WACO, Texas (April 7, 2022) — Students from Baylor University have banded together to support women and children that have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine. The organization, called Bears Helping Babies, is led by professor Matthew Brammer.
Using the skills they have learned this semester in the two respective classes, Advertising and Public Relations and Writing and Editing for Online Media, the students and Brammer launched a new website in an effort to fundraise $20,000.
The organization was created after a class discussion about the war in Ukraine. The students were inspired by the many humanitarian efforts already underway in the countries refugees are fleeing to.
The website, in collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse, a fundraising site that allocates donations to various relief efforts, aims to inform readers about the ongoing reality of the women and child refugees.
On Feb. 24, Russian troops invaded the Ukrainian border. With multiple attacks across Ukraine, mainly focused on the capital city Kyiv, an estimated 4.3 million people have fled Ukraine, as of April 7. With men having to stay behind to help with the war efforts, women and children have been forced to flee on their own; some children have even had to leave the country without any help.
Several nations have allowed all Ukrainian refugees into their borders even without travel documents. These nations are Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Belarus, Russia and Poland; with Poland receiving more than half of the number of refugees.
These women and children have almost nothing with them, leaving behind everything but their essentials. Humanitarian efforts have focused on getting these people food, clothing, money, housing and education for the children.
Bears Helping Babies aims to help the families among the refugees by providing things such as diapers, blankets and hygiene kits. You can help the cause by visiting the website and donating toward the $20,000 goal.