Korchma turned to the foundation after her family house in eastern Ukraine’s Sloviansk was shelled and she had to leave home with her twelve children. The refugees now live in an orphanage near Kiev but since no appropriate conditions are available there, children might go back to children’s home.
The foundation said it would help the family move to Russia but according to Korchma, the Ukrainian government said that hers were “state children” and would be taken away if she attempted to leave the country with them.
At the time of shellings in Sloviansk, Korchma started a blog about civilians’ problems. She also opened the city’s first family-type children’s home on her family’s own account. Her two elder children help their parents collect the aid for southeastern Ukraine.
A week ago, Russian Children’s Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said more than 1,200 orphans were now in the combat zone but the Ukrainian government hampered their evacuation to Russia or Ukraine’s peaceful regions.