Summer 2014. Gorlovnka. The town is being shaken in continuous shelling. Some people are learning how to survive in basements without water or food while some people have to leave their homes and escape…

Victoria with her two children left Gorlovka for Berdiansk. In this strange town with the help of caring people she found a shelter and mastered an art which helped her make a living in such difficult towns. Victoria shares her story with our web-site followers:

«Back in July last year I had to escape from war with my two kids after severe shelling. Due to the shelling in Gorlovka our car and my parents’ home were damaged. Thankfully to God, we were all save and sound.

At the time, my home town Gorlovka has become the epicenter of the events in Eastern Ukraine being under fire every single day and I can’t return home with the children and endanger their lives. Here, in the strange town, I have to start everything from the scratch.


It is very difficult to raise children being a single Mom without any support. I have two wonderful boys of 11 and 4 years old. The boys are active and full of life and they don’t see and don’t hear the war outside the window. My younger son is only 4 years old and I can’t work full-time while the kindergartens are overcrowded and cannot accept any new kids.

I am a creative thinker and I don’t sit around. I try to work as much as I can – as a manicure specialist, as a copywriter and now I have started working on handmade textile toys. Thanks to the help provided by volunteers and all of my “jobs” we still can make a living to survive. But the children are growing and we need to buy warm clothes for the winter. The winters here are windy and cold. God is supporting us and I know that everything is going to be all right!»

There are many internally displaced people in Berdyansk and Emmanuel Association has been helping people who found themselves far from their homes. The head of the Charitable Society “There is a future” and the official volunteer of Ukraine Yelena Vorobyova shares that they held an arts workshop for the people who are looking for a way to make a living. As a result, there appeared a group of needlewomen who are hand-making unique souvenirs. Most of their works are already being sold in Great Britain, Germany and USA.

We’d like to remind you that the Emmanuel Association’s staff continues to help the people of Eastern Ukraine. You can bring warm clothes and food products to our office at the address: 131 A Krasnoarmeyskaya St., Kyiv, and leave the goods with the guards. This is the easiest way to help the internally displaced people of Ukraine. You can also help by providing financial assistance.

We just remind that “CBN-Emmanuil” continues to help the people from the South-East of Ukraine.
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