The Vostok SOS Charitable Foundation has allocated more than UAH 7,800,000 as part of the Evacuation of People with Limited Mobility During the War in Ukraine project to provide evacuation and support for victims of russian aggression over the past six months.
Living on the frontline, many individuals are unaware of the future that awaits them after evacuation. This uncertainty often delays their decision to leave, adding to their distress. However, the Vostok SOS Charitable Foundation is playing a vital role in assisting those who can relocate to the safety of their relatives’ homes within Ukraine and extending a helping hand to those who have nowhere to turn and require special care and accommodation.
Yaroslav Kornienko, the Evacuation Coordinator, shared a touching story of a young girl fleeing the occupied city of Berdiansk through a checkpoint in the Sumy region. With limited belongings, she carried only a backpack but made sure to bring her beloved dog, cat, and rabbit with her. Her determination not only saved her life but also those of her cherished pets. The evacuation crews of the Vostok SOS Charitable Foundation operate under challenging conditions, going above and beyond to rescue people in need.
Throughout the duration of the full-scale war, the Foundation has been steadfast in its mission to evacuate individuals with limited mobility. This endeavor has garnered support from hundreds of compassionate individuals and groups, including donors, partners, volunteers, railroad workers, and concerned Ukrainians. In the months of June and August, the project successfully evacuated 3,509 people, comprising 2,465 women and 1,044 men, with 1,330 of them having reduced mobility.
Over 6 months, the Foundation allocated to the project and the team’s needs:
- UAH 5,587,170 for evacuation vehicles;
- UAH 852,483 for generators, Starlink connectivity, as well as protective helmets and body armor, goggles, and paramedic backpacks for our evacuation crews;
- UAH 774,228 for hygiene kits and diapers for both adults and children;
- UAH 600,000 for fuel.
“The project plays a pivotal role in saving lives and providing crucial assistance. This achievement is the result of effective teamwork and meticulous planning. Our partnership with USAID has been heartwarming, with their team showing a strong commitment to helping Ukrainians. They have understood our needs, including the acquisition of three new vehicles. Reliable transportation during evacuations is paramount. In return, we have assembled the finest crews and remain agile in responding to critical challenges,” emphasized Yaroslav.
The entire team extends its heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this project. Let’s continue working together to make a difference and provide support to those in dire need!