Do you think you are not doing anything for our Victory if you are not on the frontlines right now? Remember, each of us is a warrior. Everyone is in their place and on their personal frontline. And everyone who wants to bring our victory closer has their own job to do!
There is HOPE!
The so-called “survivor’s guilt” is hurting every Ukrainian right now. “I always feel like I’m not doing enough.”Is this kind of anxiety and reproach familiar to you? You work and keep the economy “afloat,” but the thought that you can’t fully devote yourself to volunteering gnaws at you.
You save homeless animals, help displaced compatriots, and spread the truth about the war on the Internet, but you are consumed by the guilt of not being at the front? Do you volunteer, gathering everything needed for the soldiers, but you consider your work unimportant because you aren’t holding a weapon in your hands? Calm the inner critic who constantly compares you to others: we are all different, not only in our knowledge, skills, and experiences, but also in internal resources, and not everyone has to fight to contribute to our victory.
Who will be our home front if everyone goes to fight? We differ in our skills, abilities, and knowledge, and not everyone has to fight to contribute to our victory. For example, someone resists the occupiers with weapons in their hands. In contrast, someone else helps with evacuation or the delivery of humanitarian aid, weaving camouflage nets, sewing clothes and shoes for the military, housing the refugees, feeding the army, or maintaining information defenses. And still, someone else treats the sick and wounded, helps to search for missing people, and fights in the ranks of an IT army.
A farmer/writer/saleswoman/teacher, who does their job well here, in the rear, brings Ukraine, and therefore the Armed Forces, more benefit than they would, being at the front without the necessary military experience and skills. Even if you are not in Ukraine right now, your desire to escape from the war is quite normal, and you should not punish yourself with guilt. If you can help from abroad (with information, logistics, money, or any other way), you should do so. If you have enough resources to only take care of yourself and your family, that is your front right now, and it is just as crucial because doing so ensures our future.
Drive away despair and thoughts such as “Nothing depends on me; what can I change alone?.” Do not be passive – the Ukrainian word for “hope” already has “action” in it! Set yourself up for victory, find your place in the lineup, and act. Each of us must now identify at which “front” we can bring maximum benefit and find new meanings through our abilities and skills to make the most significant contributions to our common struggle.
My talent is my weapon
Creative and informational fronts, culinary and cyber fronts, educational and logistical fronts — they all have their heroes behind the lines. There are many such fronts and hundreds of thousands of heroes manning them. You can make anything your weapon, be it words or music, the ability to listen or to speak, teaching or learning; after all, every hryvnia you pay in taxes is your contribution to our Victory!
Everyone who does their best work for the common good of our country is serving in our army right now. So the army consists of 42 million Ukrainians! Indeed, first and foremost, we celebrate our heroic defenders at the front. Still, by writing code and baking bread, restoring electricity and communication, housing refugees, driving a trolley bus or a gasoline truck, taking care of children and healing people, cultivating the garden, or sewing clothes and uniforms, it is also our reliable home front with its seemingly simple and familiar but indispensable mundane work that keeps Ukraine on the winning side.
The butterfly effect, Ukrainian style, occurs when an old age pension for the parents of a soldier in the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Kyiv is paid from the taxes paid by an IT-guy from Dnipro, Ukraine; when Ternopil medics bring wounded soldiers back into service; bread baked in the Poltava region, Ukraine, goes to Chernihiv, Ukraine, which has suffered from the siege; and camouflage nets woven at Transcarpathia cover our equipment in the Kherson region, Ukraine. We are all closely connected, and we are all in the same boat now. Our course remains unchanged: to Victory!
I am a part of something bigger
There is no help too small in times of great trial. Every contribution and every front are essential. Everyone is in their place and doing what they can at the moment. The battles on all fronts in our country are like one giant mosaic panel, so think of yourself and everything you do as “I am part of something much bigger.” Yes, I am one tiny fragment in this panel, but this part of me is unique and vital, and we are creating something big together!
If you have already announced your internal mobilization and opened your own front, weigh your strength correctly: war is not a sprint but a marathon, and it is crucial to distribute the work accordingly, remain strong, and not run out of breath before the finish line.
Here is a slogan for your help: “I do what I can and do not punish myself for what I cannot do.” Choose your direction and feel validated in what you do best.
Even during a war, you need to do good! Implementing various charitable initiatives, the volunteers of Goodacity are convinced of this. For them, doing good includes helping the most vulnerable and impoverished and giving microgrants to those who want to help others.
With the start of full-scale hostilities, we have created a website https://ukraine.goodacity.org containing useful links to aid those Ukrainians who are fleeing the war abroad, and we invite everyone to join us at the information front!
All changes lie in our own hands! We are convinced that everyone who wants to change Ukraine for the better has something to do at their front! And having such an outstanding team, Ukraine has no option but to win!