Goodacity – Dare to be Good

“There is no other people’s trouble” — today this saying is relevant more than ever. Empathy, sensitivity and kindness, unity in wish to help others are now at their utmost. To help the most vulnerable and the most defenseless means to give them a feeling of support and care, to make the lives of those people who need our care warm and light. Because there is no other people’s trouble. And we will never leave others to face the calamity alone.

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Vision and mood

It was a shock for Oleksandra Mykhailovna from Chernihiv to see the war she had experienced as a child breaking into her life again so brutally. The woman admits that she managed to survive the siege of Chernihiv this spring thanks to the care and selfless help of people around. And those people who seemed to be strangers but came to help and shared the necessary food, medicine, and above all, their care.

Sometimes a person needs very little to believe in good again: a bit of human warmth that will light the fire of kindness and care…

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Step 1. One life, two wars

“One life, two wars,” Oleksandra Mykhailivna sighs. “So many trials have befallen me. I was born 12 days before the Second World War started. I was still little when the Germans burned down our house in the Ripkinsky district of Chernihiv region, and my mother fled the war with me, still a baby, and my older brother. Could I ever imagine that at the end of my life I would see another war and my home would be destroyed again, this time by the Russian invaders?”.

“People told me more than once that what I had experienced would be enough for several lifetimes. 

I was disabled since childhood, I survived two car accidents and six complex surgeries. My hands are very damaged, every year all the household chores are getting more and more difficult for me, but I hold on. I am a librarian by profession. I studied in Nizhyn cultural education college, then I moved to Chernihiv, and had been working as a cashier there for three decades”.

“I have seen a lot at my age… And do you know what I am happy about, despite everything? That I see true human kindness after all the trials!”.

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Step 2. A little light of warmth

On March 26, a Russian missile hit the house on the outskirts of Chernihiv where Ms. Oleksandra lived. “It was at night, I was sleeping when I first heard sirens, and then a terrible whistle and an explosion, so strong that the ground shook under my feet… A fire started, in a matter of minutes everything was on fire and in smoke. Luckily, the neighbors remembered about me, came running and helped me out of the house quickly, saving my life… The apartment next door burned down completely. I spent a couple of months in the hospital and came to Snovyanka in June. My nephews sheltered me in the apartment of my late brother Anatoliy; he once worked here at the factory and got that apartment from the state. The living conditions here are very simple, but it’s good to have a roof over your head. When the season of rains started, the cold began to bother me, so I am very grateful to Goodacity for the heater! It made both the apartment and my soul warmer!”.

“I am also grateful to the Goodacity volunteer Oksana for her care and concern, for her big and kind heart.” Ms. Oleksandra does not hold back her emotions. “I will not forget her kindness! Though I am “new” here, in Snovyanka, all the locals have already recognized me as one of their own. Every day I have at least a little chat with someone, because everyone is working, everyone is in a hurry… But some neighbors bring me cucumbers from their garden, others spare some potatoes, so I live knowing that there are many good people around me and their kindness is really warming!”

“I have been living as if in a fog, unconscious with grief, but now I am slowly coming back to life,” the woman says. “I’m glad that my relatives are alive, that our wounded hometown is slowly getting alive. It’s true, I miss my apartment; though the conditions there are more than modest, it is my own place, and I really want to return there. But I believe that it will happen one day!” Oleksandra Mykhailivna also dreams of the most important thing. “I am waiting for the victory of Ukraine,” she says.

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Time to sum it up

Care, attention, and a bit of your soul — this is what you need for a little light of love and kindness that is enough to illuminate and warm the lives of those who need help! Maybe you can warm someone up too? The goodness has no limits, it is available to everyone without exception.

Doing good is very simple!

You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!

Doing good is very simple!

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