovakian border within 24 hours. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their great and spontaneous help. Svetlana and her children had lived in a basement for 12 days with hardly anything to eat.
The rescue of Svetlana and her five children is underway
Finally Svetlana and her five children, supported by small hearts, were able to leave their village, which was besieged by Russian troops 40 km south of Kyiv. The small family had to live in a basement for 12 days with hardly anything to eat. During these 12 days, bombs and gunfire became more and more frequent. Svetlana and her five children are expected to cross the Slovakian border on March 11 and will be awaited by two young Viennese. We thank them for their valuable help.
No food, water, electricity or heat
At present, our most urgent task is to ensure the care of the people who remained in Ukraine. On March 5.3.2022th, we received a call for help from our partner in Odessa, Bishop Stanislav. The city is about to be bombed by Russian troops and people have no money to buy food.
Tens of thousands of people are without food, water, electricity or heat in besieged cities in southern Ukraine and elsewhere.
Bishop Stanislav, with whom we have been working closely for many years, is organizing food distribution with his team. He needs financial help to buy food as long as this is possible in Odessa. Please help us to alleviate this need and donate for the supply of the people in Odessa.
A family saves a family
How big the hearts of our supporters are, was shown again last week. A family from Frankfurt, who has been supporting a Ukrainian family in Putruvka, 37km south of Kiev through the kleine herzen sponsorship program for years, took the rescue of “their” family into their own hands. They picked up the parents with their 5 children, one of them severely disabled, at the Polish border. The Ukrainians will now live with their sponsors in Germany for the duration of the war. Thank you for this great help!
The children's home in Kyiv is finally safe in Austria
Last Wednesday, almost at the last minute, the children, caregivers and former residents of the St. Josef home in Kyiv, fled to Austria. The group of 21, including a woman who is six months pregnant, arrived in Waidhofen an der Ybbs on Saturday night. The group was received by the President of the Austrian National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, and the Mayor of Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Werner Krammer. The Ukrainian group is accommodated in a former inn and is supported within the framework of the Austrian refugee aid for Ukrainians. Kleine herzen helps with donations in kind and money and Pascale is in daily exchange with the caregivers and children. We would like to thank Nikolai Kuleba, the former ombudsman for children's rights in Ukraine, who has already supported us in humanitarian actions in recent years, and personally organized the escape on site.
Thanks to: Andreas, Stefan, Richard, Olga, Sabine, Cornelia, Gjavit, Dieter, Anna, Daria, Oksana, Alona, Wolfgang, Ambassador Mag. Petra Schneebauer and Consul General Mag. Philipp Charwath.