I met Vladimir when I lived in eastern Ukraine; he is one of the kindest and most self-sacrificing people I have ever met. Whenever I would run into him he was always doing something for somebody else, with little to no thought for his own life or what his needs were.
Vladimir married Millichka, who is the same way, and they have two children. (And a third on the way).
In order to escape the conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, they moved in with Millichka's mother in a safer region of the country. Millichka's mother, before passing, had sold a share of her apartment (a sort of reverse mortgage) to help pay for the family's survival, and now the family is being forced out of the apartment because they don't have the $4,000 required to purchase that part back.
Credit is not widely available in eastern Europe, and $4,000 is several times the average annual income - an amount that is very difficult to come to on one's own.
Vladimir did not ask me to do this, though he gratefully accepted the idea; it's just time that something good happened to Vladimir and his young family.
Every little bit helps. Thank you so much for your donations!
- Bryan Hamblin