Larisa from Ukraine to come to Canada.

Urgent PLEA To Bring A Ukrainian to Canada due to devastating war.

I am trying very hard to raise money to bring a Ukrainian person, whom I know well, to Canada as she has lost everything in the war in Ukraine. Loss of income, husband, home, possessions and family. She is destitute and barely surviving. I really need your help to help her get here and begin a new life in Canada and Need your one-time donation, please.

I am Noel Crawford of 4000 Malton Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia. I am urgently raising money for a critical need and therefore ask for your immediate assistance. My friend, Larisa (50 years of age), from Ukraine, is in a very desperate situation and needs help. She is destitute due to this war. Her city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, has been extensively shelled and bombed throughout this war with Russia leaving her with no home, no possessions, and now a deceased husband. Nothing has been spared. As the shelling and bombing worsened, she and her husband, Bill, left for Poland, where they sought refuge with a small suitcase each as their city came under intense bombardment and their apartment was destroyed. A month after their arrival in Warsaw, Poland, Bill became ill and unexpectedly died suddenly in a Warsaw hospital. Larisa was devastated as they were the perfect couple and true soul mates. Larisa has had to move as a refugee to a very unsatisfactory temporary communal living environment sharing with families to survive. She has one bedroom and shares a bathroom and kitchen with families. Now she is located approximately 400 KMS from Warsaw in a location outside of Gdansk, Poland. She has only $500 and has lost her entire income stream directly due to the war and Bill’s passing. Therefore, I am trying to help her get to safety and life in Canada. Larisa applied for a Canadian Visa and a working VISA in April as a "Displaced Person" but has no funds for airfare, relocation costs, food, clothing, and everything else! She is still in Poland while awaiting the Visas and her departure to Canada. I have secured two years of guaranteed temporary living arrangements with friends in Campbell River with suitable employment and support potential. My Member of Parliament has been contacted and greatly assisted with suggestions and ideas. We are asking for donations to help Larisa in her time of dire need. Any assistance is sincerely and urgently appreciated. Imagine ourselves in the same situation!

A little history of my knowing Larisa and her deceased husband, Bill.

I travelled to Ukraine for broken periods of 22 months over four years. While in Ukraine, I met Bill and Larisa and worked with them in Mykolaiv in their tiny, superb English Language School they had to close in 2018. I knew them very well. Each trip to Ukraine brought me to Mykolaiv and seeing them daily between my extensive travelling within Ukraine. Since my last trip to Ukraine, we have regularly communicated and followed their lives. They have been close friends. Sadly, with the loss of Bill and the war, Larisa has lost her entire income stream, and it is now a very dire situation while sharing a single bathroom and communal kitchen with families.

We would help Larisa ourselves financially without asking for donations for her. However, we have been financially helping to support my wife’s sister and bedridden mother in Ukraine for the past ten years and are financially stretched to the limit.

Therefore, I am asking you to please donate a one-time donation to this very worthy cause.


Noel Crawford 
Victoria, BC

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