Operation Christmas Child - Update

Last term Year 1 explored ‘Toys’ as a topic, as part of this topic they took part in ‘Operation Christmas Child’ run by the Samaritans Purse, this project sends shoeboxes to children in need around the world. Collectively as a year group items for 22 shoeboxes were donated. These were then sorted and packed by the children. This week Mrs Cook and Mrs Chapman received an email to let us know that our shoeboxes had been delivered to the Ukraine.


COUNTRY INFORMATION: Ukraine is an Eastern European country bordering Russia and the Black Sea. It is the largest country in Europe and one of the world’s largest grain exporters. Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Ukraine remains dependent on Russia for 80% of its natural gas needs.

There is currently a ‘frozen war’ in the east of Ukraine, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014. Despite ceasefires and a desire for peace, there is still fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army. The war is destroying communities, and sapping hope among young people in particular.

POPULATION: 45.8m, 15.6% are under 15.


OCC: Operation Christmas Child invests in building National leadership Teams, of which at the end of 2015 there were 94. These teams are made up of 484 trained local volunteers and staff within over 100 countries. They work alongside 150 Regional Leadership teams comprising over 4,000 volunteers who in turn trained over 51,000 leaders in local churches to make the programme possible each year.