Olga is organising shelter for internally displaced families in western Ukraine. She has mobilised local support from her fellow villagers to transform the premises, formerly offices, into homes. They are helping to supply and install washing machines, microwaves, showers, as well as play areas for children. Olga knows what it’s like to flee as a family with children. She made that journey after Russia invaded her home in Donetsk in 2014. She is struggling to pay for the additional electricity costs. Please read her two blogs, here and here).
Please help Olga to help others and donate to her Go Fund Me.
The poetry below was written by Olga on Sunday 20th March. It chronicles Olga’s life during this horrific war.
No Weekend in War
There is no weekend in war!
But there should be
At least a few hours, a day
No news, no calls, no fuss.
This morning I realized
Almost a month now
I don’t know what day of the week it is or
what date it is
I feel ill
Panic is growing
Exhaustion physical and mental
No, I’m not crying.
Nope I’m not running away.
No, I’m not giving up.
Just wanna get some sleep and relax.
To be enough for another one
To have enough stamina to continue
Otherwise, I will have to be saved
In the midst of all these events that’s not a good idea
I embrace you all
I encourage everyone to remember themselves
To renew their resources in a timely manner.
At least for a few hours.
To do the usual things
To bring us back to feeling safe
At least partially
And this will be the support needed
To replenish life energy.
Without any accusations.
Because we are not guilty
For taking this opportunity.
I know for sure that I have to live
Living is easier when we are useful
by Olga Olenichenko
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