In an email
received on August 7, 2022, Oksana Tjupa, Charter President of the Rotary Club
of Kyiv International, writes:
Ukraine is in a very critical situation, with over 800,000 internally displaced
people who have lost their homes due to the war (mostly women and children)
sleeping on the ground. In Irpin, for example, there is only one shelter for
520 people for 7,000 affected people. Lacking space and money, people are
forced to return home - under rocket and shell fire!
new emergency shelter, we are saving people's lives! Thanks to Rotary and
Disaster Grants, we have already provided 8 emergency shelters for 3250 people.
Grant can help 120 people find new homes!"
To provide and
set up the emergency shelters, RC Kyiv International works directly with the
city governments, which is why the shelters can be provided free of charge and
only the furnishings need to be financed.
In her message,
Tjupa emphasized that "together, we can help many more people with the
Disaster Response Grants. That's why Rotary Districts 1980 and 2000 applied to
The Rotary Foundation on August 30 for two Disaster Response Grants of $25,000.
applications were approved and the 50,000 U.S. dollars were transferred to RC Kiev
International on October 6. The money will fund 250 beds, 300 mattresses and
300 sheets for emergency shelters for refugees from the east in several
localities in western Ukraine.
We are happy to
be able to contribute to the relief of the need in Ukraine.