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Help us to host Ukrainian refugees in our home

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Hi, my name is Sara. I moved to St Louis, MO, in 2017 with my husband, Edoardo, and we are now settled here with two children, Lucia and Levi, 5 and 3 years old, respectively. We are Italian, and we own a single-family house in the center of Voltaggio (AL), Italy, where this picture was taken at the end of 2020 when we spent a year there during the pandemic.
 
Our hearts are broken by seeing what is happening in Ukraine right now, and we can't stand without acting. There are already over 4.4 million refugees, mostly women and children, looking for help.
 
We can't do much, but we can do something: we would like to offer our place in Italy to some refugees, make their stay as comfortable as possible, and adjust their lives into a new country as smoothly as possible.
 
We believe that our home in Voltaggio could be a great place to host a family or two. It is ready to live in (bedsheets, comforters, towels, cutlery, table sets, cooking pans and toys for children), with three bedrooms and 2,5 bathrooms leveled on three floors, a lovely open space dining room with a complete and newly equipped kitchen, a TV/sunroom, a terrace and a garden. Voltaggio is a beautiful historical village near Genova, very small and safe, perfect for welcoming children and women who need and deserve peace. The house is in the center of the town with all the shops where to buy food and essentials. The community welcomes other refugees so that other Ukrainian people would be in the close area. There is a children's area in the park nearby the house and a natural swimming pool where the kids can play and swim during the summer. There are also preschool/kindergarten and elementary schools.
 
Why do we ask for financial help?
 
We can't afford to cover all the expenses, such as utilities, food, internet, transportation, medical insurance, clothes and any extra need because we are still paying for this property's mortgage. Still, we can open our home to any people in need for at least 1 year ($10,000 per family). 
 
Can we make this happen? We need your help to reach our goal.
(if we cannot reach the minimum of $10,000 we will donate the full amount to Save the Children: https://support.savethechildren.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5751&mfc_pref=T&5751.donation=form1)
 
THANK YOU!
Here are some pictures of 2020-2021 from our last visit:

Levi in the pool in Voltaggio
 
Lucia approaching a floating boat in the pool in Voltaggio
 
Our terrace during summertime
 
 
The kids and dad at the river in Voltaggio
 
The path to reach the playground in Voltaggio
 
Our terrace in winter
 
The hall of preschool that Lucia attended for a year in 2020-2021
 
The view from one bedroom at the top floor
 
Just outside our house in the village
 
Playing in the river bed in Voltaggio
 
 
Snuggles on the couch in the TV/sunroom
 
Toys everywhere (to share)!
 
One bedroom at the top floor
 
Climbing on a tree in the playground in Voltaggio
 
Our kitchen in the open space
 
Playing in our dining/living room
 
Having fun in the terrace
 
Enjoying homemade (in our fireplace) pizza with grandpa in our garden
 
Breakfast on our terrace with delicious local croissants
 
Voltaggio from the river in winter time

Hiking in the natural park near Voltaggio
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Donations 

  • Erin O'Reilly
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Clara Dahmer
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
  • Paola Parodi
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • bonnie burner
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Jordan Brock
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
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Sara Di Benedetto
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St Louis, MO

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