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Race against the winter : November Mission on track

  The word YES can open and close so many doors and experiences. When Br John asked me to join him and Br Leopold on a trip to rebuild bombed houses in the Ukraine my immediate response was YES. So I sit here with the preparation for the trip being made with my mind racing with what my YES will bring. Last Sunday we had a video meeting with the organisation who we will be joining in the Ukraine. We saw the damage caused by the war and the people working there to repair the homes of those remaining. My YES began to feel very real. In the week we received a considerable donation that will enable us to travel to the Ukraine. This amazing news brought with it the realisation that we were able to really go. The news from the Ukraine this week has detailed how missile and drone strikes have targeted domestic power supplies resulting in power cuts and outages. As the weather turns colder and the days get darker this will undoubtedly bring greater hardship for those who remain.
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Br Leopold in July helping clean up destroyed houses

Now that the siege of the city had been entirely lifted, the main bridges repaired, and the frontline has stabilised at some 500 kilometers to the East, Chernihiv is busy healing the wounds and moving forward.  Second half of July, I teamed up with Bo mozhemo  or “Because we can”. It is a thriving association of local volunteers who are providing their know-how, energy and time to help poor families clean up the ruins of their homes and provide them with decent accommodation before winter comes. Every day they single out one or two sites and work patiently and tirelessly between 4 and 10 hours to sort the rubble, fix what is still fixable and plant the foundation of new homes.  You certainly breathe a lot of dust and ashes here but still more joy, dynamism and solidarity. And from the side of the affected families, who host the activities, it is sheer determination to start over again. Could this be the real victory, a visible sign of the Risen Christ acting in the world? In my Father&

A video from Br Leopold in the Chernihiv supply centre.

  Here a well-made short video from the supply centre in Chernihiv where br Leopold has been helping the distribution teams take vital aid to villages in the region. Many people there are homeless or living in houses which do not protect from rain and cold anymore. With infrastructures destroyed or damaged and employment completely disrupted, many many people (especially the most fragile) depend on these teams bringing them food and medicine. Please keep helping.

1 in 10 people in Chernihiv homeless and relying daily on this supply chain.

Hi everyone, a message here below from our friend Elena (coordinating the chain of goods to Chernihiv). Together we (you, friends and friends-of-friends with the brothers in Utrecht) are continuing to support Chernihiv's people. One fact that Elena mentions - 10% of Chernihiv's citizens are now homeless and relying on this supply chain's support. Please read. Your help is going quicker than ever before to these people in need. Dear friends, In Chernihiv 101 high-rise buildings were destroyed (it has a direct hit), that is 9,652 apartments. Another 551 houses were damaged by shell explosions nearby, the total number of apartments - 37 649, official statement of the local authorities. It means every 10-th citizen of Chernihiv don’t have place to live. I know some people are still in the city basements as they don’t have home any more. All area is in mins after Russian occupation. How long will it take to clean it up? During the fighting Russian troops destroyed in purpose a m

Some of the faces receiving the aid. Please keep it coming.

We were sent these photos by the people distributing the aid at the other end of the chain your donations are helping fund. From the food and medicine being transported to the trucks and vans driving it to where it's needed, every donation is helping. Please keep it up.  

Over €10.000 in 2.5 weeks! And it's already become food, water, medicine and diesel for the most needy.

Hi everyone, I had Covid recently so I wasn't posting so much here. But every day your donations are coming in and we've passed the €10.000 mark int he space of 2.5 weeks! This money has already been channelled into food, water, medical supplies and diesel. As Chernihiv and it's surrounding villages were liberated during the past week the horrors and hardships of the Russian occupation were laid bare. The survivors emerged after 4 weeks of hiding from danger day and night. At this point it became urgent to get the aid supplies quickly round to the villages, towns and farms where people had been cut off. In the past few days we've been alble to help fund the diesel costs of small teams of volunteers driving (especially medical) supplies around the area. Br Leopold is with these teams right now. Please keep supporting the people of Chernihiv as they begin the painful road of recovery.

News from Eline, Chernihiv. Medicine in short supply.

Dear friends, Only around 90.000 people from 280.000 before the war stay in Chernihiv. All other had to leave their houses and move during bombing and shooting. Some areas are completely destroyed. Without electricity and water people cook on the fire in the backyards. Business doesn’t work and city doesn’t receive taxes money, says mayor Владислав Атрошенко . Chernihiv needs help. The war is not over and with such a neighbor you never know what can happen any minute. A big volunteer network works in the city. They help people with food and goods. But huge problem is medicine. First of all special ones. Thanks to hard work of our volunteer Татьяна Николенко insulin was delivered to the city. Enterprise Sanofi Aventis has provided 196 packages of insulin, each consisting of 3 doses, for the Chernihiv regional hospital. Most sincere gratitude goes to Oleksandr Nosonovych who has made this life-saving delivery possible! Transportation of insulin demands proper conditions. Thank you to Та