Help Tina and Andrew

Help Tina and Andrew

From Mel & JP Kathoefer

Raising funds for Tina, Andrew and their three children, supporting them fleeing from Ukraine and start a new life.

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If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’re probably aware of the current situation in Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainian citizens are fleeing the country for their safety, and the future remains very up in the air for the people of Ukraine.

Melanie met Tina and Andrew, a Ukrainian couple, on a surf trip in Nicaragua a few years ago and has been in close contact with them ever since. They are spirited adventurers, talented stop-motion animators, and parents to three beautiful children. 

Due to the recent Russian attacks, Tina, Andrew, and their children needed to flee their home country and leave everything behind, including their friends & family. After days of driving and walking, they crossed the Slovakian border on foot with little more than the clothes on their backs.  Now, they are trying to figure out how to provide long-term safety and security for themselves and their children. Faced with this heartbreaking dilemma, we are reaching out to our friends and community for support 


Melanie is currently coordinating options in France to provide a roof over their heads, but this won’t be enough. The family of five also needs transportation, food, and other resources to support themselves during this period of uncertainty. We are humbly asking family and friends to donate whatever they can spare so we can support our friends for the next few months until they settle in their new life. This is an incredibly painful and frightening time for the family; the least we can do is make sure they don’t have to worry about where they will sleep and what they will eat.

We would be incredibly grateful for any and all donations. If you’re able, please help this brave family start from scratch and have a reliable safety net as they build toward their new future.

Thank you for your time, and please feel free to share this with others who might be able to support.


  • Follow their journey on IG (Tina’s channel): @happyhippiefamily
  • Andrew’s IG: @andrew_aj_animator
  • Their Animation Studio: @happyhippielab
  • Work Vimeo:
  • Private Youtube Video Channel:


  • Tina
  • Andrew
  • Leon – kid (1 year)
  • Leeloo – kid (3 years)
  • Sava – kid (7 years)

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