“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness,” Confucius said. These words give the best description of the whole meaning of our Goodacity space team’s work. This work is igniting a spark of light, kindness and mutual help every day!
Vision and mood
Home is not just walls. It is a space densely filled with our lives, it is warmth and memories, it is a place of love and care, it is a connection with the past and dreams of a happy future…
Due to the Russian aggression, thousands of Ukrainians lost their homes; in some place an unfinished cup of coffee was left on the table, and in others only a pile of debris remained instead of a building. What can we do with “My home is my fortress” when war destroys homes and destroys lives? Ruined houses are like wounds on the body of the country… However, we will heal all our wounds and rebuild our home-country! Because in fact, our Home is the people who give us a sense of home! Those people who come to help in a difficult moment, those people who love and care — they are our Home. They are our fortress.
Step 1. When life is in ruins
“Here is the whole life of me and my son; it is destroyed, tattered, we don’t know how to put it back together.…” Ms. Antonina cannot hold back her tears, showing her ruined apartment in Chernihiv where she has been living with her disabled son.
Their life was not easy. Her son is seriously ill, he has a disability, has hardly been able to walk on his own for eight years, and needs constant care and attention. And this spring, in the most terrible month of their lives, when Chernihiv was brutally shelled, their home was ruined”.
“At first, I didn’t even think about the fact that we were left without a roof over our heads,” Ms. Antonina recalls with tears in her eyes. “At first, there was a shock: I realized that my son and I were lucky to stay alive… An airplane dropped six bombs on our house on Chornovola Street. My son was in the basement at that time, I went up to the apartment to get him something to eat, and as soon as I went downstairs, there was a terrible explosion… We survived by miracle; I don’t remember how I carried my 60-kilogram son on my shoulders at that time. And when the shock passed, the question came: what should we do now, how should we go on?”.
Step 2. The key to Victory is humanness!
“After the horror experienced, humanness touches the most.” The woman is grateful to the Goodacity volunteers for their help. “My son and I were sheltered in the dormitory of the Chernihiv Pedagogical University, the volunteers did not leave us alone with our trouble, they started asking how they could help us… The war tests our humanity, and the Ukrainians proved to be real Humans! Humanness is the key to our Victory!”.
“Those who lost their homes, who were left without native walls, need to feel the ground beneath their feet again. To feel that there are people who care about their problems… I want to thank the Goodacity space for helping with food, necessary things, and vital medicines, and especially to their volunteer Oksana for her caring and sensitive heart! People who until recently were strangers become your relatives and friends, and a common world is reborn from their humanness”.
Time to sum it up
Home is a small world that we create around ourselves. The world we live in is not just cities and houses, it is the space between all of us, created by our attitude towards other people, our mutual help and support, by a small light of our goodness that dispels the darkness around…
You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!
Doing good is very simple!
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