We provide vital winter warmth to Ukrainian families without power and an ability to heat water - with Love from New Zealand
Kiwi K.A.R.E (Kiwi Aid & Refugee Evacuation), which started operations in Ukraine in June 2022, supplying medical and humanitarian aid into forward areas behind the front line, has launched a new fundraising initiative to manufacture 1200 lifesaving wood burning stoves and water heaters for the people of Ukraine.
We first distributed heaters and stoves last year as a trail, with many who received them saying they were lifesavers. By October 2023, we had requests for over 1000 units and anticipate this will easily grow to 1200.
As with many initiatives in war torn Ukraine, our project management approach has been to work with what is available. In this case, remodelling old recycled electrical water cylinders which are stripped down to access the core tank. This is then cut and welded into various sized stoves and water boilers.
At a build cost of between $160 for a basic stove and $260 for a combined stove and water heater, this fundraising initiative is aimed at raising the $250,000 necessary to support those families in most need.
Eastern European winters are harsh, and we know the inevitable targeting by Russia of civilian infrastructure, such as power and water facilities, will come once again.
Our little country, on the other side of the world is becoming well known in Ukraine due to the stellar service of many New Zealanders who have come to support them in their darkest hour during an existential and genocidal war.
To manufacture 1200 lifesaving wood burning stoves and water heaters for the people of Ukraine.
Thank you New Zealand - the Stoves & water Heaters are Getting to Where they are Needed Most. 5 December 2023
Despite horrific weather, including snow storms, the team continue to distribute the stoves and water heaters throughout Ukraine’s red zone.
Thank you for your continued support. 💙💛
Thank you so much, Clare. We are very grateful for your support which will help keep the wheels of humanitarian and medical aid rolling, and the stoves and water heaters going forward to those most in need. 💙💛
Thank you Janice - and thanks to the wonderful women of Fusion. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Your generous donation and support for Kiwi K.A.R.E will make a significant difference to Ukrainians living in hardship. Winter is on its way and we have a lot of work to do to prepare for the inevitable attacks on power and water infrastructure. Wishing you and your families are joyous and peaceful Christmas 💙💛
Thank you for supporting Kiwi K.A.R.E to keep the humanitarian wheels rolling, the aid moving forward, and stoves being produced for those most in need. 💙💛
Thank you so much, Vivienne. Your generous donation will go towards a vodo nahrivach (water heater) which will be delivered to a family or someone in great need this winter. We greatly appreciate your support and your kind words. 💙💛