Kids in Ukraine
Organized by: Charles Moore
My name is Svetlana Astakhova. I am the 27 year old daughter of Dr. Alexander Astakhova, formerly for twenty years in charge of the health care of Crimean children, and the CEO of the only major children’s hospital in Simferopol, Crimea. Following the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, my Father was summarily dismissed, and replaced by a Russian “apparatchik.” Although my parents remain in Crimea in spite of the difficult circumstances, I chose to flee my home, not wishing to live under the Russian dominion. Having qualified as a lawyer at my Crimean university in 2010, I am passionately committed to furthering the work my father began assisting children, particularly medically impaired orphans. This is no longer possible in Crimea since the Russian take-over. My goal, now, is to see my father’s work carried on elsewhere in Ukraine, where the needs of so many children are so great. In order to facilitate my aspirations I have learned English, passed the required TEOFL exam in English fluency, and have been accepted to a year-long program for foreign lawyers at the Florida State University School of Law. I have raised half the money to cover my tuition fee, but need a further $16,000. By having this added degree (L.L.M.) from Florida State University I will be able to interpret and negotiate between the subtle requirements of both Ukrainian and U.S. law as it pertains to helping Ukrainian children in need, particularly our orphans. I like to hope that by assisting me you will also be extending a hand of friendship to my own country struggling towards Democracy, and to those of us in a younger generation who are committed to its success in the face of many challenges. I might add that you can see something of the work of my Father, which I so wish to continue in collaboration with the U.S. based "Foundation for Children/Medassist," at their Website www.ffcmedassist.com. It is a charitable organization under whose sponsorship I am being granted this opportunity to study in the U.S., and is recognized as such by the U.S. government. Your gift is accordingly fully tax deductible under I.R.S. authorization.