Help our Mum escape the war in Ukraine

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Given by 127 generous donors in around 4 months

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.

Christine Eliseev's involvement (page creator)

Liubov is Vlad's mother, my mother-in-law.

Use of funds

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.

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Everything is set!! Liubov will be here on 26 August.  3 August 2022

Hi everyone,

I'm really hoping that this post doesn't jinx anything, but wanted to give you a more complete update than the one I shared on 25 July.

All of the required plane, train, and bus tickets, along with the corresponding hotels and transit visas have been purchased.

Vlad will be flying from New Zealand to Warsaw on the 17th, and Liubov will begin her journey from Kharkiv on the 18th. They will meet each other in Warsaw early morning of the 20th.

It will take her 2 over night trips to get to Vlad - one on a train, one on a bus - so we will have her and Vlad stay in Warsaw for a few nights to give her a chance to rest up before the big journey to the other side of the planet.

They will arrive together here on Friday, the 26th of August.

Thank you again for helping her to escape the war - your generosity has had a direct impact on her life, and she (and we) are eternally grateful.

To give you an idea of how your generosity has helped, to date, we have paid out $16,626 NZD for airline tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, visas, hotels for her in Warsaw and Dubai (for an overnight layover), evacuation coordinators/travel escorts, and things like medication and food needed for her survival until this point.

There will be of course additional smaller costs that will be incurred on the actual journey itself (like food and they will need to get a PCR test before they fly for the UAE, but as you can see, your generosity has covered a good chunk of these costs. Hopefully there won't be unexpected surprises, but in the mean time, I just again wanted to say THANK YOU.

Warmest regards, ngā mihi nui,

Christine and Vlad

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Kate on 19 Jul 2022
Sending best wishes from Greytown to you and your family; I hope that your mother can escape and then live a life free from war time trauma.
Christine Eliseev

Kate, thank you so much for your support - we are finally seeing this all come together and will be welcoming her home to the Wairarapa next month (update coming out later today!)

Christine Eliseev
Cafe Medici
Cafe Medici on 07 Jun 2022
Love and prayers from our fabulous customers in Martinborough
Christine Eliseev

Oh my goodness! Thank you south for your generosity and thoughtfulness! I'm so sorry for the delayed reply - like many, we've been down with the flu this week and I only just saw this. I will make a point to come by and thank you personally soon! We LOVE Medici !!

Christine Eliseev
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Guest Donor on 03 Jun 2022
I hope your Mum arrives soon for you. Prayers of love.
Christine Eliseev

Thank you!! We really appreciate your help and support.

Christine Eliseev
Murphy on 02 Jun 2022
All the best
Christine Eliseev

Thank you so much Murphy.

Christine Eliseev
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 02 Jun 2022
Christine Eliseev

Thank you for your support - it's deeply appreciated.

Christine Eliseev

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