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!
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the second program period of our rehabilitation education centre DobroMore in Montenegro is in full thrust. There is a nice wheather in Montenegro, much sea and sun, and no such tension as in many other countries now. Our volunteers do everything to create an athmosphere of kindness, creativity, warmth and mutual support for the care-receivers and their family members, so that they can make a step to recreation and hapinness.
Let us wish them luck, and remeber in a pray.
A young care-receiver wrote: Read more
the second program period in rehabilitation and education center DobroMore is completed. Because of the travel rescriptions imposed in the end of March by many countries, we had to end it earlier than planned. The families and volunteers flew home, keeping in hearts the positive charge of bright emotions, love and mutual support. We thank very much all participants, volunteers and sponsors.
Counting the number of participants, this program period was much bigger than the previous one – more than 40 participants. There were 6 families of the care-receivers, of, 3-4-5 and even seven family members, the volunteers from Moscow, Petrozavodsk, Germany, Montenegro. There were master-classes held, the children did archery and hyppotherapy. Sea, hot spring sun, joy and hapiness…
Please wish best luck and success to our project, despite gloomy times we all enter now.
Dear friends, I congratulate you all on coming of spring – time of growth and inspiration!
In February, we have helped to pay:
a surgery at the Berlin cardiologic center for Anna Nikolaeva, 5 years old, St. Petersburg, diagnosis: atresia of the pulmonary artery type 3-4, tetralogy of Fallot;
a spinal surgery in a German clinic for Sergey Derkach, 28 years old, Ternopil region, Ukraine, retroperitoneal hemangiopericytoma with spread to the spinal canal;
purchase of a stroller and a rehabilitation course at the German TeraReha center for Lisa Ekimova, 8 years old, Tomsk, cerebral palsy, stroller, rehabilitation;
a block of chemotherapy for Ivan Boyko, 47 years old, Moscow, diagnosis: acinar prostate adenocarcinoma;
a debt to Heidelberg University Hospital for examination of Sasha Provotorov, 6 years old, Gatchina, Leningrad Region, brain tumor;
a monthly subsistence of the family of Artyom Agarkov, 7 years old, Volgodonsk, organic damage to the central nervous system, hydrocephalus.
Thank you for being with us!
In March, the following care-receivers are waiting for our help: Read more