Search & Rescue

Search & Rescue

Since 1994, Tikva has worked tirelessly to locate Jewish children in need from the southern regions of the former Soviet Union. Tikva reaches 25 regions throughout Ukraine, Six regions in Belarus and Two regions in Moldova.

In order to identify and rescue these youngsters, Tikva employs 30 full time staff and independent contractors, experts in working with archives and specific social/demographic areas. Working in the context of a sophisticated professional system, they go through a labour-intensive, often time-consuming process to document each child’s Jewish heritage and secure necessary permissions. Specific documentation is carefully examined of the child, mother and grandmother including passports and birth certificates in an effort to confirm nationality and Jewish lineage. The youngsters are then transported to Tikva Children’s Home in Odessa.

Last year alone, Tikva found close to 100 endangered and impoverished Jewish children who might otherwise have been doomed to a life of prostitution, drugs and crime on the streets. It is estimated that there are approximately 2,500 more Jewish children facing similar risks, still needing critical care. With Tikva successful in identifying 80% of the children requiring its life-saving services in 2012, only 20% are being rescued due to the financial constraints of the organisation.