One year after Russia's war on Ukraine, what's it like for those who stayed?
According to Olga, walking through war is like being engulfed by a huge powerful ocean wave but you have to survive so you learn new skills. It is the small acts of kindness and solidarity that keep her going.
Please read Olga's latest blog here - https://cov19chronicles.com/?s=olga where she talks about the impact of the war on her life and the value of your donations.
“Our hope for you is just that you never, ever feel what we feel inside – that you never know this war – that you never, ever know how it is to be walking through this war"
Please donate to her shelter if you can. Every penny goes directly to helping Ukraine's internally displaced people in the shelter. Whatever you can manage whether £5 or £50 these contributions mean a lot to the shelter.
You may remember the last time I wrote to you in December 2022, I asked for your help to enable Olga to buy a generator during a harsh winter with many power cuts. The good news is we succeeded in helping the shelter get a generator. Please read her blog and find out what they did with your donations and watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qODOPb0IVLQ
p.s. I’m Marie Gillespie and I work at The Open University - shorturl.at/bejpU.
I met Olga in 2017 in Kiev on a research project. She was displaced from Donetsk region, Occupied Territories, in 2014 so she knows what it's like to have to leave your home and everything behind you.