Depaul International is receiving funding from the Disaster and Emergency Committee’s (DEC) very successful Ukraine appeal. The DEC has produced a short video documenting the work of our amazing volunteer cyclists. Our volunteers used to deliver food for companies like Uber, now they deliver food aid to people’s homes. Many of the people they help are elderly or have disabilities, and are very vulnerable. The video gives an insight into daily life in war-torn Ukraine, and what drives Depaul Ukraine’s staff and volunteers to do their incredible work.
Ukraine, Kharkiv – East of the country – “Oasis of Peace” – Education and Health
“My dream is that there are no more misunderstandings or wars between countries; that politicians discuss things, rather than send out soldiers; that there are no more bombs; that
Ukraine becomes a peaceful country”. Words of one of the children at the Oasis of Peace centre.
In Kharkiv, the AIC volunteers have set up an extra-curricular activity programme with a health component for disadvantaged children aged 4-18. In a protected space, these children can benefit from school catch-up classes and/or psychological support, according to their needs. They also receive a hot meal and participate in activities and games. During the summer they go on a holiday camp by sea. They are also educated about citizenship and values. The objective of the project is to develop the abilities of children from families in difficult situations so that they become active members of tomorrow’s society.
Daughters of Charity serving in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine began in earnest in 2014 with a fratricidal struggle for the Donbass region. The situation in the country has been very difficult in recent years – war, industrial decline, and the economic situation have led to unemployment, poverty, and crime. The Daughters of Charity have been present in Ukraine since 2019 in Smotrych – to help the elderly, sick, and disabled in the House of Mercy and in the villages. In 2020, Sisters began ministry in Mariupol, caring for the poor and sick in the war zone, and volunteered at the hospital in Mariupol.