I volunteer at the Polish border (Shehyni-Medyka) coordinating refugees. I have volunteered: registering refugees; re-settling refugees; the volunteer center in the Halychyna district, almost on a constant basis, most often there; sewing camouflage nets; the humanitarian aid center, sorting clothes and hygiene items. I’ve volunteered since the first day of the full-scale invasion without days off. The result of my activity – when I see people a little happier, though everything is filled with the pain in the eyes of refugees. I know that nets sewn by my hands can save lives.
I’m involved because I feel personally responsible. Because I love my country and people. Because I understand that in this way I contribute to our victory and hasten it. Because I can’t sit and do nothing when there’s a war in my country. Because I want to be involved, and there are still many other “becauses.” Because I’m a Ukrainian, I love my home and am proud of it.
It’s very banal, but I sleep and eat well. (No problem with this, because they always provide tasty food for volunteers.) I sometimes take evening walks in the park. (But that’s how I sleep.)
Oh, my! I’m planning for victory! I simply want victory, and I’ll think up all the rest later. But really, I want to travel to my dear Mariupol with BUR*, for example, and rebuild it with my own hands. And other cities. I plan to appreciate everything that I have much more.
BUR (Building Ukraine Together, in its Ukrainian acronym) — a Ukraine-wide platform that is involved in renovating buildings of residents of the Donetsk Region ruined by bombing and also helps rebuild or reorganize institutions of culture in disrepair and children’s playgrounds in various regions of Ukraine. The platform was founded by UCU graduates.