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OUR MISSION:

Project HOPE supports the emotional recovery and well-being of Ukrainian autistic children whose lives have been disrupted by the war. Our primary mission is to provide free sensory toys and developmental materials to the affected children. Our secondary mission is to support therapy centers and individual professionals offering services to these children and their families. 

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No donation is too small. 

Thousands of autistic children have been affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These children are extremely vulnerable to disruptions in routines, to the distress of others, and to being in unfamiliar, loud, crowded environments. Which, of course, are all a part of escaping home and re-settling in a different location in the midst of a war.

Autistic children need expensive sensory items, such as weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, safe chewing toys, hammocks, swings, fidgets, and squeeze toys. These specialized items help with reducing behavioral outbursts and self-injury.  They are also vital for good sleep, immediate stress relief, and ability to learn. 

 

All these are daily challenges for Ukrainian autistic children who have been exposed to military action and who have lived through harrowing escape experiences with their families.

 

Refugee families leave their homes with bare necessities and do not have the money to buy these specialized items. Large humanitarian organizations do not distribute them.  

 

Project HOPE is a team of volunteers working tirelessly to raise money and send sensory items to the Ukrainian autistic children in need. We help families who have stayed in Ukraine and those who have escaped to safe countries.

 

EVEN MORE IMPACT: Thanks to our partnership, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

for Autism will match up to $2,500 in donations!

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"My daughter is struggling dealing with the escape, loss of home, crowds, aggression. We would be happy to have a swing or any other sensory toys."

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"My son needs a tent or
another place to hide.
This became especially
important after the explosions and basements."

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Emails from families of Ukrainian autistic children.