Chalice has been serving children in Ukraine since 1998 in three sites in both rural and urban communities.  Our local partners tell us that Chalice is one of few international charities in their region, because the central government makes charitable work difficult with complex taxation laws.

Ballooning inflation has dramatically increased the costs of necessities such as food and heating. Coupled with high rates of unemployment or under-salaried work, parents have difficulty providing for their families. In the areas where Chalice works, there are high rates of chronic illness and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  Low-income families have little access to quality medical services, because public hospitals are underfunded and ill-equipped.

Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:

  1. Education – Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum.
  2. Financial inclusion & empowerment for parents – Giving caregivers back their decision-making power for the needs of their families.
  3. Nutrition & household needs – Providing families with fresh produce and staples to ensure their children maintain nutrient-rich, balanced diets. Assistance is also provided to help with the high cost of basic household needs such as heating and simple housewares.  
An Update on our sites in Ukraine


Jun 14, 2022 - Thank you so much for supporting our sites in Ukraine. Your prayers and contributions to our Ukraine Regional Assistance Fund have provided great strength to our three sites in these challenging times.

As of June 14, Ukraine has been at war with Russia for more than 100 days. More than $1.1 million has been raised for our sites, money that has been distributed to sponsored children, their families, and staff members in Ukraine.

At our Lviv site, families are still struggling to afford fuel and gasoline, both of which have shot up in price due to widespread shortages.

“But these are temporary difficulties and in time everything will be fine,” writes Halia, Lviv’s site director.

Many people forced to leave other parts of Ukraine by the war continue to arrive in Lviv.

The region expects to resume full-time education by September 1, 2022 – which will ensure thousands of children continue their schooling.

At our Ternopil site, most parents with jobs continue to work. Due to the economic crisis the country is in, however, some have lost their jobs, or have seen reduced hours.

Showing their kind hearts, some of the children at the site have become friends with the children new to the city from other parts of the country and mothers continue to bake bread and pastries to help those affected by the war.

While more sponsored children and their families have left the country, others have also returned. With love, we ask you not to call to confirm if your sponsored child has left the country. When we know, we will contact you directly.

Please note that Pochaiv has a new site director. While Roman is settling into his role, we ask for patience from our sponsors as we wait for news from the site.

Every day, sponsored children and their families at our sites pray for an end to the war. Please join them (and us) in prayer!


If you sponsor a child or elder in Ukraine, you can send special money. 

You can do that by either calling us at 1.800.776.6855, or by clicking here. In the section that says 'comments', include your child's code and a note that it's special money, so we know where to send it. 
If you'd like to make a general donation to go to a specific site as a grant, please call 1.800.776.6855.

Unfortunately, our international courier service is not operating in Ukraine at this time. We will be unable to deliver correspondence to the sites until they resume service.

“Every night prayer is said in each of the families for peace in the country and for the safety of the family members who are defending Ukraine,” writes Luba, Ternopil site director. “We thank God for hearing our prayers.”  

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine!

Ukraine ChaliceSource Links:
| Human Development Reports (
*(2) -UNICEF - Ukraine (UKR) - Demographics, Health & Infant Mortality - UNICEF DATA

Output Indicators - October to December 2021
SMART Tanzania Chalice

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