THE GRIP of war tightens on Ukraine as Russia continues to devastate the lives of the Ukranian people destroying infrastructure, factories, schools, hospitals and homes, writes David Harrop.
President Putin is focussed on destroying the morale of the people of Ukraine.
It’s been more than seven months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war endangers the lives of millions of people across the whole country, changing the life of every Ukrainian with no exception. Many Ukrainians have to leave their regular lives, homes and workplaces. The war making them lose everything at once.
Deep in the heart of central Ukraine lies Shargorod, a small town which is host to some of the most remarkable work in helping the victims of the war, namely the Parish of St Florian the Martyr. There a group of sisters and volunteers reach out a lifeline of human love to the homeless, the bereaved and injured. It has become a place of safety and healing, where refugees and people in need come for help. The commitment and love they show to the Ukrainians, whose lives have been shattered by war, is a supreme example of altruism and human kindness.
The parish provides help to about 120 families weekly. Knowing how much suffering the Ukranian victims of war have gone through, they try to help with the many needs of broken lives. The support they offer is like a light at the end of the dark tunnel of war. A lifeline of material help, of food, shelter, words of consolation and hope for the future.
The parish are so grateful for all the support and donations they have received, they have sent a thank you letter to the people of Leamington and surrounding areas, The Polish Centre and Euro Car Parts. Without these donations hundreds of victims of the war would be left without that very basic human need of a hand to hold, a bed for the night, food, shelter and a listening ear.
The need is constant and as the war takes its toll the need increases every day. You can see the humanitarian contributions The Polish Centre are giving to Ukraine as they are regularly updated on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/PolishcentreLeamington
For any much needed donations towards this work, there is also an online fundraising page which can be visited here