High Five charity drive has helped 700 Ukrainian children so far

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At the end of last year, the public media charity marathon “High Five!” raised over €800,000 to help Ukrainian refugee children, and so far 724 children have been provided with assistance, the head of Ziedot.lv, Rūta Dimanta, told Latvian Radio on February 23.

Ziedot.lv received 2138 applications from Ukrainian residents who currently live in Latvia. Dimanta said that on average, 20 families a day receive this help, but each day the organization also receives new applications.

She said that collecting donations is faster than transferring them to the recipients, who must be checked individually, talked to, and their needs found out.

Most often, refugee families with children need help with social security, as well as with health – medicines that the state doesn't pay for, and psychological help. Another common need is a laptop so children can learn remotely, Dimanta said. 

Also, Ziedot.lv talks to families if they experienced war crimes committed by Russia and are prepared to talk about it. Then through Ziedot.lv, families can apply for evidence documentation in cooperation with Ukraine in the gathering of evidence.

“For refugees, this is important because these families also want the rule of law and justice,” added Dimanta.

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