BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
Why we need your help
There's never been a more important time for what International Teams and Ruka Dopomogy does in Ukraine. Because of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine young people are searching for hope for their future. In recent months the Ukrainian currency (Hryvnia) has plummeted against the US Dollar (from 8:1 to more than 30:1 at one point) yet income has not increased at all! As a result, summer camp, especially for vulnerable children such as those displaced by the war in the east, is a financial impossibility!
What We Need
$29.50 USD will sponsor a child or teenager for one week of summer camp. Last year camp cost 200 Hryvnia (about $25 USD) per week. Not expensive, right? Today, that same $25.00 USD = about 600 UAH, and remember, Ukrainian wages have NOT increased. The kids and families we work with, especially displaced children and their families cannot afford a 200% increase. For the amount of money your teenager will spend on snacks and fast food on the way to camp, you can sponsor a Ukrainian Child or Teenager for a week of camp.
Our camp is small but awesome (check out the pictures from last summer). Our capacity is only about 60 kids per week and because of time limitations at our venue we can only host 3 camps. Expenses are low because facilities are shockingly sparse and Staff pay their own way. There are no salaries! 100% of your gift (minus necessary fees with Crowdrise) will sponsor kids at camp this July.
Our goal of $5310 will fully fund all three camps at maximum capacity. If we raise more than that then International Teams and Ruka Dopomogy will help fund additional ministries with refugee and at-risk children.
How Your Gift Will Impact Kids in Ukraine this July
Many of the kids we minister with are facing an uncertain future. Many of them have fled their homes in war torn eastern Ukraine and may not ever return. They are stressed and their parents are stressed. You contribution will give them a week of respite in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. They'll sleep in tents, they'll hike the mountains, swim the river, and sing around campfires. They'll practice English, they'll play games and participate in competitions. They'll hear the Gospel every day and they'll be loved and cared for by veteran youth workers from among the churches Ruka Dopomogy has trained.
More About Ruka Dopomogy and our Team
Igor Minenko is President of Ruka Dopomogy, a 17 year old Ukrainian Charity Fund (non-profit) that is a part of International Teams- a 50 year old mission sending agency based in Elgin, Illinois that does great work "bringing people together to help the oppressed." RD has trained hundreds of youth workers in churches all over Ukraine how to build Jesus Focused Youth Ministries. Before leading RD, he was the youth pastor at one of the largest youth ministries in Kiev. Under his leadership Ruka Dopomogy has sponsored Summer Youth & Children Camps in western Ukraine since 2010. He also serves as the Director of Youth Alpha Course in Ukraine.
Our camps are staffed with full-time workers from International Teams and Ruka Dopomogy Staff along with volunteers from local and participating churches. This summer a team of "World Racers" from Canada and the US will serve with us.
Other Ways You Can Help
- Spread the word for us through email and all forms of social media.
- Pray for us.
- You can donate through Indiegogo to our US parent organization, International Teams. You can also give via Paypal directly to Igor Minenko's account (http://www.paypal.com to "email@example.com").