The International Rescue Committee (IRC), HarperCollins Children’s Books, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Endless OS Foundation are uniting to bring many celebrated and New York Times bestselling children’s books to displaced Ukrainian children and their families.
What is the partnership all about?
A selection of HarperCollins children’s books have been translated into Ukrainian to benefit children ages 5-18+. The IRC is distributing hard copy books to children who have found refuge in Poland, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom after fleeing the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The books are also available in e-book format on online retail and library channels worldwide, as well as on Endless Key, a downloadable app designed to provide educational, learning and discovery resources to communities without regular internet access.
With 3.3 million children inside Ukraine in need of humanitarian aid, and 88 percent of the 6 million Ukrainian refugees hosted across Europe estimated to be women and children, this collaboration will bring engaging and inclusive content to families at no charge.
How will the partnership help?
This partnership to provide books for Ukrainian children allows families to access a wide selection of literature, translated in their native language.
Next to basic needs, like food and safety, people affected by the war in Ukraine need additional integration support to start rebuilding their lives. This includes job opportunities, long-term accommodation, and services like educational programming and language classes.
IRC's Ukraine Response
The war in Ukraine has seen 5.9 million people fleeing to seek safety in Europe, left 3.7 million people internally displaced and 14.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The IRC is on the ground in Ukraine, and countries where Ukrainian refugees have found safety, to meet the needs of people affected by the war.
Since February 2022, the IRC has worked from emergency through recovery and inclusion, addressing the needs of people fleeing Ukraine.
Ever since, we have been working closely with partners to review the changing situation and identify gaps to reach vulnerable people with essential assistance. The IRC is continuing its efforts in Ukraine, Europe and the US to match the growing scale of needs. Our emergency programs are active on the ground in Poland and Moldova. We are also serving Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Bulgaria, as well as in Germany, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom.