The Times-Independent

Moab aid to support school for Ukraine refugees

Moab donors are supporting a school expansion in Hungary for Ukraine refugees that is serving about 250 children.

Tatjana Krivszka, from Ukraine, left, and Moab Rotary member Terri Getz hold up a sign made by Moab local Theresa King in support of Ukraine. Rotary members met in Budapest, Hungary, to discuss plans to fund and expand a school for Ukraine children.
Photo by Steve Getz

Moab Rotary Club members Steve and Terri Getz traveled from Moab to Budapest, Hungary, in April and met with Rotary Club members about 150 miles from the border of Ukraine. They carried with them notes and letters of support from Moab and discussed a plan for allocating over $20,000 raised in donations through the Moab Rotary Club.

“Terri and I had a nice dinner with four members of the Budapest-City Rotary Club,” Steve Getz wrote in an email update. “They are an international group, one Dane, one Romanian, and two from Ukraine. One of the Ukrainians said her mother is in Ukraine now, she refuses to leave her home in western Ukraine. The mom is helping refugees from the east to travel to Hungary.”

Getz said the plan includes buying the children school supplies, such as backpacks, books and laptops. The existing school is “sponsored by a local Greek Orthodox Church,” he said, and began with only teaching five students with two teachers. With the expansion of the school to help refugees there are now 250 students. Teachers from the Ukraine are helping to expand the school.

“The Rotary members feel this will be a long-term program continuing after the war itself is over, as much of the cities have been razed,” Getz said.

Writing to The Times-Independent from Hungary, Henning Sorknaes, secretary of the Budapest Rotary Club, said the school will start with 11 classes on Sept. 1.

“Up until now the school has operated on Saturdays only, having some 50 students,” Sorknaes said. “Due to the present ongoing war in Ukraine the number of students jumped rapidly to some 250, of different ages. Thus, the school is looking to expand activities and that is where our project comes into the picture.”