Please help us evacuate Vlad's mother from Kharkiv, Ukraine and bring her home to us.
Vlad's Mum, Liubov, lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She is a 73 yr old retired teacher, without any family in the country, and has lost everything but what she can carry. She spent the first two weeks of the invasion in her shelled-out flat, exposed to consistent below-freezing temperatures. She's now sheltering closer to the central train station, waiting for the time when it will be safer to evacuate.
Liubov's just been granted an emergency visa to join us here in New Zealand, so now we need to get her out of Ukraine and to get Vlad to go meet her and bring her home to us in the Wairarapa.
The name Liubov means Love, Aroha, and it absolutely fits her - she is the most loving mother and grandmother, and our hearts are breaking that she has been caught in the middle of heavy fighting since the first day of the invasion. If you're keen to help bring relief to someone in Ukraine, this is a way for you to have a DIRECT impact.
Many of you know Vlad, Lubov's only child, through his role as a Carer for people with special needs and a Teacher Aide. Vlad, like Lubov, is always first to help others - and now they could use your help.
We will keep this page open for a few more weeks even if we hit our target to help Liubov as much as we can.
Liubov is Vlad's mother, my mother-in-law.
Any money donated will be used for travel expenses to evacuate Liubov from Ukraine and bring her to us. Any excess will go directly to Liubov for her needs. If she doesn't survive, the funds will be donated onward.
Thank you for your support 5 May 2022
Wanted to share a quick update with you. Some good news - we were able to successfully transfer just over 40,000 Ukrainian Hryvna to Liubov over the past week or so, across multiple money transfers. That's about NZD $2,000 that she has now in cash in her pocket.
Many international money transfer services, including the one we regularly use, have waived their fees for sending money to Ukraine. This means that all of the money goes directly to our family members, nothing is taken by the transfer company, and that makes a difference for the recipient. It's encouraging to see businesses put people before profits in this situation.
Liubov is now just waiting for a window in the fighting for it to be safe enough for her to leave. We don't know how long it will take, and honestly it sometimes feels like things are dragging along when I'd rather things move along faster. But in this case, faster is not better. She needs to go at the safest moment.
I know that once we get to that moment, things will go very fast - and I'll keep you updated on any changes to the situation.
In the mean time, I found a photo from Pascha 2013 that really speaks to our homeland. The basket in the background is our family Easter basket that we would take to church for a blessing each Easter. The embroidery, the basket cover, I made by hand as a young bride in Kiyv. I would work on it a little every day and it took me almost a year to finish it - the design is from the Transcarpathian mountain region of Western Ukraine, near my paternal grandmother's birthplace, Rostoka. My daughter-in-law and I made the pysanky, and the pascha cheese was made using a cheese mold that my brother made, that's based on the mold that I inherited from my parents (who had inherited it from an old family friend). And the kulich (the bread), was actually homemade that year. All of these traditions that we carry on from Ukraine, keeps our connections strong even though we're so far away.
Looking forward to having Liubov with us for Easter next year.
Thank you for your support Havilland! Hope you are doing well!
Thank you so much for your support!
Thank you so much for your support Leonie!!