About us

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Meet our team

Children’s Embassy is a group that helps kids in Ukraine who need support. They have a special place called Friends’ House, which is about ninety miles from a big city called Kiev. Friends’ House is where they start all their good work in the nearby villages.

Long ago, this house was a home for kids and a place where they could get better if they were sick. Since 2010, they’ve been working to make sure kids can stay with their families. To help families with what they really need, like clean water, cows for milk, and fixing their homes.

Children’s Embassy is also in Kiev, helping kids who need it, moms who have lost their husbands and have young children, and young moms too.

The kind people who started Children’s Embassy and Friends’ House are Mirjam and Boas Adolphi, a couple from Finland and Sweden. They’ve been doing great things in Ukraine since 1991.”

Boas Adolphi

for Childrens Embassy, Founder

Mirjam Adolphi

International Coordinator, Founder

Victor Pavlovitch

President, Responsible for all our projects and programs in Ukraine

Yulia Vakulenko

Bookkeeper, Secretary

Kateryna Voloshyn

Coordinator of Aid Programs for Pisky and Surrounding Villages

Svitlana Oschadcjuk

Coordinator of Aid Programs in Kyiv

Kateryna (Katya) Ovdijenko

Housekeeper and Sunday School Assistant at Friend’s House

Tanya Virozub

Coordinator of the “Lifeline” Aid Program for Ukrainian Refugees in Eskilstuna, Sweden

Our mission

The Children’s Embassy helps families and kids in Piski and nearby places who don’t have much. We give them food, clothes, shoes, and more from our main place called the Friends House. We need your help to do this. Right now, we’re also helping people in Ukraine because of a big war caused by russia.

Historical Milestones

Big Steps in Our Journey


We start helping street kids. We find them in basements, parks, and tunnels. There weren’t supposed to be any street kids in Ukraine, so sometimes we got in trouble with the police and even had to stay in jail with the kids.


We get to use an old daycare for free! It’s in a place called Piski. We move there with 10 kids and two therapy dogs. The house is cold and empty, but we fix it up. Every kid gets their own bed, there’s food, and we have each other. One girl even shows the Finnish ambassador our toilet, and she’s so proud it flushes!


Now, there are 25 of us. The Finnish embassy helps us teach people that some kids are safer on the streets than at home. This helps the community accept us.


A new law says we’re an official rehab center. An organization helps us fix up the building.


Another law change lets us become an official children’s home.

Circle closes. Sveta, who grew up on the street, gets married and starts working with us. We’ve known her since she was 15 and pregnant. Katja, another young mom, also gets married and works with us.


39 kids have found new families through us. Some have foster parents, some are adopted, and five have started their own families.

We set up a training apartment for older kids to learn how to live on their own.


In October, our child and rehab work turns into a family home with government support.

In December, we get a medal for our work with kids’ rights.


We’re doing three things now. We have a Day Care for village kids, we help families in bad situations, and we support sponsored kids in the villages.


There’s a big revolution. Even though the country is in crisis, we keep helping people with basic needs. In May 2014, we welcome our first family who had to leave their home because of trouble in eastern Ukraine