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Economic instability is a widespread problem in Ukraine. Villages and rural areas are the most affected, and many areas lack infrastructure and steady jobs. In the cities, prices are inflated, salaries are low, and corruption is common. Ukrainians face several ongoing challenges including polluted air and water, wide-scale deforestation, and inadequate supplies of potable water. A lack of electricity, heat, running water, and proper sanitation is a daily reality for many. Ukraine continues to be heavily impacted by conflict with Russia.
Life in Ukraine
Ukraine economy is largely agricultural and industrial. About one out of four people work in agriculture or forestry. Sugar, wheat, and processed foods are the main exports, along with precious metals and fuel. Some serious national issues are inadequate supplies of potable water; air and water pollution; and deforestation. Radiation contamination from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the northeast remains dangerous. Although the unemployment rate is only 8.8% , 35% of the country lives in poverty. Children suffer from chronic health problems, which affects their self esteem and schooling. Parents will often go abroad for jobs in a desperate attempt to create a better life, yet the children remain behind alone and vulnerable.
Schooling is very important in Ukraine and it is mandatory for students to attend school for 12 years, starting at 6 years of age. Gender roles also tend to be more traditional, and grandparents play a great role in raising their grandchildren. The culture of Ukraine has been influenced by its neighbours to the east and west, which is reflected in its architecture, music and art.
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Update on Situation in UkraineThank you for your concern for the people in Ukraine and in particular your sponsored friend.
Regarding the situation in Ukraine, our International Manager has been in constant contact with both of our sites in Ukraine. Fortunately, none of our children, Sites, or staff have been injured or directly affected at this time. Sponsorship activities and benefits continue as normal. Schools and Government offices have returned to normal working hours in the West where Chalice Sites are. Site Directors have travelled freely within their regions and all are ok. We will continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis.
Thank you so much for your concern and we invite you to join us in prayer for peace and resolution during these difficult times for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.
Population: close to 45 million (2013)
Life Expectancy: 62 years
Literacy Rate: close to 100%
Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia
Capital City: Kiev (or Kyiv)
Time Zone: Same as Egypt, UTC/GMT +2 hours.
Independence Day from Russia: August 24, 1991
Size Comparison: Slightly larger than France
Language: Ukrainian and Russian
Known As: "Bread Basket of Europe" for its rich farm land.
Disasters: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in 1986
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