This happened during the summer.
We were running from house to house with aid packets when Anna Viktorovna, the director of the Lugansk Children’s Rehab Center, called with an unexpected request. We usually help with food, medicaments, or other necessities. Such as cleaning supplies, diapers, etc., because we grew accustomed to focusing on these key areas. But Anna Viktorovna asked us for glue and wallpaper.
It wasn’t exactly an emergency request but we couldn’t ignore it. Because the center gets no assistance except through volunteers. Anna Viktorovna said that LPR did assign funds for renovating the center, but it was enough just for the basics, and there wasn’t enough for restoring the hallway.
So we grabbed one of their workers and went shopping.
You’d be surprised to learn that almost everything is available in Lugansk. I brought from there a teapot, stuffed and rubber piggies for the daughter, a coat and winter shoes for myself. Shops, markets, hair salons never quit working. The main problem is the population’s ability to pay, or lack thereof. It’s a strange war indeed when the shelves are full but people can’t afford anything.
Entrepreneurs adjusted a long time ago and learned how to stay in operation under wartime conditions. But commerce continues, markets are full of people haggling and running back and forth with shopping bags.
After an hour of shopping, we bought blue wallapper.
Yesterday Zhenya visited the center and photographed them already installed.
The repairs are not yet complete, but almost.
I also talked to Anna Viktorovna and learned that their boiler broke down and they have no money for replacement. Government is unlikely to help them.
It seems it’s no less important than food and clothes. Maybe even more so. I’m looking at the summer photos with bare legs and girls in t-shirts, and I get the shivers. How are these kids to wash themselves without hot water?
The boiler needs be no less than 100 liters. Ideally with two dry spiral heaters (Zhenya explained to me yesterday what that is, though I didn’t fully comprehend). He says that Lugansk has hard water, which means that “wet” boilers break down more quickly.
Any funds in excess of what’s needed for the boiler will be spent on fruit and treats for the kids.