Evacuation Update: “Please Don’t Abandon Us” Personal Stories from Evacuees – We need your Help to Save Lives

This week Project Aid & Rescue (PAR) is evacuating another bus of 90 Ukrainian women, children and elderly that have been bombed and terrorized. They have been living in freezing temperatures and are innocent victims of war. And need your help….we need your donations….to fund the costs of these missions.

In December alone YOU funded 3 buses (costing about $3,600 each), YOU shipped thousands of dollars in medical supplies and humanitarian aid and YOU purchased dozens of generators for Ukrainians who have no power due to drone and missile strikes on their power infrastructure.

Your Donations are Saving Lives: https://aidandrescue.org/donate/

Project Aid & Rescue is a small charity that started in 2022 because of the war in Ukraine. All of the work that we are doing is because of donors like YOU.

YOU have been amazing and have helped us perform miracles. Some of the stories we can share publicly (such as those below) while others must remain confidential to protect our partners and the innocent.

Over the last 10 months:

YOU have rescued thousands of people;

YOU have shipped tons of medical supplies and food;

and YOU have purchased hundreds of generators.

To be Blunt, innocent people are suffering in unimaginable ways and we need your financial support to continue to help people. https://aidandrescue.org/donate/

STORIES FROM SURVIVORS

Meet Nadiya Budenna, 65, from Kut’kivka Village, Kupyan district, Kharkiv region.

Nadia Budenna, (Left) 65, Kutkivka village, Kupyan district, Kharkiv region. Mother, Grandmother and recent widow.

The story of this woman’s family for the past year is full of loss and sadness.

In the first days of the war, her daughter, son-in-law and grandson were living in Saltivka, a residential district in Kharkiv. Their home was completely destroyed by a Russian rocket. Miraculously, they were at friends that day and her family survived. But they lost everything and had no where to live and they left Kharkiv.

Nadia and her husband lived in the village of Kutkivka, and were under Russian occupation for 8 months. They endured constant searches and inspections by enemy soldiers.

One day, Nadia’s husband was very ill and needed urgent medical care at a hospital. They had to go only 12.4 miles (20 km) to the nearest town but there were 6 checkpoints. Each time they reached a checkpoint they had to undergo a humiliating inspection losing precious time. Her husband’s condition was getting worse, but the soldiers didn’t care nor did they do anything to help them.

Finally, they reached the hospital after hours of being delayed at checkpoints. Unfortunately Nadia’s husband died shortly after arriving to the hospital. A blood clot broke off and they didn’t have time to administer the blood thinning medication. Delays at those checkpoints proved fatal for him.

Nadia was left all alone, in September 2022, the territory and her Village was de-occupied. But the enemy retreated only 3.5 miles (6 km), and has been indiscriminately shelling and terrorizing the Village for months. There is no electricity or gas. Abandoned cattle roam the fields.

On the day when Nadiya was leaving the village for Kharkiv to take the train to Lviv, Russian shells destroyed the local school in the village.

Project Aid & Rescue has safely evacuated Nadia to Berlin, to join her other daughter and granddaughter, whose home in Kharkiv was also destroyed.

Meet Snizhana Stavratii and her infant son from Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Snizhana Stavratii (19) and her infant son from Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Snizhana is only 19, but she has already seen how Russian shells have destroyed her hometown. She was 7 months pregnant when the war started. Concerned for her life and the life of her unborn child, Snizhana had to flee to Ternopil. A short time later, she gave birth to a son. She moved there with her husband and mother. “My mother’s house on the outskirts of Mykolaiv was completely destroyed” she told us on the bus the Berlin.

On the day that her son turned 6 months old, at time that she and her husband should have been celebrating with family and friends, Snizhana boarded an evacuation bus to Germany sponsored by donors of Project Aid & Rescue.

With tears running down her checks barely able to speak she told us “I never thought that one day I would be forced to leave my husband, my home and my country. We were always together. We were building a family. We dreamed of celebrating our son’s first 6 months; doing his first photo session. As soon as there is peace in Ukraine, I will return. In the meantime I am grateful to Project Aid & Rescue and Katerina for rescuing us to safety”.

Oleksandr Malii, 65, from Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region

Oleksandr Malii, 65, from Kramatorsk in the Donetsk Region

War took away all that Oleksandr had; his home and his family. Oleksandr’s wife was killed by the Russian bombings. His children were taken to Russia and he just could not talk about them. His home, the house he lived in with his family, was bombed. He buried his wife and lived in the basement of his bombed out house for some time.

Several months later, a religious volunteer organization resettled him and other survivors from Kramatorsk to a temporary shelter. He was evacuated by train from Pokrovsk to Lviv, and from there, 9 days later, Oleksandr left Ukraine on Project Aid & Rescue’s evacuation bus to Germany.

These stories are heartbreaking and they demonstrate how important our work is. Please help us. Please donate to Project Aid & Rescue so that we can fund more buses and provide more humanitarian aid.

It’s easy to overlook what’s happening in Ukraine. It’s far away from here. We are going about our lives and live in relative safety and warmth; we aren’t hearing the air raid sirens and the explosions; we aren’t sitting in underground bomb shelters; we aren’t wearing 6 layers of clothing because the electricity and heat are only on a few hours a day….

BUT WE CAN DO THINGS TO HELP FROM THE COMFORT OF OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES.

WE CAN evacuate people like Nadia, Snizhana and Oleksandr. We CAN send antibiotics and medical supplies. WE CAN buy generators and WE CAN REFUSE to be complacent.

It’s been said that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.”

https://aidandrescue.org/donate/

Join us at Project Aid & Rescue with a donation to fight evil. We are 100% volunteer. The money you donate today will help people tomorrow.

If you would like to sponsor an entire bus or buy generators or sponsor a shipping container of medical supplies or food, please contact us at Donations@AidandRescue.org

Thank you.

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