June 8, 2015
By Yevdokia “Dunya” Sheremetyeva (little_hirosima)
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
[To read Yevdokia Sheremetyeva’s other dispatches from the Donbass, click on the “littlehiroshima” tab above the title.”
Zhenya recently wrote on her facebook page: “Since December 2014, Dunya dressed over 750 families who found themselves in difficult circumstances. That’s how it is.” So why don’t I write about that? 😉
We take clothing on every trip. We try to take only a little–there isn’t much room in the vehicle (we need an 18-wheeler…), so that’s our last priority. The top priorities are food, medicines, and personal care products. When we arrive, we almost never have enough time to deliver everything in person. Therefore clothes rarely make an appearance in the reports.
However, everything gets delivered where it needs to go. Thanks to everyone who donated these items!
Zhenya and Lena are our Lugansk fellow volunteers and good friends to boot, who take care of the distribution after we depart.
Lenochka, a Stakhanovite Hero of Labor, sorts and lays out everything–children’s clothing here, adult there, everything by size.
A lot of it is delivered to specifically designated families, but the majority goes to orphanages and family assistance funds.
And, obviously, Zhenya and Lena also deliver to these institutions food which we transported here.
I don’t know why, but I have many gigabytes of photographs such as these, but so far I haven’t uploaded them.
It’s a bit late to post old photos. But in the future I’ll try to post new reports.
Reports on targeted aid take up a lot of time to write ((((
Zhenya on facebook
“We delivered on Yevdokia Sheremetyeva’s behalf a box of food, diapers, baby food, and medicine to a girl with a one-month-old baby who is at the 3rd Children’s Hospital with pneumonia. The girl is an orphan. Her husband abandoned her at the start of the war and left. No trace of him. There’s no-one left to help her. The kid feels entirely hopeless. When she saw how much we delivered, her eyes were like dinner plates… “That’s all for me?” she whispered. While I was taking photos, a nurse came up quietly, took me by the hand and said “Pardon me, but we have one more single mom here. She has nobody left. We bring her food ourselves. Could you help her too?” We can. We’ll go there tomorrow.”
Usually it all looks like this:
We drive to Lugansk, and then Lena and I, with our lists, stand next to a mountain of food, diapers, and clothing. “Diapers size 2, porridges and mixes, baby fever medicine–goes to this family.” “Adult diapers, hypertension tablets–here.” “Remember what I wrote about the T**** family, they needed this, this, and that medicine?–put it all here, and we also need disposable diapers and more impregnated wipes, after all they have no water at all.” So this goes here, and that goes there…
And when we depart, everything that we didn’t have time to deliver ourselves, Zhenya and Lena do for us. They continue our work almost every day.
Zhenya, Lena–thank you! What would we do without each other???
But most importantly–thanks to those who donated the clothes, transferred money, and trusted us!
Distribution at the family assistance fund:
“Irina Budnikova, she’s only 56. Said that now she can go outside. She hasn’t been outside since her mother’s death in October.”
Lidiya Yakovlevna, 70. She received her retirement check only once, and she used it to cover the rent which, even though it is partially forgiven, she needs to pay nevertheless.
Zhenya on facebook:
“Today we drove to Krasnyyy Luch. To an orphanage. Our hearts warmed up when we saw that the kids recognized us and ran out, happily screaming, to greet us. We are family and they recognize us! 😉 Food, candy, medicine, clothing, toys, household chemicals, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc.”
Most of the stuff isn’t even on the photo–we deliver it wholesale to the family aid fund.
And I have a whole box of letters from them, these are but a few:
Thank you, everyone who donated! Pardon me for the “Thank you, Dunya” sign, but it’s there to make it clear that it’s from us.
J.Hawk’s Comment: Yevdokia Sheremetyeva contacted me recently to express her gratitude to Fort Russ for translating and posting these accounts, but especially to the several members (at least 10!) of the Fort Russ community who responded with offers of assistance and who already donated money to the cause. You know who you are! Because, let’s face it, Nobel Peace prizes have been awarded for lesser deeds than what she and her colleagues have accomplished.