Thank you all for your support!
Our volunteers, despite the difficult times, continue to help. Now many families with sick children require support – financial, psychological, organizational- more than usual.
We are cooperating even more closely with many organizations, including those in Russia. In recent months, we have managed to provide humanitarian assistance on the spot thanks to the amazing project of our Moscow colleagues Galaktika Dobra (“Galaxy of Good”, galaktika.dobra at Instagram) that helps low-income families all over Russia.
Even more support is needed for our care-receivers, who, despite the quarantines and restrictions, manage to break through to Europe for a treatment. Sometimes this is the last chance to save a life. Sometimes the Lord sets it otherwise. But even then, we remain close…
Here are excerpts from a September report of a local volunteer group in Germany:
Thank you all for the support!
In August, your help was received by
Alexey Afonin, 5 years old, St. Petersburg, neuroblastoma of the right adrenal gland;
Artem Kashira, 23 years old, Tula region, Russia, traumatic brain injury at birth;
Yaroslav Andreev, 9 years old, Kaluga region, Russia, cerebral palsy;
Maxim Antonenko, 28 years old, Ukraine, progressive left-sided squamous cell carcinoma;
Serhiy Derkach, 29 years old, Ternopil region, Ukraine, hemangioendotheliopericytoma (spinal injury);
The big Kochnov family from Rostov region, Russia.
In September, the following care-receivers are waiting for help: Read more
With us, helping others is easy! Even in difficult times.
We support the families in Russia and the families of children who came to Europe for treatment.
In the last months, we have managed to help:
– to pay off the housing debt of the family of Ilya Sorokin, 19 y.o., Vladimir Region, Russia, consequences of traumatic brain injury;
– to support financially Kochnov family from Rostov region, Russia, where all three children are sick: Luka, 6 years old, bronchopulmonary diplegia, Vanya, 8 years old, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, optic nerve atrophy, Damir, 13 years old, asthma;
– to pay off a part of travel expenses for treatment of archpriest Vyacheslav Perevezentsev, cancer;
– to pay off a part of a rehabilitation course in Crimea to Yaroslav Andreev, Kaluga, Russia, 9 y.o., cerebral palsy.
And this is not only about financial assistance, but also about showing care – often this help is no less important than the financial one. Thank you for being with us!
In August, our help is awaited by: Read more
In the last weeks, a lot of beautiful and joyful events have been happening. And it is important for us to notice this. The manifestations of mercy, wisdom and unity come all around us and, in the most decisive moments, remind us what means to be a human in these unprecedented times.
Over the whole planet, people are helping their neighbors, buy and prepare food for those in need. The volunteers and organizations feed free of charge the doctors fighting the pandemic at the forefront, bring groceries and free lunches to families who need help.
In some countries, the military hostilities are stopped to insure the food delivery to the poor. In some countries, the migrants and refugees are granted a residence permit, including access to free medical care and social benefits …
The volunteers of Diaconia, like all people, act as the changed conditions imply and accept the challenges of the time. Below are excerpts from the reports of the coordinators over the past months:
I hope that your mind is not totally absorbed by thoughts about pandemia, and there is a room to feel real life – and, if you wish so, you can feel how steadily you stand on a floor, either cold or warn, how a fresh wind or a warn sun ray touches your skin, what is a view from your window… To live in a moment, here and now, is very important for preserving harmony and keeping in good spirits. Also, for being able to help others in this difficult time. Help to those in hospitals, or orphaned, or under arrest, or diagnosed with grave illness, those who take care of an ill child… To all those in fear.
Now we are close to each other as never before. We can feel from inside the state, feelings and thoughts of our care-receivers, people who constantly fight a dangerous and grave disease.
It is important to remain human and support each other now.
We are in need of each other. Our prayers, time, money, spiritual and physical powers are needed. The Resurrection of Christ is close by!
Thank you for being with us! Read more