My dear ones… It was difficult for me to write anything in the first days of the war. The thoughts did not keep pace with emotions, the emotions did not keep pace with the actions. I did not know what to write to console anyone who was involved in this situation: our care-receivers and volunteers, our friends and relatives on both sides, our children … For our psyche, there is no difference if a terrible thing happens with us or with those far away. What matters for it is the feeling and experience at the present moment. To help yourself, you need to help others!
And we just have started to work.
During the fortnight of the war in Ukraine, we have helped to about 115 people to leave the war zone. We have sent several cars with humanitarian cargo for refugees at Polish border. We have supported them upon arrival to Germany and have found the housing for about 80 people. Mainly, we have helped the families with seriously ill and disabled children, the families with many children, and single elderly people.
Some of these we knew well already, some we did not. Yet now – after we have pulled them out from under shelling, from the rubble, from the basements of destroyed and deenergized houses, have transferred then in overcrowded trains, buses, cars in endless traffic jams on shelled roads, have settled the exhausted at night in filled-to-the-brim city of Lviv, have supported while they stood in a 28-hour line at the border crossing, have found a place for them at another side of the border or sent immediately to Germany with a bus or train, have met at the stations of Berlin or Munich, given shelter, wiped away their tears , let to take a shower and sleep in a safe place for the first time in fortnight – after all this we regard them as a family.
I wish to thank our crisis team volunteers. They hardly slept for the first week, forgot about food, stayed in touch 20 hours a day, supported each other, gave themselves only 20 minutes of rest a day: to go out and exhale – to look at spring and their children, to remain sane and able to help. They wrote and called to hundreds of people, and persistently searched for a way out and help for everyone who appealed to us!
Thank you for being there! Thanks to all the organizations and volunteers in Germany, Ukraine and Russia with whom we could save lives together. Thank you for supporting all this work with your prayers, information, and money! We continue to help! We pay for medicines, treatment, subsistence for everyone who has suffered from this war. And the most defenseless ones – the sick children – have suffered the most. Some have lost their homes and loved ones, cannot receive their medicines and treatment. The others have become the hostages of sanctions: they lost access to vital medicines, the
means to continue treatment, and cannot get to European clinics where they are expected to save their lives. We are – all together, regardless of nationality and place of residence – humans. We have a common task to do – to help others. Thank you to everyone who is trying to keep peace inside the soul and in outer world!
In March, your help is awaited by:
Let me conclude with several words of a psychologist. In a situation where the information flow is overwhelming, and it is not clear where the truth is, you better switch to positive activities. Do something related to taking care of yourself or your loved ones. Decide for yourself whether you need negative emotions now. Do they help you or hinder you in some way? And if you answer is – they hinder, you have to try to reduce the negative background. If to give people anything now, then it should be reconciliation.
HURRY TO DO GOOD!
I wish health to you all! Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
I embrace you heartily,
Yours Alina Titova