After overcoming the 1.500 km of road, 44 children from 9 regions of Ukraine today came by bus to Naturcenter Harrild Hede (Nature Center Harrild Heath) in Brande-Іkast Municipality, after which 14 children were taken to Aalborg in a minibus.
The children are invited to Denmark by Lastivka - Ukrainian Youth Organization of Denmark. Volunteers pay for the children's travel, accommodation, food and great entertainment both in the camps and elsewhere.
For the Ukrainian children are waiting Legoland, the largest indoor water park in Denmark Lalandia, zoo, visits to local farms and more.
All the necessary preparations for the children's arrival has been done in advance. Many families in Denmark, which will host the children, came in contact with the children's families in Ukraine.
From Ukraine to Denmark through Poland
The children who lost a parent due to the conflict in Ukraine, began their journey on the night of July 10 to 11 from the city Lviv. They came there from various Ukrainian cities. Meeting, accommodation and meals for children and accompanying adults were handled by the co-organizer in Ukraine NGO 'Help the heroes Children' (a voluntary organization that engages the public in helping and supporting children of ATO's participants).
Fast and free visa was contributed by the Danish Embassy in Ukraine.
Accompanied by six adults, including a doctor, two psychologists and three teachers, the children came to Wroclaw (Poland), where they during the day were looked after by the Ukrainian diaspora in Poland. During the day the children met with the director of Ukraine's honorary consulate in Poland, Artem Zozulya, and Ukrainian students made trips for the children.
The next stop after Wroclaw was the camp in Ikast, and then in Aalborg, where the reception of the children was organized by Lastivka in Aalborg led by Vasyl Savchenko.
Alice in Wonderland
The special thing about this trip is that all actions carried out for the kids, are made in the form of a game after the famous story of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
This adventure for kids is made possible by caring people who responded to the invitation from the Danish volunteers and sent money. Among those who donated money, there are many individuals and Danish organizations: Novotex, Lion Club Ikast, Lions Club Them, Nybolig Ikast, Y's Men's Club Ikast, Danish Vilomix A/S, Social Educators National Union and Red Cross. Some of these funds were targeted for costs such as the children's trip to Legoland and to buy them ice-cream during their stay there.
Head of the organization Lastivka in Ikast, Maria Padovska, told us that only the children's trip from Ukraine to Denmark and back will cost the organization 3,600 euros. This is despite the fact that the volunteers found the cheapest deals for fee per. kilometers – 0.92 euro.
"Thanks to all those who didn't stay away but supported the great cause. The Food Bank, which provided products for the children's breakfast, and Danish farmers and families who assigned meat, vegetables, fruit and other products for the camp. We will give the children some gifts before they leave the camps, and we are very pleased that we have the means to purchase these gifts," Maria Padovska said during our phone conversation.
Translation by Joergen Deleuran