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Blog – Our heart beats for Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, Ukrainians become more desperate by the minute and hundreds of thousands are fleeing the country into the European Union. Our kKleine Herzen Team is helping as best as we can in this very difficult situation. Through our long-standing projects, we have direct contact with our partners on the ground and focus our help on what is needed most urgently.

According to the UN, the Russian invasion has displaced at least 12 million Ukrainians, half of them children. More than five million people have fled to neighboring countries, while it is estimated that there are still seven million refugees in Ukraine itself. Many would like to leave Ukraine but are trapped in their own cities. This tragedy is compounded by the separation of adult men, husbands, brothers, sons, fathers and their families.

6 months of war, 6 months in the life of a child born on February 24th, 2022.

August 24 is the National Day of Independence of Ukraine 31 years ago. It's been exactly 6 months since the war started. This video shows the first six months of a Ukrainian child born on February 24, 2022, the day the Russian army invaded Ukraine.

Video from our Ukrainian partner
"Save Ukraine"

Please help us to help the people of Ukraine!

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

Spread joy and love this Christmas

Spread joy and love this Christmas

Pascale VayerNovember 10, 20223 min read
We want to send a sign of hope and fulfill a wish for the children who, despite the war, are eagerly awaiting Christmas. Log in!
A "Save Me" backpack for Christmas

A "Save Me" backpack for Christmas

Pascale VayerNovember 6, 2022
Donate for a Save Me backpack for children who need to be evacuated from combat zones.
Sponsorship for a war-affected Ukrainian child

Sponsorship for a war-affected Ukrainian child

Pascale VayerOctober 25, 2022
Open your heart and become a godmother to a war-affected Ukrainian child.
A glimmer of hope in the martyred cities of Ukraine

A glimmer of hope in the martyred cities of Ukraine

Pascale VayerOctober 9, 2022
A glimmer of hope in the martyred cities of Ukraine
a Lovestory

a Lovestory

Pascale VayerSeptember 25, 2022
This story begins on March 26, when 63 small children were evacuated to Austria from the Krepivnitsky orphanage in Ukraine. 
All of our orphans in Burgenland have a sponsor.

All of our orphans in Burgenland have a sponsor.

Pascale VayerAug 24, 2022
Many of you have applied to sponsor our Ukrainian orphans in Burgenland. On behalf of the director, the staff of the orphanage and the 63 small children, the team at small hearts would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. Some children have already received letters and packages from their godparents. A godmother has... Read more
Leni – a role model for everyone

Leni – a role model for everyone

Pascale VayerJuly 27, 2022
When children stand up for peace and support Ukrainian children. Leni is 9 years old. When war broke out in Ukraine, Leni was personally affected by the fear and suffering of Ukrainian children. Leni wanted to help and get involved with these children. Because of this, and with the support of Rony Del... Read more
A little angel has left us

A little angel has left us

Pascale VayerJuly 2, 2022
Kirilo was just two years old and passed away on June 23rd. His story breaks our hearts. Kirilo has never experienced the love of a mother and father. He was born with a deformity in his vital organs, so his parents didn't want him. He was born in late March with 62 other Ukrainian orphans... Read more
Losing everything and being a refugee by the age of 80

Losing everything and being a refugee by the age of 80

Pascale VayerJun 20, 2022
Eight people aged between 76 and 88 had to leave their destroyed villages in eastern Ukraine, particularly in Donetsk, and found refuge in Austria.
Happiness is everything

Happiness is everything

Pascale VayerJun 5, 2022
It's already June 5th, more than 100 days of war, and the war is escalating. Bombs are falling everywhere, frightening the already traumatized population every day. People are injured or killed and evacuations are becoming increasingly difficult. Meanwhile my friends 1000 km away are preparing their holidays in the sun and are making … Read more
How 63 little kids changed my life!

How 63 little kids changed my life!

It's almost 7:30 a.m. and from my room in the Senecura Hotel in Neudauberg I can hear the voices of the children preparing for breakfast. I'm happy because I will be helping to feed the group of children under the age of two. Little hands in their high chairs reach out for a piece of bread or a cake... Read more
Arrival of 96 children and carers in Burgenland

Arrival of 96 children and carers in Burgenland

Pascale VayerApril 10, 2022
They are still children, most between the ages of one and three, and they usually live in an orphanage in the town of Kropyvnytskyi, 80 kilometers north of the Black Sea region besieged by Russian troops. The brutal war in Ukraine and the horrifying images of unimaginable war crimes drove them to flee. In the small town of Burgenland … Read more
We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Pascale VayerMar 14, 2022
Kleine herzen Austria – received donations between February 25 and March 14, 2022: EUR 60.000 Kleine herzen eV Germany – received donations between February 25 and March 7, 2022: over USD 50.000 in cooperation with the US organization “neighbors abroad” , California; 8.000 EUR in Germany Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We get so much support from individuals, families, from companies... Read more
Our children in Ukraine need us urgently.

Our children in Ukraine need us urgently.

Pascale VayerFebruary 24, 2022
The war in Ukraine is now in full swing. The brutality of the advancing Russian troops leaves us stunned and the images from Ukraine are hard to bear. The courageous fight of the Ukrainians is impressive and encouraging at the same time. little hearts does everything to protect people and especially our ... Read more


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.
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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:

  • St. Josef House in Kyiv: The children and adults have been in Waidhofen an der Ybbs for two weeks. They are fine and surrounded by volunteers who will do anything to help them.
  • St. Francis' house in Kyiv, St. Francis' house in Jarmolynzi and St. Janina's house in Worsel: the children and adults are in Italy.
  • House Maria and house Josef in Zhytomyr: The children and adults are in Poland.
  • House Pio in Khmelnytski: The children and adults are in western Ukraine, in Zakarpattia. The place is quiet and they want to stay there. If the war spreads to Zakarpattia, small hearts will help you settle in Austria, if you wish.
  • The 5 houses in the village of Pnikut: The children and adults stayed in the village. You are safe. In the worst case they can leave the village and flee to Poland, the Polish border is 20 km away from the village.
  • The B. family has been safely in Waidhofen an der Ybbs since Monday after spending 12 days under the bombs in a basement without light, without heating and without food - only small pieces of sugar.
  • The V. family is safe and sound in Germany with their godparents.
  • The K. family has been in Waidhofen an der Ybbs for a week.


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.

Ukraine population in need

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.

Family in need Ukraine

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!

Children Kyiv

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.

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