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Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Kateryna has gathered a team of women activists in Dnipro who bake delicious snacks and hand them over to the defenders. (An enemy shell hit Kateryna’s own home in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast).
The initiative was named “Baking Troops”. Currently, volunteers bake pies, gingerbread, cookies, and poppy seed rolls. They even make pancakes and pizzas for the military. Recently, they handed over their baked goods to feed the rescuers during the search and rescue operation in Dnipro. (On January 14, during a massive rocket attack, the russians hit a high-rise building in Dnipro. 46 people died, 81 were injured).
The primary task of “Dobrobat” is to quickly restore damaged buildings by covering the destroyed roof, repairing broken windows, and reinforcing damaged walls. “Dobrobat” volunteers are rebuilding residential blocks and detached houses, schools, outpatient clinics and infrastructure facilities.
Branches of the volunteer movement are located in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. And more than 40,000 people applied to join the ranks of “Dobrobat” including the residents of those areas where “Dobrobat” helps with reconstruction, and people from other regions, in particular, from currently occupied territories. Some foreigners joined the volunteer initiative as well.
For reference: Since the beginning of April, “Dobrobat” members have helped over 1,650 families whose homes were damaged. In particular, roofs were restored in more than 160 houses, windows were repaired in 95. More than 50 social infrastructure objects were rebuilt. In addition, they helped to clear the rubble of destroyed housing and clean the territory of infrastructure facilities.
Zatyshok (a cozy place) anti-crisis transit hub for vulnerable categories of internally displaced persons from Donetsk region (persons with disabilities, orphans, the elderly, large families, single parents, families of military personnel, women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence) works in Dnipro.
The hub, among other things, provides free accommodation and meals for a period of 1 to 10 calendar days. And if necessary, they help with further evacuation, both within Ukraine and abroad (the length of stay is determined by the complexity of the specific situation of each person/family).
Founded by Yuliia “Taira” Paievska, the Mriia Charitable Foundation invites to the public start of its activities, which will take place on February 2 in Kyiv. The team of the Foundation will be happy to meet and communicate with the media in person. The event will be held in a concert form.
The Mriia Foundation helps families of the prisoners of war and civilian prisoners, provides financial, legal and psychological support. Recently, the Foundation team has visited 200 families of prisoners with Christmas gifts and hugged every child waiting for their father from a russian prison.
For reference: Yuliia “Taira” Paievska is a Ukrainian military, paramedic and volunteer, the commander of the “Taira’s Angels” unit. Since 2014, as a paramedic, she took part in the Revolution of Dignity and the war in the east of Ukraine. On March 16, 2022, during the siege of Mariupol city, she was captured by russians and released on June 17, 2022.
A lion has recently been evacuated to the Wild Animal Rescue Center in the Kyiv region from the Sumy region — the animal was in territory shelled by russians. Also, a lemur from Kherson city lives in the Center. He survived the occupation and a russian missile hit on the petting zoo where he was cared for. Now they and many other wild animals are recovering, the Center takes care of and treats them.
In general, since the beginning of full-scale invasion of the russian federation in Ukraine, the Wild Animal Rescue Center has hosted more than 600 animals of various species (lions, bears, tigers, wolves, leopards, wild birds, raccoons, etc.). The volunteers evacuated animals, in particular, from front-line zones and other dangerous territories.
Iryna Salikhova is a volunteer from Kherson city, who was recently awarded the Golden Heart award by the President of Ukraine. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, she and her husband helped deliver vital medicines to hospitals for the wounded people. Subsequently, she gathered a whole team of volunteers (the initiative entitled “Kotyky-Patriotyky” (patriot catsie)), who coordinated and delivered food packages and medicines to those in need in different districts of the city, as well as in the region (there were no medical supplies in pharmacies during the period of occupation). People from other cities of Ukraine and from different countries helped with donations. In addition, the woman managed to attract grants from a humanitarian organization. Among other things, together with her husband, Iryna had to survive inquisitions, hide from the invaders and leave her hometown in late April.
On January 20, first aid training will take place at 12 stations of the capital’s metro. Experienced specialists and instructors of the Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine will teach the skills of first aid (initial assessment of the victim’s condition, assistance with massive bleeding, thermal burns). The training will last from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, everyone is welcome to participate.
On January 28, BUR (Building Ukraine Together) volunteers will start working in Hostomel. Together with Gurtum charitable organization, they will restore the school where 55 children once studied. The school’s main entrance and roof were almost completely destroyed after russian shelling. The walls and ceiling are damaged by debris. Everyone is welcome to join the volunteers.
For reference: Building Ukraine Together is an NGO that creates opportunities for young people to create changes in the country through volunteering.
The mission of the Ucare.me project is to restore the mental health of Ukrainians. People can get free help from qualified specialists online via the project’s website. Since the project started working, its specialists have already helped about 1,000 Ukrainians. More than 80% of those who use services of Ucare.me are women, a quarter are internally displaced persons.
The “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization launched the project entitled “Psychological Support for Women in War”, within the framework of which it brought together a team of qualified psychologists to provide defenders at the front line with individual consultations.
Consultations take place online from any trench or position. Each military who applies for help is given 8–10 sessions with a psychologist. In order to contact a specialist, the defender only needs to write a message in Telegram and be sure that her mental health is in safe hands.
For reference: Since March 2022, “Countrywomen” Non-Profit Organization has been supporting the female defenders at the front line with the necessary ammunition, uniforms, shoes and boxes with “women’s humanitarian aid”.