Who We Are

Who We Are

Since 1996, Tikva aims to provide a warm, compassionate home, social services and a quality education for abandoned and at-risk Jewish children of Odessa.


Tikva provides love and care for approximately 320 Jewish orphans on a daily basis.

With dedicated house parents, caring teachers, and their many “siblings” Tikva’s children receive the love, comfort and emotional support critical for their growth and development.

Tikva also offers shelter, nutritious food, seasonal clothing, linens and warm blankets, creating a warm, clean and uplifting environment.

Tikva helps it’s once destitute children, transition from a life of poverty and hardship to one filled with happiness and hope.


Most of Tikva’s children have suffered devastating abuse, spent damaging years in state orphanages or are simply emotionally at risk due to broken homes and the despair brought on by poverty.

As a result, they arrive with a wide range of psychological issues.

Tikva responds by offering guidance via professional counsellors, six psychologists and two psychiatrists who are readily available to hear their problems, offer practical solutions and foster long term emotional stability and independence.


Many Tikva children arrive with medical and developmental difficulties following years of neglect, trauma and/or physical abuse. A wide range of medical problems are detected daily from regular childhood diseases to acute illnesses.

Tikva responds with seven doctors and twenty three nurses on staff. They perform complete medical evaluations upon arrival, identifying the child’s most urgent needs.

The team creates an individualised treatment plan with each child gaining full access to Tikva’s 24 hour healthcare facility.


Odessa’s Jewish community began to grow significantly in the 19th century. Along with Jewish communities throughout Eastern Europe, the next hundred years encompassed the development of Ashkenazi cuisine, culture, philosophy and religious tradition. Sadly, pogroms and genocide have marred this rich heritage, persecuting and driving Jews away. For those that remained following World War II, the ensuing Soviet rule forced the next generation of Jews to abandon their identity.

Since Ukrainian independence, a growing number of unaffiliated Jews have expressed an interest in rebuilding their Jewish identity and sense of belonging. In Odessa, Tikva has pioneered the revitalisation of Jewish communal life since 1991, offering a range of ground breaking initiatives to sustain continued growth in this emerging community.