U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Sends Another Large Container of Medical Supplies & Equipment to Ukraine
February 4, 2016 – For the second time in less than a year, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, as part of its Health Care and Humanitarian Aid Program and its #SoundTheAlarmForUkraine Campaign, has organized the release of medical supplies and equipment to Ukraine.
Over the course of the past 18 months, the Foundation has provided nearly $600,000 in financial resources or medical product to Ukrainian hospitals and organizations involved in treating those injured from the war in Eastern Ukraine.
For this cargo shipment, the Foundation has coordinated the eventual delivery to Kharkiv with the NGO, the International Agency for Regional Development – GloBee, which is located in Kharkiv and is engaged in providing humanitarian aid to hospitals in the region.
The container, with its cargo valued at an estimated $150,000, is loaded with high-quality medical equipment including hospital beds , examination tables, portable chairs with transformers, oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs, supports for internal injections, donor chairs, medical furniture , surgical packs and other high-valuable medical supplies.
In seeking and obtaining humanitarian supplies here in the U.S., the Foundation primarily works with the Brother’s Brother Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based international charity with warehouse facilities in Northern Virginia. Overseas shipping coordination is handled by the firm, Meest America Inc.
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation wishes to thank its many donors and volunteers who have generously contributed financial gifts or their time in making the Foundation’s humanitarian aid work successful over the past 18 months.
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Religious Leaders of Ukraine Deliver Appeal for Aid to President Obama
Washington, DC, November 9, 2015 – Representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations met with Obama Administration officials today, delivering a letter to the President calling for the U.S. government to play a greater role in delivering aid to the millions in Ukraine in dire need of humanitarian assistance as the season’s freezing temperatures set in. The All Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations members represent 85% of the citizens of Ukraine.
Representing the Council were Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko) and Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. They met with the following representatives of President Obama’s Administration:
- Dr. Charles Kupchan (Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs)
- Melissa Rogers (Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships)
- Elizabeth Zentos (National Security Council Director for Eastern Europe),
- Eric Ciaramella (NSC Director for Ukraine)
- Christine Gottschalk (NSC Director for Humanitarian and Crisis Response)
- Laura Shultz (NSC Director for Global Engagement)
- Jennifer Wistrand (Policy Advisor for Europe and Eurasia in the Secretary of States Office of Religion and Global Affairs)
- M. Patrick Ellsworth (Senior Ukraine Policy Advisor, U.S. State Department)
They discussed the current humanitarian crisis and their appeal to President Obama to allow the National Guard Program and the Partnership for Peace program to airlift crucial humanitarian supplies to Ukraine for this winter season. Also, participating in the meeting at the White House were Ambassador of Ukraine Valeriy Chaly, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Rostyslav Pavlenko and President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Nadia K. McConnell.
The letter to President Obama states: “While we are grateful for the assistance provided by the United States government to date, we know that the need is so much greater. Thus, we appeal to you to increase assistance and to activate the full potential of the National Guard State Partnership Program and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) as instruments for alleviating the humanitarian catastrophe…” particularly to “…deliver already available medical and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine.”
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), time is running out for winterization: 5 million people are in need of assistance, which includes 1.7 million children; 1.5 million internally displaced; 1.1 million externally displaced; the families of the almost 8,000 killed and 17,600 wounded. Long queues of civilians waiting for up to 24 hours at a number of crossing points on the ‘contact line’ between government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas persist, says the OCHA.
Also in attendance were: Yaroslav Brisuik (Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine in U.S.),Archbishop Stephen Soroka (Ukrainian Catholic Church, Philadelphia), Archpriest Oleksandr Trofymlyuk (Rector of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy), Ari Shapiro (Assistant to Rabbi Bleich), Jennifer Perrino (Legislative Director, Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s Office), Ali Chalupa, (National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee), John Jaresko (Ukrainian Orthodox church activist from Chicago), Peter Voitsekhovsky (Research Director, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation).
Shortly after their White House meeting, Patrirch Filaret, Patriarch Sviatoslav and Rabbi Bleich spoke at a press conference at the National Press Club, where they stressed the need to address the immediate humanitarian crisis due to winter.
Patriarch Sviatloslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church noted that “today, in Ukraine, we have more than 2 million refugees but inter-national societies can help only 400,000 refugees … Ukrainians are helping Ukrainians, but our resources are short because of the economic crisis… We are here to be a voice of the millions who are suffering the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe after the Second World War… Ukraine needs worldwide international support in order to solve this situation and we are here to speak on behalf of those millions who will suffer terrible winter months.”
Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyiv Patriarchate, reminded the audience that through its rejection of Russian authoritarianism and battle against Putin’s aggression, “Ukraine is defending democracy and freedom” for all Western countries. He emphasizes, “The United States is the leaders of democracy and freedom in the world and Ukrainians are giving their lives for this democracy and freedom… We are giving away our lives, and you (the United States) please give us the resources including the humanitarian assistance. We ask you to please help us!”
Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Bleich said: “The message comes from a coalition which is called All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations which is a very unique organization anywhere in the world probably, where the heads of all the religious in the country come together and work for the benefit of all of the people living in the country.” “The help that we may get in paying for transport of containers of humanitarian aid that was collected here to be sent over to Ukraine is very, very symbolic. Money is not the most important thing.” It will show the “importance that the United States government places on the humanitarian needs in Ukraine,” and that “people in the U.S. care about what is happening in Ukraine” and about the “the fight of freedom over Putinism.”
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, working with other Members of Congress has been actively encouraging the Obama Administration to increase assistance to Ukraine and to engage the National Guard State Partnership Program and the Partnership for Peace program in delivering aid to Ukraine.
The press conference at the National Press Club was sponsored by the Sound the Alarm for Ukraine Coalition, moderated by Ambassador John Herbst of the Atlantic Council and a member of the coalition. The newly formed coalition is bringing together former ambassadors, Ukraine experts, humanitarian organizations, diaspora groups, the interfaith community, corporate supporters, other organizations, and individuals around the shared mission of delivering humanitarian, reconstruction/redevelopment and peacekeeping assistance to millions of people in Ukraine, effectively and in a timely manner.
Nadia K. McConnell emphasizes that “the Coalition will sound the alarm for Ukraine here in the U.S., so that the people of Ukraine will know that they have not been forgotten and will receive the assistance they need and deserve. We cannot allow geopolitical issues to compromise our response to the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. We must not repeat what happened during the Holodomor, the Holocaust and more recently Chernobyl.”
After the press conference (see photo below), Archbishop Soroka, Patriarch Shevchuk, Patriarch Filaret, and Rabbi Bleich jointly visited the newly-dedicated Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC. Other religious and secular leaders who attended this event (to the right of Rabbi Bleich) are Nicholas Kotcherha, President of the Ukrainian Genocide Commission, Archpriest Oleksandr Trofymlyuk, Rector of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy, Rev. Roman Zahursky, Pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in North Royalton, OH, Adrian Saluk of Phoenix, AZ, and Nadia McConnell, President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.
Afterwards, there was a working visit with government, religious and community leaders at the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation office. Of the latter, these individuals included Tamara Denysenko of Rochester, NY, Vera Eliashevsky of Chicago, IL, Marta Farion of Chicago, IL, Bohdan Kantor of Arlington, VA, Daniel & Daria King of Mount Airy, MD, Adrian Saluk of Phoeniz, AZ, and Marianna Zajac of New York City.
Roundtable Discussion at USUF: The Humanitarian Catastrophe in Ukraine
By Ashley Ferguson and Leah Valtin-Erwin
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation collaborated with the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of Americato host a roundtable discussion on June 1, 2015 on the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Ukraine.
Representatives from such organizations as Save Ukraine Now, Wounded Warrior Ukraine, Ukrainian Federation of America, United Help Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family,Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Embassy of Ukraine and USUF spoke about their organization’s efforts to provide aid to the victims of the war. These organizations are helping to provide physical and mental rehabilitation for Ukrainians and their families impacted by the war, organizing donations of medical supplies, and putting together events to raise public awareness about the ongoing conflict.
Before the roundtable discussion, USUF also hosted a Strategy Session led by President Nadia McConnell to discuss some of the major issues Ukraine is currently facing, as well as opportunities for cooperation and coordination of humanitarian assistance.
One of the major issues discussed was the need for heightened international awareness. As Dr. Gary Kellner, founder of Save Ukraine Now, stated, “It was a crisis a year ago. 2 million people being moved from their homes is a catastrophe.” And yet there is still not an appropriate amount of international attention on the need for humanitarian aid. Financial support, for both humanitarian needs and political reform, must be given to the Ukrainian government if the situation is to stabilize.
Many at this strategy session felt that the lack of widespread international attention given to the crisis in Ukraine was a result of the Ukrainian government downplaying the crisis in order to not appear vulnerable. It was also mentioned that the restrictions of diplomacy, while a powerful influence on politicians, do not apply to NGOs, allowing them more flexibility in their methods for getting a message out. It was suggested that if NGOs and the government could work together more closely, they could send out a more clear and powerful message about the need for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Participants at this meeting also discussed the possibility of creating a database to keep track of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. This would reduce duplicate efforts and make sure that donations and supplies go where they are most needed. This could also serve as a library for videos and articles related to Ukraine that could be used as a valuable resource for promo-ting awareness.
After this strategy meeting, the organiza-tions were given the chance to present their experiences with humanitarian work in Ukraine.
USUF’s Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, Tetyana Neeley, described her success in donating 20 tons of medical supplies valued between $300,000-$400,000 to hospitals mainly located in central and eastern Ukraine where the need is greatest. She described the challenges and logistics of gathering donations, international shipping and delivery, and final distribution of supplies in Ukraine.
Dr. Gary Kellner, founder of Save Ukraine Now , spoke about his organization’s efforts to raise awareness of the humanitarian issues in Ukraine, especially by reaching out to religious communities. He discussed Detroit’s city-wide initiative in which religious leaders of all denominations gathered to show and discuss their support for Ukraine, and how small steps like this can have a far reaching influence.
Roman Torgovitsky and Olena Kozlova-Pates from Wounded Warrior Ukraine spoke about how their organization works to create modern psychological and physical rehabilitation services in Ukraine. They provide training organized in four sessions where trainees learn basic understanding of trauma, rebuilding resourcefulness, restoring emotional stability, psychological techniques to overcome trauma, and methods for post-traumatic physical and psychological re-orientation for the future.
Dr. Zenia Chernyk, President of the Ukrainian Federation of America, discussed her organization’s many efforts in Ukraine such as their involvement in providing rehabilitation for soldiers and their families and helping to set up a first response program similar to 911.
The event concluded with a blessing from Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of the Ukrainian Catholic Arche-parchy of Philadelphia.
Note: If your organization is involved with humanitarian aid to Ukraine and would like to participate in future meetings or communications, please contact the Foundation.
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Sends Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
Washington, DC, April 29, 2015 – The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid Program achieved a major accomplishment today when a 40 foot tractor-trailer with a load of medical supplies weighing 20 tons and valued between $300,000 – $400,000, left for Ukraine from the Fairfax County regional office of the Brother’s Brother Foundation.
Yaroslav Brisiuck, Charges D’Affaires – Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S., Tetyana Neeley, USUF’s Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, and John A. Kun, USUF’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Photo Credit: Vadym Guliuk Photography
The humanitarian assistance effort for Ukraine is a collaborative one that includes a number of organizations and many individuals.
A portion of this joint work occurred in Pittsburgh, where members of the Ukrainian-American community partnered with the Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) in donating part of the total aid sent to Ukraine.
Led by Dr. Alexander Kirichenko, a radiation oncologist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh who came to the U.S. in 1997 from Ukraine, the coordinated endeavor of donations came from the Allegheny Health Network, Butler Health System, Trinity Health System in Steubenville, Ohio and St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks, PA.
In the Washington, DC area, the project was organized over the past several months by the Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, Tetyana Neeley, who brought together the key components of medical donations, international shipping, delivery logistics and final distribution in Ukraine through the organization, Kozhen Mozhe, to hospitals primarily in central and eastern Ukraine where the need is greatest.”
John A, Kun, USUF’s chief operating officer, noted, “Tetyana performed wonderfully in a complex environment. She worked with our good friends in Pittsburgh, with BBF both in Pittsburgh and in Fairfax County, with our shipping firm, Meest, and with our many volunteers and cooperating organizations, such as United Help Ukraine.
Photo Credit: Vadym Guliuk Photography
The shipment of medical items will go to civilian hospitals and medical centers treating many of the injured from the war-ravaged eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The following list incorporates the facilities and their locations in Ukraine:
Artemivsk (eastern Ukraine,near Donetsk)
Kharkiv (eastern Ukraine)
Kyiv (central Ukraine)
- Київська міська клінічна лікарня # 2 C Центром термічних уражень та пластичної хірургії
- Майдан лікарня
Letychiv (Khmelnitsky oblast, western Ukraine)
Mariupol (southcentral Ukraine)
Сєвєродонецьк (eastern Ukraine, near Luhansk)
President of USUF, Nadia Komarnyckyj McConnell, stated, “There is a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine that is a result of Russian’s war of aggression. It is estimated that over a milliion people have been displaced in Ukraine. Over 15,000 people have been injured, over 6,000 have been killed. The people of Ukraine need our help. We are grateful for the cooperation of the Embassy of Ukraine, the financial generosity of our donors including those gifitng through the Goals for Ukraine initiative, the medical product-deliverables provided by the Brother’s Brother Foundation and others, and the on-the-ground efforts of many volunteers who make this effort of humanitarian assistance possible. We look forward to the assistance of many others as so much more help for Ukraine is desperately needed.”
The medical supplies are loaded and ready to go! Photo Credit: Vadym Guliuk Photography
To participate in this humanitarian effort, contact the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation or donate at https://usukraine.org/take-action/donate/
Активісти із США зібрали допомогу лікарням Східної України
Тетяна Харченко, Голос Америки 30.04.2015
Pittsburgh Charity Sends Medical Supplies to Ukrainian Hospitals at Front Lines
By Kaye Burnet • 90.5 WESA Apr 16, 2015
Aid Shipment Blessed in Pittsburgh
Philip G. Pavely | Trib Total Media, TribLive – Pittsburgh, PA, April 16, 2015
Father Timothy Tomson (center), with St. Mary Ukranian Orthodox Church, blesses a shipment of medical supplies bound for Ukraine Thursday, April 16, 2015. The shipment, which will be joined by another load from Washington D.C., will end up being used in several regional hospitals. Also attending the blessing are Richard Goddard (from left) and Luke Hingson from Brother’s Brother and Dr. Alexander V. Kirichenko.
USUF Donors Aiding Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis
March 31, 2015 – Delivering 15 shipments of medical supplies to Ukraine along with numerous financial tranches over the past 10 months, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid team
has now reached the $200,000 level in assistance! Supported by volunteers on the ground both in the U.S. and in Ukraine, USUF’s humanitarian assistance has been delivered securely and to those in need.
Recent statistics released by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are grim. More than 5,000,000 people require some form of humanitarian assistance including 1,700,000 million children. It is estimated there are over 1,000,000 Internally Displaced People in Ukraine. Since mid-April 2014, over 6,000 people have been killed and 15,345 wounded.
USUF plans to send more medical supplies and equipment to Ukrainian hospitals in 2015. If your community hospital can help donate, please be in contact with USUF. Your volunteerism will be greatly appreciated.
February 20, 2015 – United Help Ukraine, in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA and in partnership with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Commemorated the Fallen Heroes of Heavenly Hundred, those who stood on the Maidan for human dignity, justice and freedom in Ukraine.
This special evening was marked at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC. All proceeds were dedicated to humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
More on U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine ….
December 16, 2014 – In cooperation with the Brother’s Brother Foundation, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation continues to send medical supplies to Ukraine for those impacted by the war.
The Foundation’s efforts are being coordinated by Tetyana Neeley. During the past weekend she was assisted by area volunteers Natalia Moubray and Yelena Lev Key.
The overall assistance being provided by the Foundation is a considerable one, which includes the cooperation and volunteerism of other organizations, such as Ukraine Abroad, Ukrainian Freedom Fund and Goals for Ukraine (on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GoalsForUkraine) and other individuals such as Pavel Yarmolenko, Matthew Kostman and Brian Allen.
Thank you for the service of our volunteers and cooperating organizations!
And, our efforts are being aided by YOUR GIFTS to the Foundation!
Thank you – one and all – for your generosity in giving and serving!
New Humanitarian Aid Project Coordinator Named
September 30, 2014 – Ms. Tetyana Neeley joins the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation to become the Humanitarian Aid Project Coordinator. In this capacity she will oversee new efforts to effect humanitarian support for Ukraine through the Foundation.
Before coming to the United States, Tetyana earned a masters degree in engineering from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. She also holds a certificate in office management from Kyiv Polytechnical Institute.
Ms. Neely is also an Independent Payment Processing Consultant and the founder and principal of NoVa PayPros, a credit card processing services company serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Western Ukraine Disaster Assistance Fund
You may remember that in 2008, Western Ukraine was ravaged by floods. At that time, the Ukraine Disaster Assistance Fund was created by a coalition of organizations, including the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Ukrainian Federation of America, Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC), and U.S.-Ukraine Business Council to provide some form of assistance to this affected area.
In 2008 and 2009, nearly $40,000 was raised.
During 2010, the coalition decided to aid a community that was particularly hard hit by the floods, and that village was Holovetsko. What was needed was a large bus, to service the Holovetsko village school, as well as eight nearby villages in the Stariy Sambir District: Ripiano, Dnistryk, Smerichka, Babyno, Hrozovo, Vytsiv, Mshanets, and Hvozdets.
Representatives of the coalition worked directly with Ivan Haiduk, principal of the Holovestko school, regarding the purchase of the bus, which would be approved by the Ministry of Education. The bus was purchased and it now serves over 200 students.
While the bus is officially owned by the Department of Education of the Executive Council of the Stariy Sambir District, Lviv Oblast, the Holovetsko School is in charge of the use of the bus to meet the needs of their students. The local Department of Education will provide financing for the bus maintenance, gasoline and the bus driver who will be on their payroll.
And there is more good news . . . not all the Disaster Assistance Funds have been spent. Funds remaining are to go for other Holovetsko village school needs, either for equipment, facility improvement, etc.
In addition to the Disaster Assistance Funds, the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council directly donated $3,000 to the school for the purchase of school furniture.
Finally, we wish to thank the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI) for their on-the-ground assistance in handling the bus purchase.
“The Ukraine Health Care Project, started with only hope, a vision and no funds. I am proud to say that over the past five years the Foundation has provided over $53,000 in health care and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.”
– USUF President Nadia McConnell, December 2002
Gift from William T. Kemper Foundation assists Kharkiv soup kitchen
In September 2002, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation received a gift of $1,000 from the Willaim T. Kemper Foundation of Kansas City, MO to assist with the expenses associated with the operation of a soup kitchen in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
The Foundation is grateful to the William T. Kemper Foundation for this generous help.
Rapid Test & Treatment Program of HIV/AIDS for the Military of Ukraine
400 HIV rapid testing kits were donated to the Embassy of Ukraine for the Ukrainian military. Ukraine’s rate of HIV infection doubled between 1999 & 2000. While originally limited to high risk areas, such as ports on the Black Sea, cases are now reported in all 25 Ukrainian oblasts and estimates range as high as 1% of the population. The donation of the kits were provided by Expanding Abroad, Inc.
USUF sponsors heart specialist, Julian Kiyak
In July 2002, USUF sponsored Julian Kiyak’s paper “Myocardial Hibernation as a Cause of Heart Failure in Acute Myocardian Infarction.” This paper was selected for publication in the proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Heart Failure.
In July 2001, USUF also gave $1,000 to assist Dr. Kyak to attend the 2nd International Congress on Heart Disease in Washington, DC.
USUF helps the children of Ternopil
With over $5,000 in funding from the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, the Street Children Project of the Ternopil Charitable Foundation (Caritas) provided material and social support, health treatment services, and cultural enrichment programs to the poor children of Ternopil and the raions of Ternopil, Zbarazh, and Terebovlya in late 2001.
Aid to families of Krasnodon miners
The coal mining disaster that occurred on March 11, 2000 in the city of Krasnodon in eastern Ukraine tragically took the lives of more than 80 miners. The accident left over 125 children, of whom 71 are under the age of 15, fatherless.
Upon hearing of the disaster, the Foundation initiated a national campaign to collect funds which could be passed on through contacts established by USUF’s Krasnodon-Birmingham CPP partnership. In total, the Foundation’s total direct financial aid exceeded $13,000.
USUF Health Care Program Collaborates with University of South Alabama
In October 2000, The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Health Care Program began collaboration with the Ukrainian-American Birth Defects Program (UABDP) of the University of South Alabama. This USAID-sponsored project has three aims:
- To establish a birth defects surveillance system based on international standards;
- To contribute to the better care and prevention of birth defects; and,
- To contribute to the creation of a Ukrainian Alliance for the Prevention of Birth Defects.
USUF supports “Ukrainian Central Caritas”
Altogether, between December 1997 and 1999, USUF delivered over $32,000 to Caritas to finance three projects in western Ukraine: equipment for a soup kitchen in Sosnivka, medical equipment for a children’s rehabilitation center in Chortkiv, and sewing courses in Drohobych.
In November 1999, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation made a charitable contribution to the Cardio Foundation in Lviv for the purpose of assisting in the development of cardiac surgery.