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Donate Your Old Electronics

Help Ukrainian Families Stay Connected! Computers 2 Kids (C2K) and Nova Ukraine have partnered to provide Ukrainian refugees in the US with refurbished and deeply discounted laptops/desktops. Your donated electronics will receive a second chance to help a Ukrainian family stay connected during their transition to the United States. 

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Please include the Technology Donation Form when mailing your donation.

Donate Your Car

Help a refugee family start their new life in the USA by donating your used car. All donations are tax-deductible. Cars must be in running and safe condition. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Donate Funds

Monetary funds remain the most impactful contribution individuals can make towards helping refugees – both in the United States and abroad. These funds are used for evacuations, shelters, food and water, and critical legal and medical support to help refugees find their way.

Please select “refugee support and resettlement” to allocate these funds to our refugee efforts.

HOW TO REQUEST HELP / ЯК ЗВЕРНУТИСЯ ЗА ДОПОМОГОЮ:

HOW TO REQUEST HELP:

– You must have at least 20 animals in your care

– Request must come directly from the caregiver/volunteer/shelter; you may not apply for someone else

– Requests may be written in any language

Please email [email protected] with the following information:

1) Name of your shelter/caregiver/volunteer

2) Phone number, email, and full name of the person to contact

3) Number and types of animals at the shelter

4) Location of your shelter and Nova Poshta number city

5) Registration number and title, if your shelter/organization has one

6) Request – what is needed and in what quantity?

Please DO NOT contact volunteers directly.

Due to the high volume of requests, limited funding, and many other factors, help is not guaranteed and may take anywhere from several days to several weeks to be processed and completed.

Reporting is REQUIRED and format is agreed prior to receiving help. Public posts from recipients provide transparency for donors and other humanitarian aid organizations. Exceptions can be made for safety reasons.

Our goal is to help every animal we can. We are all volunteers, and we work our hardest to make this work possible, so our most important rule is to be kind to one another. Absolutely no rudeness will be tolerated.

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ЯК ЗВЕРНУТИСЯ ЗА ДОПОМОГОЮ:

– Ви повинні мати принаймні 20 тварин під опікою

– Запит повинен надходити безпосередньо від опікуна/волонтера/притулку; ви не можете подати заявку на когось іншого

– Запити можуть бути написані на будь-якій мові

Будь ласка, напишіть [email protected] наступну інформацію:

1) Назва притулку або ПІБ опікуна/волонтера

2) Номер телефону, електронна пошта та повне ім’я особи для контакту

3) Кількість і тип тварин у притулку

4) Розташування вашого притулку та номер Нової Пошти у вашому місті

5) Реєстраційний номер та назву, якщо ваш притулок/організація офіційно зареєстрован

6) Запит – що потрібно і в якій кількості?

Будь ласка, НЕ звертайтеся безпосередньо до волонтерив.

Через великий обсяг запитів, обмежене фінансування та багато інших факторів допомога не гарантується і може зайняти від декількох днів, до декількох тижнів.

Звітність ОБОВ’ЯЗКОВА і формат узгоджується до отримання допомоги. Публічні пости від реципієнтів забезпечують прозорість для донорів та інших гуманітарних організацій. Винятки можуть бути зроблені з міркувань безпеки.

Наша мета – допомогти кожній тварині, якій можемо. Ми всі волонтери, і ми працюємо над тим, щоб зробити цю роботу можливою, тому наше найважливіше правило – бути ввічливими один до одного. Будь яка форма грубості – неприйнятна.

Nova Ukraine Delivers More Than $50 Million of Aid to Ukraine in 2022

San Francisco, CA, December 15th, 2022 – This year, Nova Ukraine provided the equivalent of $55.5 million in aid supporting the large-scale humanitarian efforts throughout Ukraine. Of that, $37.5 million were funds spent on projects, and $18 million were in-kind donations. Nova Ukraine leadership reports having raised over $64 million to date, allowing humanitarian projects to  continue into 2023 and giving Nova Ukraine the ability to respond to new challenges facing Ukraine.

More than half of the monetary donations went to emergency first aid, hospital medicine, supplies, and medical equipment. Another 20% helped procure food and basic-needs items. The remainder funded infrastructure and supply-chain efforts, refugee evacuations, and animal welfare projects. Nova Ukraine applies stringent accounting standards to all projects and ensures transparency through public reporting on NovaUkraine.org .

According to Nova Ukraine co-chairman Ostap Korkuna, “since the beginning of Russia’s large-scale attack on Ukraine, we’ve been continuously looking for effective ways to help the people of Ukraine. We expanded our volunteer base and built supply chains and partnerships. We have many ongoing large-scale projects, and we also support local volunteers helping Ukrainians survive the harsh winter, often without power or heating due to continuous Russian rocket strikes. None of this would be possible without the support of more than 160,000 individual donors. We continue to collect donations to aid more Ukrainians through this tough winter. Even a small donation can have a significant impact.”

Nova Ukraine and the leadership team would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to all partners and donors for their continued support, expertise, and sacrifice during this difficult time.  

About Nova Ukraine

Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 in response to the Russian occupation of Crimea and the initial invasion of Donbas. Dedicated to providing aid to Ukraine at this time of conflict and hardship, Nova Ukraine engages a driven team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine and the United States. Their work touches on all aspects of the humanitarian crisis, including the procurement of important medical supplies and equipment, delivery of hygiene supplies and food, and coordinating refugee evacuations. 

For more about Nova Ukraine, to learn, donate, or to see how you or your organization can get involved, visit www.novaukraine.org or contact us at [email protected]

Warming Centers for Vulnerable Ukrainians During Winter Months

Nova Ukraine Partners with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) on Warming Centers for Vulnerable Ukrainians During Winter Months

A USD$2.3 million grant from the Buffett Foundation will fund warming centers, Фортеці Незламності, at railway stations and include emergency internet, hot beverages and water provided by the Coca Cola Company. 

Nova Ukraine recently announced a grant of USD $2,349,147 from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to construct at least 20 mobile warming stations to offer humanitarian relief to vulnerable Ukrainians this Winter.  Ukrainian Railways (Ukraliznytsia) will provide additional logistics, facilities, and resupply support. The joint effort will offer essential services to local and evacuating civilians in areas where critical infrastructure – water and electricity – have been disrupted by Russian military strikes.

These warming centers will operate exclusively during the day, with nighttime hours used for maintenance and resupply.  Each station will give civilians access to:

  • Generators and charging stations for personal devices
  • Secure internet (such as Starlink) and cellular access
  • Heated shelters for temporary use and additional individual supplies of blankets, disposable dishes, etc.
  • Hot tea and coffee, and select stations will also provide meals     

The Coca-Cola Company has also agreed to provide thousands of bottles of clean drinking water each day.  

Some warming stations will utilize existing Ukrzaliznitsia stations, while others will be located in cities that have been identified as having high need, but do not yet have operating rail traffic.  Collaboration with Ukrzaliznitsia is vital to achieving the project’s key objectives: serving as many civilians and evacuees as possible by being located near central transportation hubs, and remaining mobile, to enable rapid redeployment to other cities.  Most of the stations will be located in frontline cities and service areas that have only recently been liberated.

Stations will be operated by Nova Ukraine’s volunteer staff, who will take on a wide range of tasks including the logistics of supply and procurement, coordination of daily activity, volunteer engagement, partner management, as well as emergency response and risk mitigation.  Nova Ukraine project managers will be in charge of station staff and equipment, and will coordinate with other local volunteer networks and partners to ensure safe and sustainable operation.

Given the numerous internally displaced people and the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine, Nova Ukraine expects these stations to service from 500 to 3,000 people daily for the next three months as they relocate to safer areas of the country.  


About Nova Ukraine

Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 in response to the Russian occupation of Crimea and the initial invasion of Donbas.  Dedicated to providing aid to Ukraine at this time of conflict and hardship, Nova Ukraine engages a driven team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine and in the United States.  Their work touches all aspects of the humanitarian crisis, including the procurement of important medical equipment, delivery of supplies and food stuffs, and the coordination of efforts to help Ukrainians who were forcefully and unlawfully deported to Russia to return to Ukraine or allied countries.  Tens of millions of dollars have been raised to support these projects, with more than 98% of the funds going directly to humanitarian aid.

For more about Nova Ukraine, to learn, donate, or to see how you or your organization can get involved, visit www.novaukraine.org or contact us at [email protected].

About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is a private family foundation working to catalyze transformational change to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Foundation has donated nearly USD $150 million in humanitarian aid and food security assistance, and recently established a local NGO, The Ukraine Foundation, to oversee its work in-country.

About The Coca-Cola Company:The Coca-Cola Company is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. Since the war in Ukraine began, The Coca-Cola Company, its global bottling partners and The Coca-Cola Foundation have committed to contributions totaling more than $19 million to support its colleagues and humanitarian relief efforts.


Your donations and support for Nova Ukraine and Ukraine’s people come at a critical time. With your support, Nova Ukraine and its partners can keep providing vital equipment to those who continue to suffer the most from Russia’s unconscionable war.

Animal Welfare Annual Report 2022

As this year draws to a close, we would like to thank all our friends for your support, which makes our work possible. We couldn’t do it without you.

For Nova Ukraine volunteers, 2022 has been by far the busiest and the most difficult year to date, full of unprecedented challenges and great rewards. Through it all, we have been comforted by the enormous support we received and by the successes we had saving and improving the lives of  thousands of Ukrainians during these trying times. Here is how your donations have been spent.


Since March, we have been able to allocate $573,339 to animal welfare. Over the course of these ten months, we have shifted our funding distribution to ensure we provide the most valuable, efficient, and essential help. For Nova Ukraine, this meant focusing on small shelters and independent volunteers who do not have access to aid from other international organizations due to factors such as lack of English speaking ability, lack of computers, and no official status or registration. 

Over the past ten months, Nova Ukraine has increased funding for urgent veterinary procedures, preventative care, animal evacuations, construction, and equine care. At the same time, we have slightly decreased spending on food and wild and exotic animals. 

What sets Nova Ukraine apart is our closeness to Ukraine and understanding of the country’s needs on a very personal level. While many organizations are able to purchase and bring in food supplies, very few of them  have the knowledge and comfort level to commit to more unusual programs, such as shelter expansions, veterinary programs, and evacuations. Nova Ukraine volunteers understand the needs of the Ukrainian people in a very intimate way and are thus able to dedicate time and energy on programs others overlook.  In addition, we provide a thorough vetting process. 


Projects

Thanks to our donors, we have completed hundreds of animal welfare projects since March, all of which can be found in our Facebook Animal Welfare Reports Group. This first-hand reporting style allows our donors to view the recipients’ web pages and see exactly how their donations were spent. All Facebook posts are automatically translated to each user’s language, and updates are available on a daily basis.

Our spending chart (above) illustrates how we distribute our funding among all facets of animal welfare: food, shelter, veterinary care, and evacuations. In keeping with our mission to help all animals — not only companion animals — we have also provided essential aid to horses at equine centers and private stables and to exotic and wild animals at rescues, rehabilitation centers, and humane zoos.

Below are some of the most impactful projects we have established this year with your generous support.

Babinetskiy Shelter Expansion

Babinetskiy Shelter is located in Babyntsi, a small town situated between the now infamous Bucha and Borodyanka. The shelter was established to accommodate animals lost and abandoned in this region, which was so badly devastated by the war. This location was chosen for several reasons:

  1. Proximity to Kyiv, which results in higher adoption rates (animals are more likely to be picked up from a shelter in larger cities).
  2. This small town is sparsely populated, with enough open space around the shelter to prevent it from becoming a nuisance to its neighbors because of the noise.
  3. The town setting means that routine veterinary service is available at the local clinic, located in close proximity. Meanwhile, the proximity to Kyiv ensures emergency access to hi-tech veterinary services for injured animals.

The shelter has already accepted animals from Bakhmut, Lyman, Tsyrkuny, Vovchansk, and Kherson. These are some of the most devastated regions of Ukraine, which are now largely deserted as a result of massive evacuations. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that these animals left behind be evacuated as well, to keep them from succumbing to the cold and hunger.

Nova Ukraine has built nine large enclosures at this shelter. This provides space for about 20 large dogs, typically the most difficult animals to place. Providing enough space and preventing overcrowding is essential to improve the chance for these animals to adapt to their new circumstances. By providing humane living conditions, we ensure healthier, happier animals with fewer behavioral issues and a better chance at finding a loving home. Moreover, these kennel facilities create a long lasting, positive impact for the community of Babyntsi.

Animal SOS Veterinary Program

Veterinary care is an essential part of animal welfare. We are currently running 15 preventative veterinary care programs in seven regions of Ukraine. One of our largest programs is organized by Viktorija Korpusova of Animal SOS in Odessa. Since our initial cooperation in April, we have funded the spaying and neutering of 1,434 animals. Eleven clinics in the Odessa region were involved in this program, which provides discounted procedures for homeless animals. Although pricing for sterilization procedures varies significantly based on gender and size, the average sterilization price per animal in these clinics comes to $20.

Providing affordable sterilizations is a critically important aspect of animal welfare. Right now, all shelters in Ukraine are overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed. Our proactive spay/neuter programs are key to controlling the population of homeless animals. 

With so many animals becoming lost or  being abandoned, an increase among homeless animals can occur very rapidly. A cat can have a new litter of up to nine kittens three times a year, and a dog can deliver up to 12 puppies twice a year. This reproductive rate results in a catastrophic exponential increase, which will significantly deteriorate the quality of care that we — or anyone — is able to provide. More information about the importance of spaying and neutering animals can be found in our Spay/Neuter Blog from June.

In addition to providing spay/neuter procedures to shelters, we have also funded several trap-neuter-release missions. This effort involves a team of trained people who catch feral animals, provide sterilizations and vaccinations when possible, mark them (with a tag or a cropped ear), and then release them back where they were found. Animal welfare volunteers and organizations provide food for these animals, monitor their wellbeing, and track new intact animals. This effort helps us keep the feral population at least partially under check and healthy.

Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Insulation in “Home for Strays”

We started working with the shelter Home for Strays in April and then quickly realized how much our missions and approaches align. The shelter has trainers who volunteer to work with challenging animals; an active volunteer base that socializes and walks the animals; and a timely vaccination and spay/neuter program to make sure animals are healthy. In addition, the shelter is adoption-focused, with an experienced matchmaking team and a well-versed agreement that welcomes its animals back any time, for any reason.

Since the beginning of the war, the shelter has accepted 182 evacuated animals: 67 dogs, and 115 cats. Many of them arrive sick, injured, or emaciated. Every animal receives high-quality care. Of these evacuated animals, 77 (21 dogs and 56 cats) have already found new homes. This result rate is exceptional for  a war-torn country.

How we did it:

Initially we provided mostly basic supplies such as food, beds, leashes, collars, and crates. But gradually the needs of the shelter have shifted. By the end of March, the Kyiv region came under heavy shelling and was under partial occupation. Many of the volunteers who previously commuted across Kyiv to walk the dogs could not continue the daily travel. At the same time, more animals were coming from the frontlines.

In May we purchased a small mobile trailer for storage and a space for volunteers. By moving supplies to the trailer we freed up space at the shelter for incoming animals and provided space for volunteers to stay overnight when necessary to limit travel.

As the shelter became overrun with animals, we began to think bigger. The sudden influx made quarantining animals difficult. Even vaccinated animals were in danger of becoming sick because of their low immunity from the stress of war. During the hot summer the space was stuffy. Later on, the prospect of the cold winter worried the staff even more. Nova Ukraine came to the rescue. We funded an air conditioning system and insulated the shelter walls. These improvements provided temperature comfort for stressed animals, higher ventilation to minimize the spread of disease, and efficient temperature control for the volunteers.

With the help of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and our generous donors, we are continuing to expand Home for Strays, and are currently constructing additional kennels and cat boxes at the shelter.


Personal Stories

SKY

A soldier found Sky shortly after the liberation of Ruski Tyshky. Sky had a large infected wound on his torso and burns on his nose and ears — all likely the results of active warfare. Sky was surrendered to Animal Rescue Kharkiv, a rescue group Nova Ukraine has been supporting since March. After being treated, Sky made a full recovery and was adopted by friends of the soldier who rescued him. He now lives in a loving home in Dnipro, where he awaits a reunion with his hero.

RAISIN

A pregnant dog, looking for safety and comfort, made her way to a military position in Izum. Shortly thereafter, she had four puppies. Two were adopted, but the remaining two who stayed at the military position got sick. One perished soon thereafter, but Raisin was saved by the quick actions of a kind soldier who immediately had her transferred to a clinic. The timely veterinary care funded by Nova Ukraine saved Rasin’s life. She made a full recovery and found a home with three siblings who had waited for her to fill their hearts.

TAMIR

Tamir was a handicapped horse that was headed to the butcher. Years of racing were followed by extensive riding exploitation that left him with a shoulder and back injury. Prior to the war, a trainer noticed Tamir’s injuries and had him suspended from all physical work aside from photoshoots. Since the start of the war, many stables have faced great hardships: starvation due to lack of hay, epidemics due to lack of veterinary resources, and bankruptcy. As a result, many horses were sold for meat. When Nova Ukraine was notified about Tamir, we joined other volunteers in an effort to rescue him. We paid for his buyout so he could be adopted by an experienced stable owner. Tamir joined other handicapped horses in his new home, where he continues to recover and enjoy life.


Without the help of our kind donors, none of this would be possible. We are grateful for every dollar we have received. As the war continues, and there is no end in sight, we urge you to continue your support so we can scale and continue to grow, covering more and more ground, and bringing more and more animals to safety.

Please indicate “Animal Rescue” in your donation to direct funds towards our animal rescue efforts.

Animal Evacuations Explained

Have you ever wondered what goes into animal evacuations? These missions are an essential but complex part of saving animals in war-torn zones. We invite you to take a peek at the everyday life of our volunteers who orchestrate these arduous extractions in Ukraine.

Processing the initial request.

Once a new request for an evacuation comes in, we begin with triage. It’s important to determine the urgency of the request to allocate our resources accordingly. Criticality is determined by several factors – the state of the animals involved, the likelihood of losing access to the region due to shifting front lines or weather conditions, number of animals and people involved, and more. Currently, we are focused on getting as many animals out of evacuated and newly liberated towns. Evacuated areas (like Bakhmut, North Saltivka, Toretsk, Izum, Kupyansk) are mostly abandoned. Without people, homeless animals will succumb to hunger and the cold. Newly liberated areas face the threat of shelling due to their proximity to the front lines, and often have sick and injured animals that need urgent help.


Finding intake accommodations.

Once we know the location and number of animals needing evacuation, we begin searching for somewhere these animals can go. This is currently the most difficult step in the evacuation chain because after 10 months of war, every shelter in Ukraine is understaffed, overcrowded, and underfunded. European shelters have already absorbed a large amount of animals, and are understandably slowing down their intake. To solve this piece of the evacuation puzzle, we are expanding several shelters to increase capacity. The goal is to create humane and safe conditions in an inexpensive and transportable way. This means building enclosures, kennels, thermal dog houses, cat boxes, fencing yards, creating awnings, installing trailers, and more. Although many of these solutions are not major brick-and-mortar construction, they are meaningful pieces that can be used for years following the war. This allows us to combine immediate help with a long lasting impact for animal welfare in Ukraine as a whole.


Transportation.

Once we have the extraction point and an intake location, it’s time to plan the transport. This includes finding an appropriate vehicle, a fearless driver and accompanying person with animal experience, crates and carriers, fuel, appropriate documents for checkpoints, and sometimes a layover location that can accommodate all the 2-legged and 4-legged passengers of the mission.

To maximize the benefit of every trip, we aim to bring supplies when arriving for pick up. Typically we supply medications for the animals and people staying in the area, additional crates and carriers to have on hand for the next evacuation, pet food, and any other special requests we receive ahead of time.


Veterinary support for evacuated animals and the host shelter.

The safety of every person and animal involved at every step of the process is of utmost importance. We try our best to mitigate the danger of these inevitably precarious missions. One simple, yet effective part of this safety protocol is mass vaccination; providing herd immunity in the intake shelters by vaccinating shelter residents lessens the risk of contagion that would likely lead to an epidemic in a highly populated shelter.The second part that compliments this approach is providing quarantine space and immediate vaccination of the arriving evacuees. Additionally, we cover any urgent veterinary care that the arriving animals may require, and spay/neuter procedures once the animals are stable enough to receive them.


Long-term support for shelters.

We do not consider an evacuation complete unless we know there are enough resources at the new location. We strive to provide the basic necessities to keep everyone fed, healthy, and comfortable. Evacuations are a team sport, and it is important for us that shelters know that we are here to lend a helping hand when they need it.


Matchmaking.

Even though each successfully extracted animal is a victory in itself, it is also just the beginning of their second chance. We strive to find a home with a loving family for every animal. No matter how accommodating we can make a shelter, it will never live up to being part of a family. The consistent agitation of newcomers, the lack of human companionship, and limited space are just a few of the factors that deteriorate an animal’s physical and mental health at a shelter. Hence, it is essential that companion animals find loving homes. Although sometimes we get lucky, and an evacuee gets recognized and returned to their family, a vast majority of animals remain unclaimed. It’s extremely difficult to find families for homeless animals, especially in a country devastated by war. But little by little, our partner shelters manage to do it; with their help, people catch a glimpse of these animals’ beautiful souls through photos and kind descriptions. These are the stories that keep us going, late at night and early in the morning, at the computer and out in the field.


As you can see, evacuations are difficult and tedious.They often require around-the-clock engagement from some part of the team, an abundance of prep work, several backup plans, and lots of bravery from our teams on the ground. But despite the risks and exhaustion, seeing these sick, terrified, shivering animals slowly untuck and begin to wag their tails at a mere glimpse of affection makes it all worth it.

Everything we do is possible because of the generosity of our donors – regular people that choose to extend their hand to those that need it most. We see every donation, every dollar, and we put a lot of care and consideration into every spending decision to maximize our coverage and impact.


Without the help of our kind donors, none of this would be possible. We are grateful for every dollar we have received. As the war continues, and there is no end in sight, we urge you to continue your support so we can scale and continue to grow, covering more and more ground, and bringing more and more animals to safety.

Please indicate “Animal Rescue” in your donation to direct funds towards our animal rescue efforts.

Interview with the founder of the first volunteer mobile hospital In Ukraine

Nova Ukraine had an opportunity to sit down for a brief interview with Hennadij Druzenko, the founder of the first volunteer mobile hospital In Ukraine (FVMH). Here’s what he shared with us.

How and when the first volunteer mobile hospital (FVMH), which is named after Mykola Pirohov [a prominent surgeon, anatomist, scientist, humanist, and teacher, who lived in 1810-1881], was created?

FVMH was born from the spontaneous initiatives of the medical people at Maidan protest. In fact, FVMH was created in December 2013 after some students were beaten at Maidan. I appealed to the medical society with the call for action, “Now is the time when we are needed.” The first “baptism” happened on December 1, 2013, at Bankova Street, when the improvised medical brigades were rescuing the wounded protesters.

Then there were underground public hospitals. In particular, one on the premises of a publishing house “Nash [Our] Format” located in Podil district in Kyiv, has helped 150 wounded Maidan participants. Later, there was medical training at the time of war in Donbas. But, in general, FVMH — under this name and with this purpose — was formed as a response to the events that occurred in Ilovaisk in the fall of 2014. The idea was to prevent the unacceptable number of deaths from non-lethal wounds that we saw in Ilovaisk.

Who works at FVMH?

We have a small permanent staff: the executive director, the deputies, the car fleet staff, accountants, HR, etc. But 90% of our hospital’s staff consists of doctors who are volunteers who come to us on a monthly rotation and then return to their jobs. It allows them to continue earning a living, but at the same time to also fulfill an important mission.

From the beginning of the FVMH’s existence, almost 800 volunteer doctors were engaged — from paramedic drivers to the chief doctors of hospitals and heads of departments of medical universities. And since the full-scale invasion by Russia, we’ve had a rotation of 300 volunteer doctors to date.


What is the hospital’s geographical focus? (Which frontlines of which regions?) And to whom you are providing your assistance?

We work, in fact, in the whole area where there’s active combat. We started in the Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions. In May we moved to the East, where active fighting was happening, and from that time we had been working in the Donbas area. In particular, the two main bases are operating in Bakhmut and Sloviansk. Also, our doctors are based in Lyman, Zarichne, Kam’ianka, and the Mykolaiv region. During the time of its operation, FVMH has worked in 50 locations in active combat zones.

If possible, could you please tell us how many people have been helped by your hospital?

Before the full-scale invasion, we helped 56,000 patients, from very tough to easy cases. At the time of our Kyiv region activity, we weren’t keeping track, but the amount could be counted in thousands because we were transporting many heavily wounded from Irpin and Bucha. And, beginning in May, we’ve helped 4,000 wounded people in Donbas and approximately 1,000 in the Zhytomyr region. Thousands of lives were saved. 

What obstacles is your team facing?

Unlike most units of the Defense Forces, we are actually 90% equipped by the basic means. We have a large fleet of ambulances, which have modern equipment, we have safeguards, and communication equipment. Our biggest expenses are operational – it’s the logistics, the repair workshop, the financial department, and communication specialists.

On average, the operation of our hospital costs us $50,000 per month: it goes to the vehicle repair, fuel expenses, heating and special food supply for our doctors who are out on a mission, and the salaries of the official staff employees of the organization. Another challenge is the recruitment of the volunteer doctors. Unfortunately, the number of doctors who can leave their regular work and keep getting paid is getting lower (the current legislation, unfortunately, is not perfect in this area), and there could be certain problems with it [recruitment] in the future. 


What helps you and your colleagues continue this emotionally and physically hard work?

Our work is indeed really hard emotionally and is physically exhausting. We worked non-stop from February 26, so there is the burnout effect. But the response is simple — it is life itself and the incredible people around us. When I ask why the doctors keep returning to FVMH even though we do not pay them anything, and there are no social benefits whatsoever, they say that there is no other place where they can feel more human and so much needed. And also, it gives them the feeling of an extremely close family, where everyone supports each other and lends their shoulder.

Why it is Important to continue to support FVMH?

The response is very simple — because we save lives. We are different from Russia, because we value and fight for the life of every defender — and it is exactly what FVMH does. More than that, we do it very competently as we set the standards of tactical medicine on the battlefield due to better training, equipment and motivation.

Also, there is another response, which is deeper and more strategic. Any war concentrates the resources and competence in the hands of the state and it is very precarious because we may defeat Russia and then become Little Russia. Eventually, Putin built the legitimacy of his power based on the victory in the Chechen war. Therefore, it is very important that, along with the state’s power and the power of the defense forces, these islands of a successful civil society exist, and don’t allow the state to monopolize the whole space. It is necessary to remember that we are fighting not only for territorial integrity, but also for fundamental values — such as freedom, humanity and democracy — the ones which Russia does not have, by the way. And without the balance between the state and civil society, of which the FVMH is the representative, it would be just impossible.

That is why it is hugely important, especially during the war, when the power is concentrated in certain hands and when the censorship and discipline are being strengthened, to save and support such entities, which are not vertically structured, but are the manifestation of the civil society’s self-organization.

If you would like to volunteer for FVMH, please fill out this form.


Volunteer Metalworkers Turn to Heating Homes

Civilians throughout Ukraine are dealing with shortages of heating and electricity.  As winter sets in, Russia is focused on destroying the electrical grids and power plants of Ukraine’s cities to create as much hardship as possible.  Heating and water systems are heavily damaged, and for those who live in or near frontline towns, essential daily routines such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing have become luxuries.

Finding ways to heat living spaces is especially urgent.  Bombardments have destroyed or damaged many homes, making them uninhabitable.  Many people have relocated to basements or live in inadequate shelters that were never intended for residential use.  They lack proper insulation and heating systems.  Nova Ukraine is partnering with volunteers and metalworkers to build simple, portable, and effective wood-burning stoves for families and small groups of people to use for cooking, boiling water, and heating small living quarters.


Highlights:

From a former art and design space in Zaporizhia to a small manufactory in Odesa, volunteer metalworkers are producing hundreds and thousands of potbelly and rocket stoves of different sizes and capacities.  Nova Ukraine volunteers deliver these stoves to areas that have been hardest hit by outages, enabling the people to receive them to provide themselves with some of the basic necessities for surviving a cold winter: hot food, sanitized water, and a warm room.


Your donations and support for Nova Ukraine and Ukraine’s people come at a critical time.  With your support, Nova Ukraine and its partners can keep providing  vital equipment to those who continue to suffer the most from Russia’s unconscionable war.

Animal Welfare – November Summary

With the generous donations of people from around the world, over 50,000 animals have received help from Nova Ukraine since March. Over 4,000 animals have been evacuated, and over 2,400 surgeries have been performed.

We are humbled and honored by our donors’ trust, and we work hard to deliver meaningful and efficient projects in a transparent way.

To see daily first-hand reports from recipients, please join our Nova Ukraine Animal Welfare Reports group.


Happy Highlights:

Our team’s main goal is to provide a safe and healthy life for animals. What does this look like? Well, ultimately we want to see every animal living a happy life in a loving, caring family where they lead a life free from hunger, disease, fear, and pain.

Achieving this involves a multi-step process that includes providing essential needs such as food, shelter, and emotional and physical comfort. A combination of these factors creates a highly adoptable, well adjusted family member that can easily join a human companion or family. As a result, we see a high turnover and a short length of stay for animals at shelters that are able to provide these basic needs.

Here are some examples of how we fight for the bright future of each and every animal in Ukraine:


Home for Strays Shelter

We have been working with Home for Strays in Kyiv since April, and the results we have seen from this amazing team continue to inspire us. With well-being at the forefront of their mission, they engage a team of volunteers, veterinarians, behaviorists, and more to provide the best possible result. 

They have accepted 108 evacuated animals since we began supporting them, and their dedicated volunteers have worked miracles on the injured, anxious, and sick animals that have arrived at their doors. To help them continue this work, we have funded a ventilation and air conditioning system in their expanding shelter. Thanks to your donations, more projects are underway, and we can’t wait to share new achievements in our next report.


Lamb

Lamb was found in Kharkiv, injured and alone. He was terrified, covered in open wounds, and struggling to hide. His wounds were suggestive of a dog attack – an increasingly common occurrence with ongoing active fire, growing number of homeless animals, and a deficit of animal supplies. Animal Rescue Kharkiv, an organization we have supported since the beginning of the war, rushed over and collected Lamb. He has received immediate medical treatment, love and affection, food and shelter. He is fully recovered and is looking for his forever home.


Vaccinations and Sterilizations

We currently fund 15 programs for preventative care throughout Ukraine. Our main initiatives are located in the Kyiv, Vinnitsa, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, Kherson, and Odessa regions. Focusing on spay/neuter procedures and vaccinations allow us to gradually and humanely decrease the homeless population.


Without the help of our kind donors, none of this would be possible. We are grateful for every dollar we have received. As the war continues, and there is no end in sight, we urge you to continue your support so we can scale and continue to grow, covering more and more ground, and bringing more and more animals to safety.

Please indicate “Animal Rescue” in your donation to direct funds towards our animal rescue efforts.

Nova Ukraine cooperates with savED for reconstruction Ukrainian schools

The war against Ukraine has also become a war against education. 216 schools in Ukraine have been completely destroyed and 391 are damaged, leaving more than 177,000 children with no access to education. To counter the devastating effects of this lack of access, Nova Ukraine supports the savED charity foundation of Ukraine whose goal is to preserve access to education during the war as well as after Ukraine’s victory.  

savED is an international charity foundation which was launched in Chernihiv and operates across all of Ukraine. 

Of the 34 schools in Chernihiv, 2 have been completely destroyed and 25 were heavily damaged. Of 52 kindergartens, 37 were damaged. 29,711 school aged children and 10,263 kindergarteners live in the city, and consequently many of these children are not able to continue their education. It will cost 80 million dollars to restore the education infrastructure in Chernihiv fully. 

The reconstruction of damaged schools and kindergartens, and the continued efforts to keep Ukrainian children safe, are the priorities of this partnership. Nova Ukraine and savEDwill focus on repairing schools and arranging shelters in schools and kindergartens. We will also strive to restore the concept of a school as a safe space where children can come to every morning, an idea which has unfortunately been lost as a consequence of this war. 

Our priorities within our partnership with savED are to:

  • Reconstruct and equip classrooms in Chernihiv schools (budget for 1 classroom ~ USD $45,000)
  • Arrange shelters in schools and kindergartens (budget for 1 shelter ~ USD $50,000)
  • Support the mental health of children and teachers.
  • Aid the professional development of school principals and teachers to equip them with tools to create a safe and comfortable environment in schools that will inspire children to learn.

If you want to know more about this project or support it financially, please go to the page.

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