In the beginning of the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war, small organizations such as ABC were able to provide immediate help in all areas as small organizations can be nimble to adjust to the rapidly changing war situation. In fact, ABC was amongst the first organizations to deliver the urgently needed insulin to the eastern part of Ukraine before besieged by the Russian military.
Since then, larger humanitarian organizations quickly stepped in to assist. Organizations such as Samaritan's Purse and Doctors Without Borders soon established mobile clinics and field hospitals. New organizations were formed and the organizations initially involved became specialized in different categories. Nevertheless, all the humanitarian organizations strive to achieve a common goal, that is to provide support for the war-torn country and for the innocent lives affected by the atrocities of war, irregardless of citizenship or ethnicity.
Telemedicine has always been ABC's goal from the beginning of the war, given the training most of our physicians had to take during the pandemic. However the need within the country and for the refugees outside of the country is the size of a black hole for such a small organization like ABC. We have also since learned about our limitations and discovered our strengths. ABC is now partnering with a handful of church groups and orphanages inside Ukraine to provide medications / medical supplies, some essential items, and telemedicine. ABC's goal is to bring healing, love, and hope to each individual that God brings into our care. Please join us if you are also passionate about providing care and encouragement to individuals in Ukraine.
Healthy children - healthy future ❤️ Every young body needs support. 💪
Our organization was created to help. Please share this post with me. https://maidangidnosti.org/#directions 🙏
Thanks to Mary Tao , Anton Tymonishyn and Yelena Kolezeva
our little friends have the opportunity to be cheerful and healthy 🙂
To all our Bay Area friends, our partner organization Hearts for Ukraine needs volunteers to help pack and ship urgent supplies to Ukraine.
Hearts for Ukraine specializes in fundraising, collecting, and shipping of humanitarian aide items to Ukraine. 💙💛
Hearts for Ukraine has delivered and provided ABC humanitarian drivers inside Ukraine with protective gears. Since the end of the second week of war, ABC has successfully brought over 1500 pounds ($35,000) of urgent medications along with urgent medical supplies to various hospitals & clinics inside Ukraine, especially the frontline areas.
Will post a few more of our ABC partners today. As we approach the weekend, please consider joining any one of our efforts based on your availabilities and interests.
Thank you for joining us to take action and bring a better tomorrow for all. 🙏❤️
If you will be in Europe this coming June or July, please consider stopping by Warsaw and volunteer for a few days at this hotel that houses 60 refugee families, generously sponsored by our partner Operation Safe Harbor - Ukraine (operationsafeharborukraine.com). 🤍❤️🇺🇸💙💛
OSHU’s mission is to provide the refugees with temporary housing in a safe and nurturing environment so that the refugees can get some respite, and prepare for their next journey in life.
It is in this hotel where you will witness the miracles of love.❤️ The kids from Ukraine who arrive fearful, shocked, tired, and listless will perk up under your care and compassion in just a few days or weeks.💛 The joy to see the changed lives under your love and care is incomparable to anything you’ll ever experience. This is the general consensus from all past & present volunteers of OSHU.
Please contact via their website directly, as ABC no longer takes physician volunteers in Poland.
ABC remains open to healthcare providers interested in going to Ukraine for short term or long term medical mission. If that’s you, then you can contact us via our website: AgapeBlessingsCure.org.
Our team visited this orphanage in April who cares for about 120 babies, toddlers and young children, many were relocated from the war-devastated area of Kharkiv. It was heartbreaking to walk into rooms filled with babies staring at us with their big innocent eyes who had just lost their parents.💔
Now reading this post and especially watching the video that shows children’s laughters in the background confirms what Ірина Гурик and Ігор Гурик say, love and the power to do good do create miracles.❤️
Thank you ссанаторій "Смерічка" Благодійний фонд "Майдан Гідності", Ірина Гурик, and Ігор Гурик for your love, sacrifice, and dedication to bring us a brighter tomorrow.🙏❤️
There's a war on our country... I'm so happy to see you in the future.
Only God knows 🙏 when this will end but in our power to do good ❤️ We humans can do this. Despite all the bombing of our cities and killing our children, we continue to create miracles..
Thanks to each of you who believe in life 🙏
Life is children, and children are our future ❤️
Congratulations to all the babies in the world on International Children's Day 🥰
And especially those who survived the war.
There is strength in unity, together we will defeat evil 🔥
Today has been an emotional day...
Thanks to all of us who strive to live and do good, hundred children lived another happy day 💙💛 Thanks for the incredible holiday to the management and staff of санаторій "Смерічка" , all the volunteers who continue to help today, and especially to all the philanthropists who make it possible to create wonders Hromada , Inna Hohosha , рити Nova Ukraine , @PERSON.firstname Oksana Ivantsiv , Lesia Nebeliuk , Mary Tao Mary Tao , @PERSON.firstname , Леся Гроно , Olivia Art, Vita Yakymyshyna, Iryna Rybytva , Iryna Rybytva , , , ,@TAG , @TAG, @TAG, @PERSON.lastname , St Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church Olya Rega . Настоящее Время , Yulia Zhukova
Yours sincerely, Благодійний фонд "Майдан Гідності"
I cherish the picture used in this article for three reasons:
1.) The plastic drawer storage pictured behind me became one of my little projects during my time in Poland. That was our on-site "pharmacy". Thanks to Dr. Mary Tao and her network they donated many over-the-counter medications and supplies to help us help the refugees.
2.) In the photo with me are George Michelson and Dr. Yelena Kolezeva. As you all know, operations and logistics are my thing - medicine not so much - but when mothers and children are in need, you go all-in. Between the three of us, plus Tara Wilson Knuth and Don Hutchens, we had a smooth running pop-up clinic (on more than one occasion) in the Best Western-Felix. I'm grateful I could work along all of them and Dr. Tao and Dr. Anastasia Shnitser.
3.) It shows global community at work and that's what this world needs more and more of. With help from Svitlana Pakholkova Shuportiak, Andrew Dimakis, and Brian Wallingford from afar, we got the little boy the emergent care he needed. Check out the article for full details.
P.S. Just because the Lincolnites are back in Nebraska doesn't mean our volunteering to help Ukrainians has stopped. We continue to keep and make new connections to help these refugees as the war in Ukraine continues. Please consider a donation to Operation Safe Harbor-Ukraine: https://operationsafeharborukraine.com/
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Just want to mention something about bravery (which I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum). 😅
Did a lot of study these past 2 months. Started with finding where Poland & Ukraine are in the world map, then mainly focused on the health & medical needs & the numbers associated (number of people, percentage of vaccinations, types of wounds, prevalence of common diseases, COVID / flu activity, etc.).
Then when planning for the Ukraine trip, I started meeting or talking with people on the ground or with family members inside Ukraine and even with the refugees. Saw pictures of Ukraine (and of course when googling Ukraine, it’s filled with those images where I thought we’d be “staying at”). That’s when fear really struck me.😬
In my luggage, I packed an extra jacket (to be used as pillow to sleep on the ground because a sleeping bag would be too bulky), high-calorie biscuits, forgot to bring the water-filtration straw 🙄, thermos (no fashionable or presentable clothing because I didn’t plan on that we’d be out in open air), and I even thought about some bribery so that if captured, I can ask for one fatal shot rather than the scary mutilation before allowed to die (yes, fear can really distort reality). Even took a trip to Holland to “say goodbye” to my BFF & tour my favorite Keukenhof right beforehand.
My fear dominated my thoughts to the point I told my poor teammates that I wanted to bail out right before departing Poland. Then I went to the restroom to pray. That’s when God comforted me. Showed me my past where He’s never left me to fend for my own. Showed me He’d always enabled me when I responded to His calling. Went back to my teammates who were so understanding and so forgiving, and off we went for Ukraine.
So, with much embarrassment, I present to you my actual experience inside beautiful Ukraine.😅
Happy Mother’s Day to all my mommy friends! 🌷💕💐
Our team was in Warsaw shortly after the second week of war and saw the influx of refugees to Poland increased from 1 million to over 2 millions. We visited the Warsaw Central Station which was packed with refugees sitting or sleeping on the floor, or walking aimlessly trying to figure out where to go next. The theme of these refugees: little children looking shocked & scared from what they saw back home and from the 3-5 days of waiting in the snow trying to cross into the Polish border, elderlies who appeared so frail and tired, and then there are the mothers…💔 Though looking beyond exhausted & carrying the little ones, the luggages, and holding their elderly parents or relatives, these mothers have this determined look on their faces that they will care for their loved ones in a foreign place, wherever that place might be, and are willing to take all the weights of the future generations of Ukraine onto their tiny shoulders. 💔
With their permission, I’d like to share some of these amazing mothers in this post. 💙💛❤️
Please go through the pictures to read about them.
(This post is private for the protection of these amazing mothers.)
OUR TEAMS 💙💛❤️🇺🇦
Just like the news we see about the war in Ukraine is only the tip of the iceberg of the amount of suffering and losses the Ukrainian people endures, Terry & I are only the faces lucky enough to be associate with this amazing team that can only be put together by divine Hands.🙏 In the midst of chaos, darkness and atrocities, this team of brave & dedicated men & women sacrificed their time and risked their lives to bring the urgently needed medications, medical supplies and medical care not only to the refugees but to the dangerous frontlines.❤️ They are truly the light that brightens the darkest moments. Thank you, ABC team (Agape Blessings Cure, a non-profit medical mission organization) and everyone who worked with us, for bringing love and hope to needed places.⭐❤️