Ukrainian Families Without Homes

Campaign Created by: Valentyna Kessova

The funds from this campaign will be received by Valentyna Kessova .

Goal : USD $30,000
Raised : USD $11,145

My name is Valentyna and I am from Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. While I had an opportunity to move to America at age 16, my family didn’t. My parents own a small business, they make artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, etc back in Ukraine. My brother works as an Airline pilot for Ukrainian airlines. He is married and has two kids, ages 5 and 9. It’s been nothing but heartbreaking to see them go through hell since Russia invaded. My uncle is currently defending in Lugask area, my dad and bother are in territorial defense forces in Western Ukraine. My mom chose to stay in Ukraine in order not to leave her father, son and husband behind.  Lots of people are fleeing to the town where my parents live, since it’s not under heavy fire like Eastern Ukraine. My parents have two families with kids staying in their 1-bedroom apartment and there are lots of situations like this.                   

My childhood friend Andriy is hosting over 50 people at his small property about 70 Miles away from Khmelnytskyi. It used to be a camp site and he turned it into refugee camp so he can help people. Some come and go but most stay. A lot of them come with very little money or nothing at all. While my family is not in need immediate financial help, many others are. We are also helping friends and families that are left without homes and means to support themselves. The situation in Ukraine may not resolve anytime soon and we expect it to get worse before it gets betterThe Russian invasion has done a grave damage to my county and it’s people. The road to recovery will be long and painful. While I am thankful that my sister-in-law and kids are able to stay with us, I know so many people that went from doing great in life to being homeless and need help. We are amazed at how caring people are, from friends to business clients and neighbors. We’ve been blown away by the number of calls, text messages, all your kind words and help for people of Ukraine. We appreciate you all from the bottom of our hearts.


UPDATES

Update
March 23, 2022
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I would like to thank everyone for your generous donations and kind hearts. Your support mean a world to me. I would like to give you an update so you can see how your donations are supporting people who need it the most now. You made a difference. We were able to raise nearly $11000! Majority of the funds will be transferred to Andriy Shcherbitsky at Refugee Camp Atlantida, since they have over 50 people they provide shelter for. $1000 to my cousin Natalia In Khmelnytskyi, who is also hosting two families and helping feed civilian volunteer defenders of their town. $1500 went to a local church in Ivano-Frankivsk, who is hosting around 40 refugees. With your generous donations we were also able to help a friend who’s parents house was destroyed by downed aircraft. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! THANK YOU for your prayers, support and donations!

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