Since the war in Ukraine started 3.5 million refugees have been forced to flee their homes and seek safety in the western part of their country or abroad.
This effort of IBS Friends for Ukraine, in partnership with Keep a Child Alive foundation, has been set in motion to aid as many families as possible in the pursuit to find them a safe place to live.
All donations received so far have been carefully destined to worthy causes: we make sure the refugees are what they claim to be, we check the rental contracts or financing needs are real, we get in touch with landlords, real estate agents, relatives, providers.
We are the first supporters of our initiative, both hands on and financially, but we have so far deployed all funds collected: please help us provide more families with lifesaving necessities, both in and out of Ukraine.
100% of your donation to KCA goes directly to helping these unseen victims of war.
What will war mean for us today? Fear, uncertainty, panic, pain, hatred, pride in being Ukrainian and for one’s country, great gratitude to the Armed Forces.
In the first days of the war there was fear and total uncertainty … In the first days of the war, only feelings of fear prevailed over all emotions. Feelings of complete uncertainty for the next day: if there will be bombs, if there will be sirens, if there will be tomorrow.
The siren roars at 2 am, and you wake up from this howl and feel the beating of your heart and the coldness of your body. You can clearly feel each of your tense muscles and brain fog, which works as if in slow motion. You don’t let go of your phone and browse all possible news feeds, scroll in panic that you might miss something. You panic for your fathers and brothers, that they might have to go to the hotspots of the hostilities.
You go crazy looking for bulletproof vests, helmets and weapons. You begin to understand the specifics of all military ammunition. At night, you learn how to use a gun.
After you recover from the amazement you start thinking that at least you can try to be useful. You ask yourself questions: what can I do, what can I do? In desperation you try to jump in somewhere and do something – send funds to purchase caps, uniforms, and other necessities; buy tickets and transfer the family of an unknown fighter across the country; give your phone to a friend who is already on the front line; set up a warehouse with the help of the soldiers, where vegetables from a farm can be delivered.
And all the time you are actively thinking about how to continue living.
On my parents’ farm, we have decided to start sowing seeds as planned, accumulated all the resources and started to do all the work. And this has brought great certainty and support into everyday life, it gives motivation and strength.