Brussels, 5 December 2023 — As the festive holiday season approaches, Promote Ukraine is thrilled to announce a heartfelt campaign aimed at collecting Christmas toys and bringing joy to temporarily displaced children who have sought refuge in Belgium. According to official statistics, there are currently 24,224 children between the ages of 0-17 in Belgium, with 1,349 being unaccompanied minors.

We had the privilege of getting to know some of these young souls through our ‘Prostir’ initiatives. In collaboration with and support of different partners, we have organised various activities for these children including painting, language and theatre classes, games, etc. These activities, coupled with an educational camp and inspiring visits to IT companies, hotels, and EU institutions, have been designed to encourage these children to envision brighter futures for themselves.

Lyuba Karpachova, a Board member of Promote Ukraine responsible for youth, expressed her sentiments, stating, “We have met these incredible children, many of whom have experienced hardships no child should endure. They’ve lost their homes, been separated from their fathers for months, said goodbye to friends, pets, and, ultimately, their childhood. This festive season, we aim to offer them some delightful surprises to bring a spark of joy back into their lives, if only for a short time.”

To support this heartwarming initiative, we invite individuals who wish to make a positive impact to contribute by bringing new and unwrapped toys in festive packages such as Lego, board games, dolls, development toys for toddlers, etc., or new school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils (including for colouring), etc. to the address of Prostir Cultural Centre located at Emile Jacqmainlaan 81, Brussels, 1000 on Wednesday, 13 December from 15:00 to 18:00 or Friday, 15 December from 12:00 to 15:00. 

In case you are not able to bring the toys but would like to contribute to this cause, please consider making a small donation to the account of Promote Ukraine –  BE61 7370 6304 7417. Please indicate the following reference – Christmas for UA children.

If you are unable to bring the gifts but still willing to contribute, feel free to transfer a desired amount to the bank account of Promote Ukraine with the reference “Christmas gifts to Ukrainian children 2023” – BE61 7370 6304 7417.

Your generosity will go a long way in restoring the magic of childhood for these incredible youngsters.

Thank you for caring and for being a beacon of light in the lives of these displaced children. Together, let’s make this holiday season a truly special and memorable one for them.

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Promote Ukraine is a non-profit civil society and advocacy organisation that was established during the Revolution of Dignity in Brussels, European Citizen’s Prize Awardee 2022.

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