Simon Ådahl & Peo Thyren Artists
Link to the music video:
Donate to the Ukraine work:
Star of Hope, a Kansas-based organization says “preparations to receive Ukrainian refugees in 2022 started back in 1989. We just hadn't realized it.”
During our 33 years on the ground in Romania, we have changed the lives of children with disabilities. No words of praise are enough for the Romanian front-line workers who have dedicated their lives to these children!
Our efforts have attracted the attention of UNICEF, who, after many visits to centers and border crossings, decided to start a collaboration with us. Thanks to that, we can now take on a new group of refugees. We provide them with accommodation, food, clothing, health care, education, leisure activities, and counseling. Later UNHCR would also partner.
This collaboration covers over 5000 Ukrainian children, and the children with disabilities have access to rehabilitation at the Star of Hope center in Romania. There, we work with, among other things, physiotherapy, speech therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. - "This mainly concerns children with Down's syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy," says Aura.
Aura's heart beats a little extra for all the single mothers she has met. Those mothers, who were not single six months ago, were forced to say goodbye to their children's fathers in Ukraine. They are now forced to rebuild their lives, on their own, without a stable foundation to stand on.
At each center and border crossing, there is now at least one refugee that we have employed. In this way, these mothers get the chance to help their compatriots and, at the same time, earn their living. All the excellent work that is being accomplished makes Aura proud, but at the same time, she points out that the work must continue. For a family on the run, Star of Hope's help can make all the difference in the world.
The fact that the state and UNICEF want to cooperate with Star of Hope Romania, affirms our competence. Gratitude overwhelms me at the thought that our 33 years of work are turning into joy for a new group of children when they need it most.
Those who are never forced from their homes cannot understand how it feels - but we know that running away becomes even more difficult for children with disabilities. Right now, we are the right people, at the right place and time, ready to welcome these children and guide their families into a new existence.
Now a song and video have been created for Ukraine, “Pray for Ukraine”.
This music and video were produced in Sweden on Star of Hope International's behalf for release near the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, here is some background on how it came to be.
Simon Ådahl became familiar to many Swedes, Europeans, and people across the globe due to the effects of winning the Swedish Melody festival with his band Edin-Ådahl. Now he has sung the duet "I intend to pray for Ukraine" with Peo Thyren from Noice a classic Swedish rock band. The motivation is simply to evoke prayer and support the Ukrainian people.
Link to the music video:
consider a gift or share