Feeding their Resilience: our Ukrainian Family

Feeding their Resilience: our Ukrainian Family

From Marina Borysov

Slava and I’ve been waiting to see what specific strategic projects we can take on to support Ukraine but now we simply have too many families that need our support.

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Update #4

5 months ago

Hello friends,

It’s been nearly 3 months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Slava and I once again want to thank you for your contribution(s) to our fund. So far, we’ve distributed $3400 only among our family and friends. Know that you have impacted about 12 families. Their needs varied depending on where they relocated to, everyone's situation is different.

Our friends that are now outside of Ukraine are settling in with the idea that they are staying where they are for indeed an uncertain period of time. Noone expected this war to last this long. People that stayed in Ukraine are anxious but optimistic about the future. Everyone is trying to adapt to what the ‘new daily’ is, and it’s terrifying as you can imagine.

Our family is okay. Everyone is hoping and praying for this tyranny to be over. Occasionally, we hear good news from one region but then bad news shortly after from another region.

Thank you for your support, thoughts, and considerations. We are so lucky for each and every one of you.

With love,
Marina & Slava

p.s. The photo attached is of Yeva and Zlata Ognevich. Zlata is a Ukrainian singer that recently came through Denver with a fundraising concert.

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The time has come, friends. Today is day 14 of this War. Slava and I’ve been waiting to see what specific strategic projects we can take on to support Ukraine but at this point, we simply have too many families that need our support. We are starting to collect donations to support our closest family and friends in Ukraine.

I don’t think I need to tell anyone about the terror Ukrainian people have been living through since February 24, 2022. This has been heartbreaking to watch and hear about because our family and friends have been directly impacted.

Multiple families (women, children, and elders) had to flee my hometown Kharkiv with the few belongings they could carry and some still don’t have an end destination. They are simply on the run. Many families made a hard decision to stay and their future in Ukraine is just unknown. 

Slava’s family is in Central Ukraine. His aunt has been volunteering in the community, feeding and seeking clothing for refugees, while his uncle has been standing guard at the entry point to their small city, trying to protect what’s left of their beautiful county. Slava's babusya Yeva (who our own Yeva is named after) is hosting two families that had to flee from Eastern Ukraine in her small house in the village. One family in NE region still can't make it out of their city, because it's just too dangerous to be out on the roads in that area. 

We ask my friends and colleagues to donate to this small fund in hopes that collectively, our personal circle of friends can support these families on their unprecedented journey of immigration and recovery, as they work to rebuild their lives. Slava and I will be forever grateful.

p.s. There is a fee when donating through this site. If you would like to avoid the fee, feel free to use Venmo @Marina-Borysov or Zelle 7209391714

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Marina Borysov posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #4

Hello friends,

It’s been nearly 3 months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Slava and I once again want to thank you for your contribution(s) to our fund. So far, we’ve distributed $3400 only among our family and friends. Know that you have impacted about 12 families. Their needs varied depending on where they relocated to, everyone's situation is different.

Our friends that are now outside of Ukraine are settling in with the idea that they are staying where they are for indeed an uncertain period of time. Noone expected this war to last this long. People that stayed in Ukraine are anxious but optimistic about the future. Everyone is trying to adapt to what the ‘new daily’ is, and it’s terrifying as you can imagine.

Our family is okay. Everyone is hoping and praying for this tyranny to be over. Occasionally, we hear good news from one region but then bad news shortly after from another region.

Thank you for your support, thoughts, and considerations. We are so lucky for each and every one of you.

With love,
Marina & Slava

p.s. The photo attached is of Yeva and Zlata Ognevich. Zlata is a Ukrainian singer that recently came through Denver with a fundraising concert.

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Marina Borysov posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #3

Hello everyone!
We have the best (almost, as the end of this war would be) news! Slava's aunt was finally able to evacuate from Chernyhiv (City in rubles in the NE, pictured) last Thursday to a safer city in Central Ukraine! Their family is devastated and anxious, BUT safe!

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Marina Borysov posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #2

Hello everyobe,

Last weekend Slava and I wrapped up our fundraising campaign. With your thoughtfulness and generosity, we raised $5,606.96 through our Fundly page, Venmo, and Zelle transfers. This is so much more than we ever expected and are both sincerely grateful for your ongoing support. I must point out that besides your financial contributions, each one of you reached out and offered your positive thoughts and prayers. Many of you contributed to other causes that support Ukrainians right now and we are grateful for that as well. We try to be strong every day because of it. We believe that our family, friends, and all Ukrainians will prevail.

Our plan is to send out occasional updates on the distribution of the funds from this campaign. If you don’t want to receive updates, please let me know and I will remove you from the distribution list.

So far, here is where we’ve spent your funds:
-money to purchase an additional sleeping arrangement for a dislocated family of 7 at our grandmother’s house
-some money towards thermal wear for a family member who joined the territorial protection brigade
-money for medical supplies (Since people have been in and out of cold and dirty basements and bunkers, many people have been extremely sick. Can't forget about COVID too)
-money for hygiene, household items, and food for the displaced families
-money transfer to dislocated friends in the Czech Republic and Denmark, both mothers with kids

As you can imagine there are many nuances that go into all of these activities and we intend to be diligent and responsible with your funds as every dollar counts and every financial activity truly makes a difference. Currently, our biggest concern is Slava’s aunt, whose family is stuck in Chernihiv. The city has no water, electricity, or heat. Access to the city has been cut off so finding an escape route is nearly impossible and incredibly dangerous given that the city is on the border with Russia and Belarus. Luckily, this family doesn’t have small children and are all older adults in decent health.

We still have enough money to help those in need. We foresee that most of our help will be needed when this atrocious war is over and people will start to return to their homes, IF they still have those homes. I tried multiple times, unsuccessfully, to put my thoughts together on what our Ukrainian family and friends have been living through for nearly 6 weeks now. I can't fathom the emotional, mental, and psychological downhill they’ve been on. I refuse to think in-depth about the psychological trauma Ukrainian children will be impacted by for the rest of their lives. I keep wishing this is a short-lived nightmare we will all wake up from one day soon and pretend like nothing ever happened. It is heart-wrenching to realize the true and honest reality of the situation.

Slava and I are sincerely grateful to each and every one of you for your contributions to our fund. It has already been impactful and we hope to make an even deeper dent as we move forward. If you have questions about what’s going on in Ukraine, our specific family, friends, or anything else,-please reach out to us. Those who know me well, know that I’m a safe space for any kind of conversation.

Much love.
Marina and Slava Borysov

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Marina Borysov posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #1

Hello everyone! Slava and I are amazed by the financial support we received from our friends over the last few days. We are incredibly grateful for every single one of you. Together, WE WILL make a difference. Much love.

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