On Saturday, January 21, 2023, Dave and his father (1948) drove to Ukraine for the second time to deliver 800 kg of relief goods collected in the Netherlands. A 7-day journey over 4400 km with air raid sirens, steam blackouts, curfews and constant threat of missile attacks.
Founding www.smolinministries.org from Ternopil again received part of the relief supplies. They manage a care home for the elderly in Zhukiv, Ternopil region, which we visited on our first trip. In the nursing home we found elderly people who had fled from the east of Ukraine and needed 24-hour care.
The sight of these people and the conditions in the nursing home touched us deeply. Thanks to a home care organization in the Netherlands, we were able to donate a large amount of incontinence material. This improves the well-being of the elderly there.
On their journey, Dave and his father saw the devastation in Borodyanka, Irpin and Bucha. In Bucha, the Tanya Foundation bought 400 euros worth of extra relief supplies, such as canned food. The foundation consciously chooses to spend the donations received on the local economy.
In Kyiv, Dave and his father visited the Do Mrii Foundation (after the dream) www.domrii.com.ua/en. The Tanya Foundation is expanding its network and personal contact is very important. The Do Mrii Foundation was founded immediately after the start of the war. Involved people who, in addition to their jobs, organize aid for the affected areas in the east and south of their country. They process received aid items into aid packages that they personally deliver to compatriots on the front line.
The Tanya Foundation left behind the relief goods brought from the Netherlands here, as well as the extra relief goods that were purchased in Bucha.
Saturday, January 27, 2023 Dave and his father returned home safely.