When the country is in trouble, the Caritas HOBF cannot remain aloof from these events taking place now in Ukraine, in our society, in particular. Today, we see our main task as helping older people not to expose themselves and others to the danger associated with the spread of acute respiratory infections – coronavirus, to create conditions for our wards to stay at home, to minimize their need to visit crowded places during quarantine (public transport, pharmacies, shops). After all, they have not the highest risk of infection and further deaths.
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Caritas Ukraine is part of the world's largest network of charities Caritas Internationalis, which has 120 years of history and brings together over 160 national funds that help millions of needy people in almost 200 countries. For 24 years Caritas Ukraine has physical, social, psychological and legal assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in need, regardless of religion, social status, ethnic origin, gender or age. Deep moral and spiritual principles of dignity, justice, and solidarity are the basis of the activities of Caritas.
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For more than 18 years Caritas has been taking care of people – old and lonely, who have found themselves in a critical life situation. There are quarantine measures throughout the country and authorities are asking Ukrainians to stay at home. This is especially true of older people who are at increased risk and most difficult to tolerate the disease.
If you take you will fill your hand,if you give you will fill your heart! Good things are always actual. Our dear benefactors, helpers,supporters and caring people, we ask you for help for the unique Center for Mother and Child,which gave shelter to lonely-mothers refugees from Donbass, as well as women affected by domestic violence and human trafficking. Being alone with their problems, lost the house and any hope for the future, they found peace, care and comfort here.
Several years ago our organization founded shelter for the homeless with the aim to give the second chance for a better life for homeless people ready to fight for their lives. Also, every year we arrange common celebration of Christmas and Easter for the homeless and needy people of our town, to remind them about the better life they deserve. Lent has come — a time when believing Christians think about the importance of charity, love, and patience. Easter is traditionally celebrated in peace and harmony. It is very sad when these traditions are lost due to material problems.
A joyous Easter for the people of the "golden age". Please support the fundraising effort to purchase food products for the Easter basket for lonely elderly. Traditionally, the most important spring holiday in Ukraine is Easter. We look forward to celebrating this special day in the family circle, sharing the joy of the meeting and the taste of holiday meals with our loved ones. However, not everyone has the opportunity to celebrate Easter in a festive way. Older people who are in material distress and depressing loneliness cannot afford it.
Two hundred children from the families in need are waiting for presents on the Saint Nicholas Holiday. We are asking for a donation for buying gifts, so that every child even if parents cannot afford the holiday, would get presents to feel happy, needed and loved. Together with Charity Foundation “Caritas Kyiv” it is easy to do holiday miracle! Every child is waiting for presents and sweets on Saint Nicholas Day, but some parents can not cover even their basic needs and afford holiday gifts. Some children do not have parents, but they still dream about sweets and presents.
St. Nicholas Day is a celebration of mercy, warmth, joy, kindness, and love. I want to believe that it will remain forever in the memory of little children, and, perhaps, when they want to help those in need. Good deeds are always relevant, and they acquire their characteristics and charm on the eve of Christmas and New Year holidays. Our dear benefactors, helpers, like-minded people, and caring people, we turn to you for help for 10 families raising children with terrible diseases (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, cancer, orphan patients). Left alone with their problems, such families spend a lot of resources, effort, and finances on the treatment and maintenance of the life of their seriously ill children.
The calendar is constantly approaching St. Nicholas Day, which means that a very special and exciting time has begun for not only us, adults, but also for children. Every year, St. Nicholas comes from heaven to earth to wrap every child's heart with love, to put such long-awaited gifts under each pillow or directly into little hands. Holy – he is also holy in order not to divide people into "more necessary" and "more important", especially our children. Most of all St. Nicholas is awaited by children who live in orphanages or boarding schools or are in needy families.
For 17 years, our foundation, Caritas HOBF, has been trying to do everything so that people who are in critical life situations feel dignified, believe that their life can get better. It is sad and painful to see every day the despair of these lonely, elderly people, the extreme poverty in which they somehow have to survive for a penny, for which it is difficult to buy at least something so as not to die starvation. We are talking about such a level of poverty when you have to choose whether to buy bread or essential medicines for the last money when you pay for utilities and you have to eat almost nothing until you receive your next pension.
Of all the holidays, the most secret and desirable among children is the holiday of Nicholas. Children are waiting for him with a special joy. There are children in our city who have worked especially hard to meet St. Nicholas: one has made the first steps at the age of 7 or started talking at the age of 6, the other has time to study at school and take care of five younger siblings; the third is malnourished every day and nowhere to sleep. But each of them found the strength to look at the world with joyful eyes and to encourage others, and someone also learned to pray... and not only for himself but also for the next "parents" who left him again in the orphanage or for his mother that "sold" her child.