As the war for control of Ukraine rages on, the people there need as much help as they did in the first days of the invasion. Many of them are living in cramped conditions with relatives or in shelters. Attacks on infrastructure have caused power outages and supply chain issues, leading to a lack of resources and basic necessities in many locations.
In certain areas of Ukraine, attacks are ramping up, and more and more homes and buildings are being destroyed in the process. However, there are also areas that have been liberated from Russian control in the last few months.
Gostomel, which is 20 miles from Kyiv and home to 30,000 residents, is one of those cases. It was 80% occupied from the very first days of the war, but it was liberated by the Ukrainian army on April 2, 2023. Since then, more than 10,000 people have returned home.
Greater Good Charities (GGC), GreaterGood’s non-profit partner, has been on the ground in Ukraine for several weeks, and they recently visited Gostomel. There, they handed out pet food, pizza, and other goodies to the people.
GGC also visited Stoyanka village in Ukraine to do another pizza party and hand out food and supplies to the residents. Our on-the-ground liaison reports that there were many happy people and happy children there, grateful to be receiving a hot meal in times when there are food and energy scarcities.
As the war in Ukraine persists, millions of people are still displaced. Countless families have been forced to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs, seeking refuge in overcrowded shelters or with host families, as reported by CNN.
Conditions for these displaced families remain dire, lacking basic necessities such as food, medicine, and warm clothing, according to the United Nations. The shelters they reside in are often overcrowded and lack adequate heating, which can be particularly challenging during the colder months.
The impact on children has been particularly devastating. Many have had to leave their schools and communities behind, disrupting their education, socialization, and mental health. Anxiety, depression, and other psychological trauma are common among these children, as reported by the UN.
Greater Good Charities has a team on the ground providing urgent relief, and we are in contact with humanitarian and animal welfare partners on the ground responding to the immediate needs of the people and pets of Ukraine. We’re providing funding and supplies to help distribute nourishing meals at border crossings for refugees fleeing Ukraine and at shelters and camps for those who remain in the country.
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