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IN MEMORY OF LOST CHILDREN

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DE TY PROJECT

Has been created by an ad hoc group of like-minded Ukrainians that were brought together by a bilingual song written about the bombing of the Mariupol Theatre on March 16, 2022, that led to the development of a Ukrainian Saturday school activity and lesson plan for students to understand why the Russian so-called “special military operation” checks the boxes for genocide. Up to this point, this project has been self-funded and driven forward on a volunteer basis.

Learn about the "ДЕ ТИ: Where are you?" Song

WHO ARE WE

Leo Wolansky is the author and one of the performers of his song “ДЕ ТИ: Where are you?”, the inspiration for this project.

Ucrainica Research Institute, is a Canadian registered charitable non-profit organization since 1973, dedicated to education and research Charitable initiatives to include humanitarian support to the victims of the war. The organization is committed to raising awareness through education and supporting Ukraine’s democratic development as the country looks to rebuild a brighter future.

The international awareness campaign is supported by Yuri Lypa Ukrainian Heritage Academy (Toronto), Ridna Shkola at St. George’s Parish (Edmonton), Kursy Ukrayinoznavstva (Edmonton), Dnipro Oshawa Fund, The Kulyk family, League of Ukrainian Canadian Women, Ucrainica Research Institute, ForumTV (Toronto), with Babylon’13 and Lviv State Academic male choir “Dudaryk” in Ukraine.

OUR GOALS

One of our goals is to draw attention to Russian war crimes, to remind the World that the war is still happening, and to show international solidarity with the children living through wars around the World. Another goal is to educate people about the conditions under which children in Ukraine are suffering as a result of Russia’s genocidal war against the Ukrainian people.

Here are some of the gruesome facts:

1. Damaged schools

Since Feb 24, 2022, Russian rockets and drones have damaged more than 700 schools in Ukraine, 200 of which have been totally destroyed. Very few schools can be renovated. If children in Ukraine are to continue with their education, new schools must be built with proper protection against further Russian rockets and drones.

2. Lost parents or sibling

Many children in Ukraine have lost at least one parent and/or sibling. They need extensive humanitarian assistance, as well as psychological rehabilitation.

3. More than 19,000 kidnapped

More than 19,000 children in Ukraine have been forcefully displaced from their parents and moved to the Russian Federation, Crimea or Ukraine’s territory occupied by Russia. And thousands more unaccounted for.

4. Ukraine’s orphans were moved

Ukraine’s orphans were moved en masse to the Russian Federation. This is an act of genocide perpetrated by Russia against the Ukrainian people, especially against children.

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Charities helping Ukraine's children of war

Another goal is to promote global fundraising for charities that work with children:

Save Ukraine

Save Ukraine, a Ukrainian charitable organization, aids families and children affected by war. It offers a comprehensive rescue network coordinating efforts to evacuate individuals from conflict zones, rebuild their lives, and reunite deported children.

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Voices of Children

The “Voices of Children”, a Ukrainian charitable foundation, has been assisting children and families affected by war since 2015. Thanks to charitable contributions, we provide psychological assistance and personalized humanitarian aid to families across Ukraine.

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Help Us Help

Founded in 1993, Help Us Help (formerly known as Dopomoha Ukraini – Aid Ukraine) is a federally registered Canadian charitable organization, focused on humanitarian aid and educational projects in Ukraine and in Canada.

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PII Foundation

The PII Foundation provides the Ukrainian CrisisCare portal to obtain FREE medical consultation through PII in the US to thousands of Ukrainian families and their children in Ukraine (including occupied territory), across Europe and around the world.

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OUR MISSION

Research charitable initiatives to include humanitarian support to the victims of the conflict. The organization is committed to raising awareness through education and in supporting Ukraine’s democratic development as the country looks to rebuild a brighter future.

Improve

Improve the lives of Ukraine’s displaced and disadvantaged Children.

Protect

Protect, empower and render to every Child, Love and Safety.

Provide

Provide physical, emotional and humanitarian support.

Reunite

Reunite families.

Home

Bring our children home.

The scale of the tragedy (February 2024)

19,546

Kids deported to Russia

2,140

Kids missing

1,226

Kids wounded

More statistics

Kids killed by Russia
528
WOUNDED KIDS
1,226
Kids Refugees (DPs)
1,800,000
Internally-displaced Kids
2,500,000
DEPORTED TO RUSSIA
19,546
RETURNED FROM RUSSIA
388
KIDS Without parental care
13,388
MISSING Kids
2,140
ORPHANED KIDS
1,759
FOUND KIDS
23,599
PARENTS HELD AS POWs BY RUSSIA
12
Schools bombed
3500
Schools destroyed beyond repair
400

Sources (Feb. 2024): ChidrenOfWar.gov.ua, Deti.gov.ru. BBC, UNICEF, Radio Svoboda

Documentaries

Documentaries about the War Crimes in Ukraine

BULLET HOLES 58:44

Investigation into the killing of Ukrainian children by the Russian military.

UPROOTED 53:40

An investigation into Russia’s abduction of Ukrainian children

RETURN DATE: UNKNOWN 27:10

Tymur Tsapliienko, 17, a Ukrainian refugee, shares his view on the cost of war and the price of the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.

DETY Flash Mob

On March 16, we mark the solemn anniversary of the bombing of the Drama Theater in Mariupol. Two years later, the death toll from the russian airstrike remains unknown, because the city remains in occupation.

Join us in honouring their memory and calling for justice on Saturday, March 16, 2024 by recreating the word «ДЕТИ» and asking the question «Where are you?» — «ДЕ ТИ?».
«ДЕТИ», meaning “KIDS”, was spelled out in Russian in front of the theatre-turned-bomb shelter. Russia bombed it anyway.

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