Orphaned children, wounded soldiers and war refugees are the result of war in Eastern Ukraine. Let's open our hearts to those in need!
The Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA) was established in 1925 to unite women of Ukrainian descent, promote knowledge of Ukrainian culture, provide financial assistance to Ukrainians within and outside of United States, and to work with various international organizations for charitable and educational purposes. Branch 120 of UNWLA is a local branch in Rochester, NY and we are proud to be part of this great organization!
Ukraine is in the time of need. The fighting against Russia-backed rebels in the Eastern Ukraine has been dragging for the past year and a half. Regardless of the cause, political perspective and views, one has to realize that this war has a tremendous impact on everyday life of Ukraine’s citizens.
As the fighting goes on, it produces masses of wounded soldiers – without limps; with burns and wounds that need expensive surgeries, requiring medical supplies and equipment that is not readily available in Ukraine; with acute needs for psychological rehabilitation.
As the men die in war, their children and widows are left to live life without support of their fathers and husbands. There vast numbers of orphaned children who will never hold their father’s hand again, who will never hear a fairy tale from their dad before going to sleep, who don’t understand why their mom cries every night as she can’t find a job and doesn’t know where to get money to feed her children.
There are over 1 million people who are internally displaced, who were forced to run away from their home cities demolished by the war, who don’t have a roof over their heads, a job to earn a living, or bare life necessities. There are those, who still live in Eastern Ukraine in basements without light, sleeping on the floor with a dirty mattress, whose children play with bullet shells as their childhood was stolen from them.
UNWLA Branch 120 has been working with the Greater Rochester Ukrainian Community to help Ukraine in this acute time of need. Collectively, we have purchased a few used ambulances to transport wounded soldiers, funded numerous surgeries and covered the cost of prosthetic limbs; we work closely with InterVol and some medical suppliers to obtain bandages, CELOX first aid traumatic wound treatments, antibiotics, First Aid kits and other medical supplies for Ukraine; funded various children’s programs for the war orphans; helped funding shelters for internal refugees; sent containers of food and clothing to help shelters. The list goes on and our efforts are strong!
We plea for your help! All proceeds will go to Ukraine and all your donations are tax-deductible. We count on your support -please open your hearts to this noble cause!