Hibuki Therapy Project

Providing Psychological Support to Ukrainian Children

At United Help Ukraine (UHU), we are supporting and raising funds for the Hibuki Therapy Project. “Hibuki” means “Open Embrace” in Hebrew.

First developed by Israeli child psychologists in 2006, the Hibuki Therapy Project uses a specially designed toy dog as a therapy tool to support the mental health of children impacted by war trauma. Now we are bringing Hibuki dogs to Ukraine to help more than two million children who have become refugees and millions more who have been displaced within the country.

Provided by an adult trained to use the Hibuki method, this play-based intervention allows children to share what they have experienced in the aftermath of traumatic events. The toy dog fosters empathy and encourages the children to share their emotions, which are often hard to process or communicate to adults who can – and want – to help.

In Ukraine, children are the most vulnerable group of refugees and are severely impacted by the ongoing crisis, which is why UHU is committed to providing psychological aid through the Hibuki Therapy Project.

All of the Hibuki toys and therapeutic supports are provided free of charge in Ukraine and in refugee centers through a network of volunteers from Ukraine, Israel and the United States.

With your support, we can bring comfort, therapeutic play, and relief to children and families at a time when they need it most.

Contact us at hibuki@unitedhelpukraine.org

Project Updates

  • Over $63,000 has been raised to date through private donations

  • 6,100 Hibuki dogs have been produced including 1,100 inside Ukraine to help support local seamstresses

  • 150 therapists and volunteers have been trained in multiple locations across the country

Hibuki Distribution Map