A home for Ukrainian families fleeing war
A man holds his young baby close, repeatedly kissing her rosy cheeks as she laughs. Because of her, his family fled Odessa as soon as the bombs started. “We decided not to leave for Poland or Germany but to the west of Ukraine. We’ve been here a month.”
By here, he means a sanatorium, one of the six across Ukraine being supported by your generosity and run by the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU).
The sanatoriums of Eastern European have an interesting and storied history. In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, factory workers routinely visited these medical institutions/health spa for two weeks of government-prescribed rest and relaxation. After participating in doctor-directed itineraries ranging from thermal spas and massage to electrotherapy and calisthenics, workers would then return to their jobs renewed and reinvigorated. Their heyday has long passed, but you can still find sanatoriums scattered across the continent. While some continue to operate as health resorts, many others have become de facto refugee shelters. With their dining rooms and hostel-like layouts, they are ideal for housing families who have left everything behind.
More than six million Ukrainians have left their country since the war began in late February, but millions more have stayed, fleeing to safer places within Ukraine far from their homes.
Your gifts are comforting families with shelter, essential items and medical supplies
Your generosity is embracing families in Ukraine with the critical support they need right now. Specifically for those families staying at the sanatoriums, you are providing:
- Housing for more than 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) forced to flee heavy fighting in the eastern and southern parts of the country with no other means of support.
- Food, supplies and equipment. Many Ukrainians arrive at the sanatoriums with only the clothing on their backs. Your gifts are providing essentials including food, folding beds, pillows, heaters, laundry detergent, toilet paper and personal hygiene items. And since kids do not stop being kids during war, there are toys to bring smiles and the gift of play.
- Quilts and Kits. Because of your generosity, we are channeling quilts and kits to these facilities, bringing some much-needed comfort to families.
You are also providing critically needed supplies and equipment to two hospitals in Ukraine. This includes medical supplies such as stethoscopes, thermometers, and needles, trauma supplies such as surgical and wound care kits, defibrillators and stretchers as well as medicines like insulin and morphine to help with chronic illnesses.
With your continued support, we will continue to expand our response to reach more Ukrainians.
Thank you for caring for our Ukrainian neighbors. Your love and support are making our entire response possible. With your continued support, we will expand our response to reach more Ukrainians.