In spring 2022 we were planning to take Robert to Kiev for consultation but because of the war did not manage. Together with the other children of NBH the Robert has been evacuated to Chernovtsy. His state has gotten worse there and he was transferred to local children`s hospital. Robert is currently at the department of intensive care. Everything the boy needs is given and paid by the charitable association „the city of goodness“. There is nothing we can do for him at the moment.
Elena was operated in Kiev in Oktober 2021. In August, when Vika visited her in Chernovtsy, she was still doing well.
But suddenly Elena started feeling badly. The doctors are very worrying. She needs to be taken urgently to Kiev Cardio Center (KCC) for consultation.
We need to organize the trip to Kiev’s Cardio Center for Elena and for two nurses. The trip will be expensive, as no nurse wants to travel alone in these difficult times. We expect costs of at least USD 250 (€250).
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Updated news 27.8.2022
Vika went back with this bus and arrived today at 05:00 tired but well in Germany.
The journey was adventurous and led via Romania, Slovakia, Austria to Germany. The bus was loaded with cargo and passengers. At the border from Ukraine to Romania they lost 8 hours because something was wrong with the papers of the cargo.
There is a lot of news to report. We will collect, process and publish the data.
In summary, we can say that it is much better and more positive for the children than we had assumed.
We hear new reports from Ukraine almost every day in the news. Here we report from the orphanages “NBH” and “ZuBS” and from personal friends in Ukraine.
We did not want to publish a war picture, so this round table with the Ukrainian president surrounded by European government representatives is a symbol of the current situation in Ukraine.
NBH children: they are still in Chernovtsy. Everyday Nataliya Grigorenko (director and chief doctor) is asking for permission to go back to Nikolaiev but the government does not allow to bring the children back yet. Meanwhile they are getting used to their new place, though the condition they are living in can’t be compared to how it was in Nikolaiev.
The steering committee has decided to support the two orphanages NBH and ZuBS regardless of the war and regardless of the further course of the war, as long as this is possible.
Svieta Inc, the American branch of Friends of Svieta is also unreservedly ready to continue supporting the two orphanages and their residents.
At today’s board meeting we were pleased to welcome Verena Bodmer, who is standing for election as a member of the steering committee (SC).
Verena has been a member of the Friends of Svieta since the founding of the association last June and would now like to be even closer to the action on the SC.
Update March 27th 2022
Zurupinsk boarding schoold is still intakt. It is impossible to evacuate ZuBS because they have too many severe disabled children who can only be transported by ambulances. Luckily it is quite in the city. The orphanage is situated right near the main high way to Crimea they see a lot of Russian military traffic.
It is quite in the city and it seems normal life is coming back but people are told all the time that it can get worst any time soon.