In 2017 & 2018 I was travelling between Ukraine and Poland - staying several times in Avdiivka and Marinka – small towns on the Donetsk suburbs, touching the front line of Eastern Ukraine. I became close to the local community in Avdiivka. Peace & Love Action I undertook aimed at supporting them with the goods they could not have efforded on their own. Thanks to donors, crowd-funding gathered more financial resources, than expected. For now, Peace & Love initiative is completed, but it is to be re-opened sometime in April/May 2019.
Members of the local community live in simply furnished rooms. All of them are situated in a single tenant block in Avdiivka. Walking through the block one may see just regular apartments people live in, whereas others are used for other purposes. There is a dancing room where teenagers are taught how to dance. There is also a room where Ira lives. She is a make-up artist. Her son died during one of the shellings. In a nearby room two other women live: Tanja and her daughter Kristina. All three do not posses their own homes. Tanja's house was completely destroyed by a tank missile in 2014. It has not been rebuilt since then. In winter it is packed with snow. Just next to Ira's room Protestant Church operates. Chairs, old TV set and a cross.
Elena Pisareva rents a space in which the community lives. A place which has spontaneously became a kind of rescue-help center. Not-official one but needed. Elena prepared a list of goods, people lack. First of all they needed: heaters, water cattles, electric cookers, beds, wardrobes, towels, and bedding. Most crucial were heaters provided at the beginning of the action. Before crowdfunding was finished, most of the income had been transferred to Elena’s bank account. The money arrived a few days after a martial law had been imposed in 10 Ukrainian districts.
Elena can accept now up to 25 people. Before that 6-7 individuals could have been accommodated there. The local conditions have improved. A full documentation covering all the purchased goods You may find here.