A Place Where Kids can be Kids In Tumultuous Times

Uliyana Batalia, 12, lives alone with her mother in the war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. Each day is a new struggle for them to survive the constant fighting and meet their basic needs.

One bright spot is the Teen Club at Lugansk’s Jewish community center sponsored by Federation partner JDC. There, each Sunday, she escapes with her friends into a better, more hopeful world where she can dance, paint and dream like any other kid. 


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