|Andrew and Katie in front of the window|
We met with another IDP family from Crimea who left everything behind during the vote when things got dangerous. She was pregnant at the time. They grew roses for the market and were successful beekeepers. A friend offered them sanctuary and some work in their greenhouses. They are industrious people and dream of starting their own business again. They have developed a detailed business plan, however will need help getting started.
Another area of Mennonite Centre involvement in Zaporizhia is providing information and support for youth in making healthy lifestyle choices. UNICEF states that Ukraine has one of the highest rates of increase of HIV/AIDS in Europe. The war has unravelled much of Ukraine's progress in halting this disease, especially in the east. We visited a clinic "Friendly to Youth" connected to the Children's Oblast Hospital. People can come for free diagnosis and treatment. Among other supports we have provided educational signage, Wi-Fi, and test kits. There were many expressions of gratitude.