Our friends in Ukraine

For those of you who have been involved with, or following our projects for a while, you may have been worried about the several youth groups and community organisations we support in Ukraine.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have been hurt or killed in the recent turmoil and violence there, and to those who love them. We have of course been wishing for a rapid, peaceful solution, and naturally welcome today’s news regarding elections — although Aid Convoy absolutely does not adopt any partisan stance.

Meanwhile though, we have been in touch with our friends in the country in recent days, and can happily report that the current machinations have not significantly affected the cities or villages where they are based; these are primarily somewhat north of Kiev (close to Chernobyl in particular), a fair distance from the present violence.

“Our Generation” growing up

This month we were thrilled to be invited to a wedding in Ukraine. The bride was Tonia, for a very long time the co-ordinator of the “Our Generation” youth group in Chernihiv, and one of the most selfless and enthusiastic community workers we’ve ever known.

Ukrainian wedding

It’s a real mark of how strong a bond was built up between our UK volunteers and the young people in Ukraine that two of us were invited to this very personal occasion in Crimea. That’s really why we’ve chosen to post this on Aid Convoy’s website — in order to show new volunteers another aspect of how much there is to be gained from working with us. It’s also of undeniable value to the young people in sometimes isolated communities, because we are sometimes the first outsiders they have known, and certainly give them extra confidence to make new connections with the world.

We wish the happy couple very, very well!