Project Location: Pochaiv, Ukraine
Project Type: Health

Background: Chalice has been partnering with the "World of Children" charity in the Ivano-Frankivsk and Volyn regions since 1999.

Chalice community projects - winter home heating for families in Pochaiv, UkraineSponsored children live with their families in both urban and rural areas. Prior to the pandemic, many parents entrusted their children to live with relatives while they sought work outside of the country. But international border closures have eliminated that option. Even before the COVID-19 shutdown with its crippling economic impact, parents in Ukraine were already facing the challenges of ballooning costs of necessities such as food and heating. The pandemic caused many families to lose their source of income, adding greater urgency to this situation.

Having a gas connection for cooking and heating is not affordable for sponsored children's families, and the price of gas continues to rise easch year. They therefore depend on firewood to cook their daily meals as well as heat their homes during the Ukrainian winter, which lasts an average of seven months.

The increased cost of gas has led more Ukrainian families to also turn to firewood for heating. This has pushed the most vulnerable families of sponsored children "on the edge of survival," writes Halyna, the site director.

This project will enable 80 of the most vulnerable families in four communities connected to our Pochaiv sponsor site to purchase enough firewood to last them the long, cold winter. This will not only improve the safety and comfort of 120 sponsored children, but their cumulative 180 family members. The cost will be $359 per family.

Budget in Canadian Funds: $38,332.26 CAD
Project Code: UPP0621B

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