Friends of Valentina in Ukraine

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Ukraine is suffering under attack by Russia. My long-time friend and colleague Ruslan Zasukhin and I started a business together called Paradigma Software in the early 2000s, and he runs our development team in Kherson, Ukraine. Many have been with us since they finished college, and we also have some paid interns from the local university. Almost all, except the interns, have since begun to raise families. Ruslan is also very active at the university.
We are raising funds to support our colleagues during (and hopefully soon after) the crisis. Our plan is to provide financial support based on the following hierarchy of need:
  • Loss of home or need to leave. We can't leave people homeless. So far, our friends and colleagues are toughing it out in Kherson, but if they have to go, we want to help them get to the border and get situated.
  • Necessities, supplies and medicine. Local supplies are starting to grow thin as of today. While many Ukrainians have home gardens, we want to keep them as healthy as possible.
  • Reinforcement of homes. Windows need to be covered, and other small fixes can keep homes and apartments from contributing harm to those that live there. We know some don't dare to return to their apartments because of injuries from broken glass shattering when nearby explosions happen.
Our goal is to support our team and their families (in the event of the team member passing, their survivors), our interns and other friends and colleagues in Kherson. Ruslan is also reaching out to the university to see what we can do to help.
We are grateful for any level of donation you can provide. As regularly as possible, we will also offer some 'feet on the ground' updates from Kherson and messages from those you are helping.

Japanese Version

ウクライナのFriends of Valentina



同僚でもあるルスラン・ザスキン氏と2000年代初頭にParadigma Software 社を設立、彼がウクライナのへルソン市で弊社開発チームを率いています。チームメンバーは大学卒業後から弊社に勤続している者がほとんどで、地元の大学からの有給インターンも所属しています。インターン以外のほとんどのチームメンバーは今では家庭を持つようになりました。またルスラン氏自身も現在地元の大学で活躍しています。




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Lynn Fredricks
Beaverton, OR

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