Atlanta, Ga. (CBS46) – As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, the people of Georgia have worked tirelessly to save some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
Orphans can’t afford to flee Ukraine with their families, so a Spalding County man is working with a charity to save as many children as possible.
As many as 100,000 children are in orphanages across Ukraine.
Coleman Bailey, from Griffin, Georgia, is helping to evacuate five orphanages across Ukraine in some of the worst-affected areas.
“We have evacuated four orphanages out of their orphanages to safer areas. Two of them are currently outside the country,” Bailey said.
He was one of countless Americans who rescued some of the youngest victims of war.
Bailey works for the charity Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW). For the last week, the charity has focused its efforts in Mariupol, Ukraine, a city devastated by Russian bombs.
Bailey told CBS46, “With this fight, so many traumatic things have happened and it breaks my heart. Every child goes to an orphanage because something traumatic has happened in their life.”
With 30 to 40 children in each orphanage, Bailey and SOW are caring for nearly 300 children a day. But once the orphans were safely evacuated, the refugees took refuge in now-empty orphanages.
“Across all of our orphanages, we are taking care of about 5 to 600 people a day. These people come and they’re going to stay for about one to three days, they’ve just run away from a war and they’re going somewhere else,” Bailey said.
Every day with every Ukrainian saved, Bailey says he is grateful for the peaceful life he has in his hometown of Georgia.
“I think Griffin is the greatest city in the world. You count your blessings, you count your blessings to your family, all the people who have loved you along the way and helped you get to where you are, you will surely count the blessings,” he said. he said.
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