YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES
When you think about the children who have lost limbs, homes, and in many cases their lives because of war happening right now in Ukraine, imagine if your child was suffering in pain, without food, warm clothes, or medical care. Look at your child or a child in your life and imagine if this was happening to them. This is why we created Global Ukraine Initiative - so no child goes without help when there aren't enough adult shoulders available.
With so many volunteers working individually and other organizations working with limitations of one area of focus, we decided to pull volunteers together to create The Global Ukraine Initiative. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, as a non-profit, our GUI consists of people from all walks of life who have volunteered their time and personal resources to help with relief efforts directly in Ukraine. Our primary goal is to help as many children as possible through medical care and food supplies while also providing clothing for those affected by this tragedy- especially cold-weather clothing!
In the early stages of the war, among the many stories we began to hear, one in particular, grabbed our attention. Having lost her mother when she was only two weeks old, Kira Obedinsky was only 12 years old when she lost her father and became an orphan. She’d been sheltering with her dad Evgeny, Anya, his partner, and her two children in the basement of a neighbor’s house in Mariupol when the building was hit directly by a Russian attack. Dragged from the rubble by rescuers, Kira and the others were taken to the hospital, but Evgeny did not survive.
In the ensuing chaos, Kira ended up in the hands of Russian soldiers who took her to Donetsk’s regional hospital in a separatist-controlled part of the Donbas region. Frightened, alone, and surrounded by Russian soldiers, she received treatment for shrapnel wounds to her face and body. As she struggled with not knowing who to trust or what obstacles she would face daily as she recovered, Russian state television used her treatment to send a false message to Russian citizens that Ukrainians were being treated well.
Thankfully, with lots of work, Kira found hope when she was reunited with her only remaining family member, her grandfather Alexsandr, and returned to Kyiv to continue her healing. Unfortunately, so many Ukrainian children have no one to turn to.
The crisis in Ukraine has created a new humanitarian crisis that requires an immediate response. Russia's recent attacks on infrastructure have extended to launching strikes against targets such as power lines that lead to hospitals, emergency facilities, and orphanages with no electricity. This action sends millions more Ukrainians into darkness that will soon be followed by frigid winter weather, making it even more difficult for parents to keep their children warm while protecting them from sickness or discomfort--especially when you're already struggling just to get food on the table! Some Ukrainian cities, such as Bakhumt, have been without electricity, food, and clean water for over two months.
We are launching this emergency fundraising drive so supplies can be distributed there as quickly possible because no one should face these hardships alone.
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These families, many like Kira and Alexandr, survive in shelters and small flats because most of the utilities have been damaged during the conflict, and gas for heating is frequently not accessible in these locations. Some abandoned their winter jackets and other apparel as they rushed for their lives as bombs began dropping, taking just the items they could carry. Those parents who were fortunate enough to find winter coats, clothes, or boots for their children now face the unfortunate realization that their children have grown, and the items no longer fit. The majority of families have little or no employment money, and many mothers are caring for their children alone while their husbands are serving at war, so purchasing something brand new is not an option for them.
We can all agree that being hopeless is a terrible place to be. We're on a mission to bring hope and happiness into the lives of Ukraine’s most vulnerable children in this most challenging time. Though we have already provided assistance to so many Ukrainians in need, we are working hard to quickly expand the scope of our support. However, many children are still in dire need of assistance. Since the holiday season is also around the corner, with your help, we can make this winter easier for war-torn children and families by providing warm clothes, food, and the gift of hope.
We are working around the clock in Ukraine to deliver relief aid that will help those in areas immediately affected by this disaster. The support includes:
1. Warm clothing.
2. Warm meals.
3. Medical assistance.
4. Boxed food, water, and supplies.
5. Shelter relocation.
6. Portable heaters with solar-powered electrical supplies.
Working with these outstanding organizations as our partners, we will have the capacity to reach many more people in need simultaneously:
Just as our team of volunteers, these organizations are working on the front line to provide emergency assistance, but they are faced with ever-changing circumstances daily. These challenges include enough food for the number of people in need, access to food and supplies, and obtaining volunteers to safely distribute the food and supplies. These are areas that we can immediately impact by working together.
World Central Kitchen
WCK, the largest food relief operation in Ukraine, has cooked and served over 23 million meals to Ukrainians who live under attack from pro-Russian forces. WCK's work wouldn't be possible without their 4,300 dedicated team members - cooking delicious fresh dishes daily while also fighting off the dangers surrounding them.
Save the Children
Having been founded over 100 years ago, through the decades, Save the Children has continued to work to save children’s lives. Today, the organization is working hard on behalf of those whose lives need saving right now: kids who have fled violence or threats within their country and parents seeking refuge from bombs falling onto homes.
Caritas Ukraine provides humanitarian assistance in the form of clothing, footwear and other necessary items to hundreds of people a week in Ukraine. Caritas Ukraine work first began in 1992, after Ukraine declared independence. It was set up by local Greek Catholic communities to distribute humanitarian assistance to poor families. However, the needs of society forced Caritas’ activity in Ukraine to expand, which led to the formation of the international charitable foundation Caritas Ukraine in 1994.
First Ones In
First Ones In is an international group of civilians who, in the earliest days of the war in Ukraine, heard the cries of "Someone needs to help them!" and realized that each of them could be that someone. Together, they formed a team and began delivering life-saving medical care and training, humanitarian aid, and other disaster relief to all those harmed by the current conflict, regardless of political, ethnic, or religious affiliation.
Lviv Cental Baptist Church
The church has been providing assistance with care packages of food and clothing to those in need across Ukraine. In addition, the church has opened its doors to give shelter to refugees from east and south Ukraine fleeing serious ground conflict.
Your help is urgently needed and appreciated. If you are in a position to take action, please make a donation today. Every donation, no matter how big or small will go towards meeting the needs of orphaned and injured kids in Ukraine with warm winter clothing, meals, and much-needed supplies. It also lets them know that the world hasn't forgotten them.
We believe in full transparency and want you to know, to see where your donations are going in action. We will post updates both here and on our website, as well as work with media outlets to show your donations in action. 100% of all monies received go directly to its purpose, Ukrainian children and families in need.
Together, let's help families keep their children warm this winter.
Thank you in advance for your precious time and thoughtful consideration of this great initiative. May God bless you in return for any form of aid!
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