Help Marco and Margarita

Help Marco and Margarita

From Dehne Chibras

Our friends Marco and Margarita were forced to flee their home in Kyiv after Russia invaded Ukraine. They face many expenses as they settle in a new country: housing, clothing, toiletries, food, medical/vet care, etc.

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Update #6

7 months ago

Hello everyone, Marco here.

The last 3 weeks in Paris have brought us a great deal of normalcy, even though we've been in touch with everyone in Ukraine, and we follow the news every day, multiple times a day. At times it's exhausting, but we've found moments where we decided not to look at the phones for an hour or two, to be able to enjoy the fact that we're here.

We have a couple more updates on the donations front:

- We took Pusha and Kobe for a vet check up. We needed a note certifying their health, so they can be admitted into the US. Fortunately they are healthy and ready to fly!

- We (mostly Margarita) got ahold of someone in Ukraine who works directly with the soldiers in the frontlines, and shared a list of many urgently needed pharmacy items (In the picture). We bought over 400€ of Aquatabs water purification tablets, enough to purify around 1500 liters of water; and other items like fever reducers, constipation medicine and hemorrhoid suppositories (yes, much needed).

We're sending this box after we add some snacks and gifts for our friends Oleksandra and Kostya, who have been in Ukraine the whole time and were able to return to Kyiv just recently. They will be the ones delivering the pharmacy products to the donation coordinators.

We are flying to the US on Friday, and we are excited to finally be heading to one of the places we call home. We plan to settle there, finally get some new clothes and prepare for a time when we can go back to Ukraine, to recover some of our things in Kyiv, and to see everyone there.

Thank you again everyone, and once we're in the US we will pass along the remainder of the your donations to further help Ukraine.

Have a great rest of your week everyone.

Marco

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Our friends Marco and Margarita were forced to flee their home in Kyiv after Russia invaded Ukraine.

They're fortunate to have remote jobs they can resume once they're in a safe place again. But they left home with just the clothes on their backs, a few essentials, and their two cats. As they settle in a new country, they face a number of expenses: housing, clothing, toiletries, food, and any medical/veterinary needs that may arise.

Marco and Margarita are grateful to be alive, healthy, and together. They insist that their situation is not dire, but they could use a little help as they figure out their next steps. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you. Gracias. Дякую.

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #6

Hello everyone, Marco here.

The last 3 weeks in Paris have brought us a great deal of normalcy, even though we've been in touch with everyone in Ukraine, and we follow the news every day, multiple times a day. At times it's exhausting, but we've found moments where we decided not to look at the phones for an hour or two, to be able to enjoy the fact that we're here.

We have a couple more updates on the donations front:

- We took Pusha and Kobe for a vet check up. We needed a note certifying their health, so they can be admitted into the US. Fortunately they are healthy and ready to fly!

- We (mostly Margarita) got ahold of someone in Ukraine who works directly with the soldiers in the frontlines, and shared a list of many urgently needed pharmacy items (In the picture). We bought over 400€ of Aquatabs water purification tablets, enough to purify around 1500 liters of water; and other items like fever reducers, constipation medicine and hemorrhoid suppositories (yes, much needed).

We're sending this box after we add some snacks and gifts for our friends Oleksandra and Kostya, who have been in Ukraine the whole time and were able to return to Kyiv just recently. They will be the ones delivering the pharmacy products to the donation coordinators.

We are flying to the US on Friday, and we are excited to finally be heading to one of the places we call home. We plan to settle there, finally get some new clothes and prepare for a time when we can go back to Ukraine, to recover some of our things in Kyiv, and to see everyone there.

Thank you again everyone, and once we're in the US we will pass along the remainder of the your donations to further help Ukraine.

Have a great rest of your week everyone.

Marco

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #5

Hi everyone, Marco here.

Once again, we want to thank you all for your kindness, donations, words of encouragement and overall support. We wouldn't be here if not for people helping us.

We finally got an interview for Margarita at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, so we traveled there, and the interview was conducted. As some of you know, her visa for the US was approved, finally.

Right now, we are in Paris, just trying to slow down, still working; and we will fly from here to our home in New York by the end of the month. When we were in Germany, and before we knew about the interview, we connected with a guy who offered to rent us an apartment in Paris for cheap, and we were planning to wait here for the Frankfurt interview. The interview happened almost right away after that, but we decided to still come to Paris because this was supposed to be our anniversary trip, before the war changed everyone's plans.

I want to clarify that we are still traveling with our own money, and your gifts are being used separately for donations and other help.

Yesterday, we sent our friend Sasha in Ukraine $400 USD to help move her and her family out of the city of Dnipro. It's the same city where Rita's parents live, so we're trying to be prepared and have everything ready in case they also want to leave.

Zavertalio, a small coffee shop in the center of Kyiv, is receiving payments for coffee and pastries that are passed on to the armed forces of Ukraine in the area, so we've gotten quite a few also, about $100 USD worth of orders. You can put coffee forward yourself using this link https://foods.w3b.services/menu/zavertailo

Another reminder that once we're out of the water, we will donate the bulk of the money that you gave us to help more people in Ukraine directly.

Thank you again, and I leave you a picture of Pusha and Kobe in Paris; they turned out to be more adaptable than ourselves.

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #4

Hi everyone, Marco here,

As you know, we're still in Berlin, and we're lucky to have had a lot of help from many people in the past couple of weeks, which honestly feel like months.

Today we used this amazing German site (adiuto.org) which lets you know in real time what items are needed and where to take them; all focused on helping the Ukrainian refugees.

With your donations, we were able to buy and deliver:

- 30 FFP2 Masks (not pictured)
- 6 Bags of nuts and dried fruits
- 4 Large bags of cookies
- 32 Wafers individually wrapped
- 2 Packages of marshmallows w/chocolate
- 2 Bags of raisins w/chocolate
- 6 packs of wet dog food

All of the food is basically food that they give everyone for free at the Berlin Central Station; they have seating space and people can have coffee or tea with food there. The effort to help people is truly massive, with tenths of volunteers speaking Ukrainian, Russian, English and German guiding people from their trains directly to where they can get help.

This was just under 100€, but thanks to the site, we know these items are needed urgently and will be used right away. We will keep an eye on that site to buy more donations whenever we have another chance.

Thank you everyone and even though we surpassed our goal, please know that we are still asking for support, especially so we can help others directly. Keep spreading the word!

Love from Margarita and me.

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #3

Hello everyone, Marco here.

We can't thank you enough for your continuous support. We've been extremely lucky to have found help everywhere we've been, starting with everyone who has contributed to this fund. We are in Berlin now, hosted by yet another friend of a friend. We are waiting for US Embassy communication to have Margarita's immigration interview in Germany.

Before we left Poland, we made a quick run to get a small pack of donations for the local teams that are helping Ukrainians directly, providing everything they need in designated points around the city of Zamosc. These were just about $200 USD in products.

Our (and your) donations included:

Water (not pictured, that was a separate trip)
Baby food pouches (20)
Baby food jars (10)
Diapers (about 250 of them, in two different sizes)
Menstrual pads (10 packs)
Deodorants (15)
Band Aids (10 boxes)
Antiseptic wipes (10 packs)
Tuna cans (10)
Packs of crackers (10)
Pre-packaged bread (5)
Nut mix packages (10)
Dog food (6 bags)
Cat food (6 bags)

Our Polish family helped us to take this to the help point, and they donated a few things themselves. They are unconditional with all the help and love for Ukrainians, and we were fortunate enough to receive some ourselves. Agata, Tomek, Ola and Julka, they are our family forever.

Here in Berlin there's also a big effort to help Ukrainians, specifically at the Berlin Central Station, where they are giving food, clothes, essentials and even SIM cards with prepaid internet. We are planning to donate to those efforts too.

Another reminder that after our expenses are all accounted for, we will donate money directly to a Ukrainian institution helping people IN UKRAINE, as there are many many more people in the country who also need help.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts.

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #2

Hello everyone, this is Marco.

First and foremost, Rita and I would like to thank everyone immensely for all the help we've gotten so far. Every donation means the world to us, not because of the monetary value, but because it means that you are willing to put aside something that you wanted for yourself, and instead decided to help us out. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Pusha and Kobe might not know how good they have it, but we're sure they're thankful too.

There's two updates I wanted to share with you.

1. At the border we met Agata, a Polish woman who just found in her heart to drive there and try to help someone. She unconditionally put all 4 of us in her car and brought us to her house. Her husband Tomek and daughter Yulka had a room for us, clean sheets and towels, warm food and even litter for the cats. They've treated us like family and introduced us to family and friends, everyone willing to help however they can.

2. One of our closest friends, Ira, and her 10 year old boy, Elisei, are on a train coming from Dnipro at this moment. Agata will drive Rita to the border to pick them up when they arrive. We cannot wait to see them, give them a hug, and breathe a little easier when they're safe. That is to say that your donations will also help alleviate Ira and Elisei's heavy load, emotional and financial.

Those of you who know me know that I am a little too cautious when it comes to spending (some people call it being cheap, but whatever), so I want to assure you that we will make sure that every penny is well spent and covers a basic necessity; particularly for Elisei, and of course Pusha and Kobe.

On that note, we want to be very clear, we are not in dire need, and we are trying to cover any unexpected expenses. Most likely, the bulk of the money will be passed on to others via the Red Cross or other organizations as there are hundreds of thousands of people who left home and find themselves in much more difficult situations. We initially mentioned the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but since then, they've finally received support from NATO and the EU, so we'd like to focus on the people. We will inform you with receipts when that time comes.

Thank you again to everyone who has kept an eye on us, and keep spreading the word about the tragedy in Ukraine, help is needed everywhere.

Marco

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Dehne Chibras posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #1

Hello, everyone! We just launched our Fundly and have good news: Marco, Margarita, and the cats are safely out of Ukraine.

Their journey is not over. Now they must figure out next steps. Thank you for supporting them through this difficult situation.

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