Serving Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

In Ukraine Since 2022

The war with Russia has caused one of the fastest large-scale displacements of children since World War II.  Save the Children director Socia Khush warned that children affected by this war are severely at risk of “toxic stress,” a condition triggered by extreme periods of adversity. The effects are so powerful that they can alter brain structures and organ systems, lasting long into children’s adult lives.

In the summer of 2022, Peace through Music International opened a program in Poland serving Ukrainian refugees.  From June through September, we provided in-person harmonica, pennywhistle, singing and ukulele classes to children and teenagers up to eight hours a day, six days a week at the Serock Refugee Center outside of Warsaw.  In summer 2023, we brought a 3-month music education program to a refugee center in Łódź, Poland, and also offered classes to Ukrainian refugees at the Polska YMCA.  In 2024, our teenage students continue to train online.  Several are also learning piano thanks to volunteers and 3 beautiful new keyboards donated at the beginning of the year.  Students in Bălți, Moldova are also learning to play the ukulele in a community center run by Lifting Hands International.

Our program brings purpose, self esteem, achievement, creativity, and joy while reducing the effects of trauma and severe stress.  

Given the enormity and long-term outlook of the conflict in Ukraine, we plan to continue to expand this program in 2024. Help us make that happen!

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