The Zhytomir Family Center

The Family Center in Zhytomir, Ukraine has been taking in internally displaced people since the beginning of the war, and buying diapers and food stuffs for refugees from Kiev and the surrounding region. The staff offer free meals to anyone who comes by asking for help.   The Center has now fed over 1000 people, and over 500 were given overnight shelter.

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The Zhytomir Family Center

Faces have been blurred because subjects are so close to the war zone and asked not to reveal their identities, in case they are targeted.

The Family Center in Zhytomir, Ukraine. Image taken 70 km From Kiev, Ukraine, February 28, 2022.  The Family Center has been taking in internally displaced people since the beginning of the war, and buying diapers and food stuffs for refugees from Kiev and the surrounding region. The staff offer free meals to anyone who comes by asking for help.

Lunch for the families of internally displaced people. Family Center’s staff prepares special meals for small children. Over 200 people were served by the Center in the few days since the beginning of the invasion, 15 of whom are staying there on a permanent basis.

Fresh bedding for the families. The Family Center’s staff works in shifts to care for the refugees, which includes 24/7 laundry duty to ensure clean living conditions.

Family with an invalid disabled child that the center’s staff evacuated from Zhytomir, Ukraine.

Storage of vegetables in the Family Center, including cabbage, onions, plenty of potatoes and olive oil. The meals are simple but healthy.

is located 70km from Kiev, and became one of the first stop points for families moving from the capital region westward.