Aid to the Russian Church was founded in 1973 by Jane Ellis, a researcher at Keston College. After studying Russian at university, Jane felt called to serve oppressed Christians in Russia.
In 2006 another exciting stage of development was entered as they launched under the new name, ChildAid. At the same time, they developed relationships with a smaller number of partners who really make a difference in transforming lives.
The plight of these children remains massively under-publicised and perhaps the majority of people have no idea of the atrocities that are occurring in this area of the world. While it is justifiable that such huge publicity is given to the poverty and illness in Africa, Latin America and Asia, ChildAid believe it is of utmost importance to make known the equally unacceptable situation facing millions of children in this region.
ChildAid is one of the few charities in the UK working with these children. The hope is for light to be cast on the dire situations they find themselves in and want to find real and long-lasting solutions to the problems that currently exist.
ChildAid works exclusively with children in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. ChildAid helps children who are abandoned, exposed to abuse, trapped in a cycle of violence or poverty or living with learning or physical disabilities. MMN has recently supported ChildAid to help ensure that the heinous barriers of corruption and poverty are swept away. For the children and families they serve in both western and eastern Ukraine, they ensure that only safe medicines are purchased, that funds are available to cover food and consumables and that above all the families have prayer partners and Spirit-led guidance for longer term care and support.