After a few days acclimating in Romania, Sam, Asher and the YWAM team took 22 hour bus ride from Romania into Ukraine. The team have now been working for the past 4 days. The goal has been to build 100 emergency shelters in ten days for families who have lost their homes as a result of the war. With winter coming, 10's of 1000's of people are at risk of dying of exposure.
As they are building they are hearing harrowing stories of peoples experiences of the last few months, and how they went from living a normal life to loosing everything, many including family members.
With the construction of the Emergency shelters we are hoping that it will give the families a landing place that is warm and dry as they begin to rebuild their lives.The team are working hard and each shelter only takes a few hours to put together, so they getting a few built each day. They currently have funding for about 80 shelters.
Thank you for your generous gifts. Many of you have given so generously to help with the costs of materials for shelters or with Sam & Asher's travel costs. Thank you for being part of this trip with us.
I'll email a full report when they get back, but if you want to see daily updates you can follow @YWAMKYIV @HOMESOFHOPEGLOBAL and @HOMESOFHOPE.CLUJ on Instagram to see current photos and stories.
February 24th was a day that changed everything for millions of Ukrainians.
Can you imagine that one day your whole world is turned upside down? If you stay, you risk losing your life, along with your home, and your community. If you flee you are sure to lose your home, your culture, your country. You must do it as fast as you can; therefore, the only things you can take with you are things you can carry, most importantly being your documents and medicines.
We've all been watching the devastating atrocities going on in the Ukraine over the last months, and it breaks our hearts, as with every bomb that explodes, thats another family that has lost a loved one one or their possessions or their home.
As a ministry we've been looking as to what is our response, and we've decided we can do what we do best, which is build homes for needy families.
YWAM San Diego / Baja has partnered YWAM Kyiv and YWAM Cluj and is committing to build 100 homes for needy families over the next weeks. As the harsh winter comes in to Ukraine, this will be 100 families that will have a roof over their heads and will not be sleeping on the streets this winter.
For more information and to donate to the project, visit: www.buildinghopewithukraine.com
How Can You Help?
Sam and Asher have committed to be part of the team to build homes in Kyiv and will be in Ukraine from 23rd August - 5th September.
They fly into Romania and then take the 10 hour drive to Kyiv.
Currently they are needing $2000 each to get there. This includes $1400 for Flights and $600 ground fees.
Any Extra money raised will be given to help fund the materials for the homes
Please consider being part of helping them get to the Ukraine to serve families in desperate need.
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