A summer camp in the Bukovina region of Ukraine is hosting 30 Israeli children from Sderot.
The children from the southern Israeli town that has been hard hit by bombardment from Gaza arrived Tuesday in Kiev. They will stay two weeks at the camp in Vyzhnitza, learning about Ukrainian history and society and receiving physical and psychological rehabilitative care.
The trip is co-sponsored by Ukraine’s International Center of Tolerance, Ukraine’s embassy in Israel and Israel’s embassy in Ukraine. Expenses are being covered by Ukranian lawmaker Aleksandr Feldman, president of the tolerance center and the Jewish Foundation of Ukraine, who also initiated the project.
Organizers say they wish to give the children a few weeks of respite, and foster goodwill between young Israelis and Ukrainians.
Last year 70 children from northern Israel who were affected by the war with Hezbollah were hosted in Ukraine’s Khmelnitzky region, and a delegation of Ukrainian children visited Israel in return.