Today on the CO-XST: The podcast, we speak with Iryna Mylyanovska – a resident of Ukraine currently living in Kiev with her family.
Amidst the troubling war and between the bombs and explosions of what is now everyday life, this beautiful woman and brave Ukrainian chose to plan her wedding and marry the love of her life while providing a day of celebration for those that needed it most — her friends and family. A time to connect with loved ones, laugh, indulge, and dance the night away for just one night – choosing family, love, and her country rather than crossing the border to “safer” territories.
On this podcast, Iryna speaks of the bravery of the country as a whole and the fight of their life for freedom. This one holds close to our hearts.
For those interested in helping those like Iryna currently living in the warzone, please note resources provided below.
The Ukrainian Red Cross
The Red Cross is often on the front lines of war, serving to help those affected by armed conflict. The Ukrainian Red Cross is assisting people inside the country by aiding with collecting blood, mobilizing volunteers and resources and conducting emergency activities.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen (WCK), established in 2010, is an organization that deploys chefs directly to disaster areas to provide hot meals to those in need. Since February, WCK has provided over 100 million hot meals and meal kits to those in need in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
GlobalGiving is raising funds to support locally-led organizations throughout Ukraine. Donations to the fund will provide essentials for refugees, plus health and psychological support as well as access to education and economic assistance. To date, the fund has raised more than $54 million.
Contributors can also donate directly to GlobalGiving partners for specific projects, including helping Ukrainian children with cancer, providing transport for rescued pets, evacuating orphans and more.