My name is Irina. My daughter and I arrived in America from Ukraine on August 12, 2022. Circumstances related to the military invasion of Russia on February 24 forced us to leave our home.
My husband and son stayed in Ukraine. We had a small family business, but in mid-March, unfortunately, our production factory was completely burned down from shelling. Everything is destroyed. We were left without means of subsistence. It is difficult for men to find work in Ukraine now.
Our city Irpen is a suburb of Kyiv. Active hostilities were conducted in it from February 24 to March 28. It was destroyed by Russian troops by 76%. The life we have always lived is in the past. There are practically no jobs. And the departure of men outside Ukraine is closed. Schools are practically destroyed, children study only online. And it is certainly difficult and ineffective. Our house survived, but it can only be sold at a very low price. Nothing for sale due to military threat. The houses of my neighbors are completely destroyed. Every day it is very difficult to see and live in these conditions, especially for children.
My daughter and I came to America to be further from the war, to recover psychologically and start life anew. I want to help my family and give my daughter the opportunity to study further. My daughter's name is Sofia. She is 13 years old. She studies music, violin class. This requires the cost of training and the ability to take her to classes. We currently live in Ames, Iowa. Public transport is bad here. It is very difficult to get around without your own car. I only have $2500 with me and that's all we have. I am waiting for a work permit, which will also require a car to get there.
Please support us and help to buy a car for me and my daughter. I am very grateful to the US government and all American people for their kindness, compassion and openness. Thank you for the support you give us through your social services and the all benefits you give us. Thank you for every meeting with people who are not indifferent to our history. I really want to become a useful member of your society - to work, study, pay taxes and just enjoy life. I pray and wish to see my daughter happy and wait for our family to be reunited. There are many hopes and expectations, but in my limited position, I am learning to take the first steps in the new conditions of life. And I am grateful to America for the opportunity to start this new life.
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