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Pavlo Kushtym

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Medicine...

Project Goal
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Collected so far outside of Brave Action
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What happened

From the first days of the full-scale invasion, subversive groups broke into Kharkiv, the city was under fire, the air force was bombing, and there were street battles. Complete chaos.

Our response

From the window of my bedroom on Northern Saltivka, I could see the advance of the occupying forces on Kharkiv. It was dangerous for people to stay in their apartments. So my brother and I organized a bomb shelter in the basement of a school.

The setting

We took care of over 600 people, 78 of them were children. They just slept on the floor, in four rows. We had many of their pets in the shelter with us too.

The situation

There were people who were sick and simply could not survive without medicine, many elderly people with chronic diseases. Together with artist friends, we managed to organize help with food, warm things, and medicine.

A big effort

My wife helped me do an extremely important and difficult task. She asked all the people about their diseases. She read the instructions for analogues of the drugs they were taking. Then volunteers outside the shelter searched for and brought medicines from all over Europe. With flashlights in our warehouse, we filled everything for the people.

The transition

At the beginning of summer, we closed the shelter and gave away the keys. People moved back to their apartments if they weren't destroyed. Some of them moved to other parts of Ukraine, and others evacuated abroad to Poland, Norway, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, and even to Canada.

The need now

Still, there are people in critical need of medications. While some pharmacies in the city are open again, supplies are limited. Many people have lost their jobs and many pensioners cannot afford the cost.

Our current work

So, an ongoing part of our volunteering work continues to be finding medicines and distributing them across Kharkiv Oblast. We purchase mostly from Germany and Poland. The medications are delivered by volunteers in their cars who drive from the western border across Ukraine to us in the most eastern part of the country. We bought a car and hire drivers to help us deliver to the homes of people in great need.

Thank you!

Our funding still comes from our original group of volunteers and our Ukrainian network. However, after a year of giving, what we receive from them is understandably less -- now we greatly appreciate your donations. Thank you, thank you for your support through BAU!

Complete chaos. There were people who were sick and simply could not survive without medicine...

Collecting, sorting and giving out medicines from morning to night, every day, under constant shelling.

Little Yesenia, the child who lived longest in the shelter,

Now we deliver to people's homes

receiving medications from Europe and western Ukraine

Collecting, sorting and giving out medicines from morning to night, every day, under constant shelling.

Little Yesenia, the child who lived longest in the shelter,

Now we deliver to people's homes

Nataliia Liudvychenko

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