Ukraine is our mother, it is irreplaceable and much needed, like the air in the chest of every Ukrainian… I am also a mother, first and foremost… A mother who loves, takes care, and protects both her children and everyone around, because this is the nature of a mother’s heart—to love and to care…
Vision and mood
This is Ms. Nina. She had a home and a big, happy family until February 24 came. Today the house built by four generations of the family is destroyed by a Russian rocket, her wounded daughter spends all her time in the hospital, and the rest of her family are separated from them by the war…
Ms. Nina’s son and son-in-law are currently fighting at the front, the godmother of her 12-year-old grandson Danylko as well… “They are fighting for us there, and I am holding my front here,” the woman says. “I have to take care of my daughter, who was seriously wounded during the Russian shelling, take care of my little grandson, who grew up untimely, because the lessons of war are so cruel…”.
Step 1. The spring that changed everything
The beginning of spring is usually associated with awakening and renewal, but many people will remember March of the year 2022 by the loss of everything…
“There is nothing left,” Ms. Nina says. “The house in Novoselivka in Chernihiv region, which we were nesting for so long and invested so much soul and work in, was destroyed… We were shelled terribly from February 24 until the end of March, the occupiers were bombarding the village with Grads, more than half of the households were destroyed. Wherever you look, you see ruins…”.
“Of all our animals only one cow survived; I saved her under fire, risking my life, got back just to get her, because how could I leave her?! I saved not only her, but also somebody else’s cow, took her with me. They are alive, they feel both pain and fear, and we, people, must help whomever we can…”.
Step 2. Humanness is helping despite everything
“When our house was destroyed by several shells at once, we hid with our neighbors, but the shelling reached there as well,” the woman talks about her experience. “We were shell-shocked in the explosion, and Lyuda, my daughter, was badly injured by shrapnel. The doctors are fighting to save her leg now. Her treatment takes all our strength and finances, and how can we get more? Good people give me and my grandson shelter in the village of Ulyanivka; though this family has many children and enough of their own troubles, they also support us and help us a lot.
“Our Danylko is a small, fragile boy, and rides his bicycle to visit his mom in the hospital, 15 kilometers one way. He was selling milk from our cow in the city, wrote on a piece of paper:
“Our Danylko is a small, fragile boy, and rides his bicycle to visit his mom in the hospital, 15 kilometers one way. He was selling milk from our cow in the city, wrote on a piece of paper: ”Buy some milk please, my mom is wounded, and we need money to treat her.” This just brings tears to my eyes… My daughter’s classmate gathers funds for her treatment, because today it is foremost important to save her health, and we still have a long and difficult road ahead. And when our fellow villagers, who had nothing as their houses were destroyed as well, were coming to us with some funds they could spare for Lyuda’s treatment, it was incredibly moving!”.
“We thank all the dedicated volunteers and benefactors who support us in this time of need! The help from the Goodacity — a microwave oven, an electric kettle and bed linen — is exactly what made it possible to arrange a life that we built practically from scratch. All kinds of help today are more than just things or money, it is hope… Hope that the people still have a lot of good and light within despite all the horror and pain around”.
Time to sum it up
Our humanness sets us apart, saves us… Our solidarity and team spirit, our unity by love within the country — all this love and goodness shine brightly and become a guidepost for others!
You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!
Doing good is very simple!
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