Mission Ukraine: an ARU International Community Experience

Mission Ukraine: an ARU International Community Experience

From William van Boesschoten

I'm raising money for Mission Ukraine, a volunteer programme I'm taking part in run by ARU for disadvantaged children in Ukraine

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On Tuesday the 5th of June, 2018, I'll be travelling to Ukraine with a group of other volunteers to take part in Mission Ukraine, an International Community Experience run by Anglia Ruskin University. 

We'll spending ten days in Chernihiv Medical Centre, which carries out complex medical and social rehabilitation for children with problems of the central nervous system, learning difficulties and other conditions that lead to social exclusion. During our time there, we will help to make practical improvements around the centre, lead workshops for the children and make visits within the local community.

On a personal level, I leapt at the opportunity to volunteer, since my late maternal grandfather, Ivan, was Ukrainian. After settling in the UK following the end of the Second World War, he never returned to Ukraine. I want to see his country, his home, and understand what it means to me and my cultural heritage, so, for twelve days after the conclusion of the programme, I'll be travelling around Ukraine by myself.

As well as helping to pay for the trip, at least £200 will go towards the medical centre to improve the facilities and the quality of care offered to the children.

Thank you, in advance, for any donations you can afford to make. The opportunity to volunteer in my grandfather's country.

For more information, see: https://www.anglia.ac.uk/international-community-experience/mission-ukraine

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