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HOK art auction helps refugee families

HOK virtual art auction raises money for World Vision’s Ukraine appeal

Global architecture firm HOK has raised over $15,000 through their art auction – Unite for Ukraine – to raise money for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

The online art auction showcased more than 100 pieces of art created and donated by HOK employees from around the world. The art for sale included paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and more.

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Unite for Ukraine proceeds will help families affected by conflict

Art auction raises over $15,000 for Ukrainian families

Anyone could visit the virtual gallery during the 13-day bidding fair (14-27 September). And you can still visit the gallery to find out more about the conflict in Ukraine and how World Vision supports the families and children affected by it.

The creative global fundraiser raised an incredible $15,529 for Ukraine, helping World Vision reach more people impacted by the conflict with humanitarian aid.

World Vision has pledged that 100% of proceeds will go directly towards meeting the needs of people fleeing, with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.

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The conflict in Ukraine is devastating families

That’s the reality for Tanya and her 16-year-old daughter, Yana. Forced to flee their home to find safety in Romania.

“Father stayed at home. He just went with us to the bus to say goodbye,” says Yana.

They arrived at a refugee centre which houses up to 450 people. The shelter is supported by a Romanian businessman with additional donations from local citizens.

“When we came here, they offered us everything – hygiene, food, clothes,” says Tanya.

World Vision pays for utilities such as electricity, gas and laundry services, and covers the expenses of volunteers.

Ukrainian mother and daughter sat together in a refugee centre
Tanya and Yana received supplies at the shelter in Romania

“We don’t know when we will return home”

Yana continues her studies virtually from the shelter and enjoys finding time to do activities like running and jumping. But the war has taken its toll on her mental health.

Tanya explains, “Yana was worrying a lot. She was scared about everything and was shocked about everything that happened.”

It’s not just Yana that has been impacted by the war. Tanya misses their home in Ukraine, “Mykolaiv is very cool place, we have a lot of beautiful places, a lot of friends.”

But Mykolaiv feels a long way off as the crisis continues to unfold.

“We don’t know when we will return home,” Tanya cries.

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Ukrainian girl reading a book sat on her bed in the refugee centre
Yana continues her education at the refugee shelter

Your support will save lives

Millions of children have fled their homes and are now in need.

That’s why World Vision needs your support to help those affected by the Ukraine war.

World Vision is responding to the devastating impact of the conflict by supporting refugees in Romania, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. We’re supporting children and families, like Tanya’s, who have been forced to flee their homes and are still unable to return - bringing food, healthcare, education and psychosocial support.

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