So while volunteering with First Things Foundation and Caritas Lublin on the Polish-Ukrainian border, I met Tania, a refugee from Kyiv. You can see her in the video above.
Tania is a singer-songwriter and arrived in the town of Lublin with almost nothing. Due to overcrowding on the buses and the urgency of the evacuations, refugees often arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing and some small personal effects.This is particularly a problem for musicians like Tania. The one means they have for processing such an experience—their instruments—must be left behind.
Hearing Tania's story, I made a judgement call and used First Things Foundation donations to purchase her a new guitar so she could continue playing and writing music while in exile from her war torn country.
Here is Tania playing that new guitar in the Old Town of Lublin.
It is an original song of hers.
She has already written three new songs about the war.
I would like to continue this project, helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland (and other states) acquire new instruments so they can cope with their experiences and find some semblance of sanity in their lives that have suddenly been turned upside down.
But in order to do this, I need your help.
A new guitar can cost as little as $200.
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