Don’t forget about this!

I really don’t want my reports from the Donbass to be only about sad things. Or, rather, I’d prefer that, when you saw my posts in your feed or on your wall, your heart did not shrink with sadness and you did not think that it’s another awful story about how someone died, is dying, or has lost everything. Yes, there are many such stories. War is a tragedy, broken lives, pain, and our shame.
But in reality, the history of the war in these posts is not only a story of suffering, unlucky people. It’s also stories about heroes, about strong people. About closely knit families, about people with unbelievable willpower and–most importantly–this blog’s story is the story of mutual assistance. Of the great cycle of goodness. And I want you to know that hundreds of people are behind our goodness. Various people. And all of them have enormous hearts.
Please remember this when you read my stories and reports.
Here, for example, is Anya from Moscow. She is in a very difficult situation–her daughter is disabled. I first encountered her in my life when I read about Vika whom we then took to Moscow for eye treatment. It turned out she has TB. She then lost her boyfriend, her grandmother died, and she had already lost her brother before that. Vika was greatly depressed and I didn’t know how to improve her mood. She needed strength and hope.

Then this young and beautiful girl with packets full of presents for Vika appeared in my apartment. She even brought soup, cutlets, home-cooked food made for Vika early in the morning before work. I don’t know how Anya came to my home. I try not to advertise my passwords and safehouses, because I don’t know who might show up. But then we sat down to tea with Anya and she told me what she experienced and is experiencing with her daughter. It was a very difficult story with an uncertain future. Anya is a strong and beautiful human being.
After some time she started to regularly contribute something we needed for our trips.

Most recently she brought a huge bag with discs and a dvd player. One would think nobody needs that, but the Children’s Rehab Center in Lugansk was just the right place for it. In March, Anya brought several bags of crafts for kids. Fur, felt, stickers, rubber bands–what did it not include. If only you knew how the crafts instructor at that orphanage reacted!
Right now, orphanages and other children’s institutions are well supplied only with food. But such simple things as paper, stationery, any crafts–that’s still in short supply.
It wasn’t just Anya who donated sets of crafts stores. Someone from among my friends donated rubber bands, beads, and crafts kits, but I no longer remember who ((( I’m very saddened I don’t remember(((

It’s gotten to the point that teachers buy these things using their own money. Children live there too, and they need to engage in crafts to develop their personalities. It’s very important from the point of view of motor skills. They are all from difficult families, some of these kids have been taken from asocial or alcoholic parents. And this is in Lugansk, in LPR. And yes, many of these kids have not only lived through a war but their own personal war. At home. All in all, the teachers’ ecstatic reactions are beyond anyone’s imagination. As are the kids’ glowing smiles, when they nearly torn to bits all of these “interesting things” out of curiosity.

Arts and crafts from the kids in the Children’s Rehab Center in Lugansk.


Here’s Seryozha, for example. Apart from helping me find medications, wheelchairs, other things we need, he donates books for kids and youth for nearly every visit. On the last trip, we took books not only from Seryozha but from my other teachers. There were several boxes of books, which the Border Guards regarded with amazement.
We delivered the books to a technical school for the disabled. I wrote about that earlier.
The director was very pleased and sends her thanks.
That’s how things work out sometimes.

Anya, Seryozha, and every-every-everyone who participates in the aid effort–you are awesome!
Thank you, dear friends! Thank you for being there!
Thank you for making it possible to write about you and share you with everyone else.
My friends, social media acquaintances, and readers–please don’t forget about it when reading my blog!
If you want to join the aid effort for the people of the Donbass, please write me in person through LiveJournal, facebookV Kontakte, or email: littlehirosima@gmail.com. Paypal address: littlehirosima@gmail.com.

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