The solemn handover of two ambulances to a military hospital in Dnipro took place on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Since the early days of the war, the Kyiv-based My Hometown Charity Foundation, together with Caritas Ukraine, the international charity foundation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has been involved in providing humanitarian aid, medicine and equipment for the war zone.

The My Hometown Foundation was founded by Ihor Lysov in 2001 with the aim of raising the level of civic awareness among Kyiv residents. Currently, the vice-president of the foundation is Vadym Ivanchenko, a member of the Kyiv city council. From the first days of the Russian war, the foundation changed the vector of its activities in order to help military units and occupied cities. Volunteers provide help on their own, as well as in cooperation with foreign organizations.

The foundation has been in operation for several years and has a reputation of being a reliable organization, and many foreign associations have contacted the founders. My Hometown Charity Foundation workers provided trucks and warehouses to businesses that turned to it. Among them is Caritas, which came into contact with the foundation via Uzhgorod. The coordinator of Caritas Slovakia is Antonio Fritsch.

Priest Oleksandr of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine sanctifies the two ambulances donated to the Ukrainian army on July 7. (Patricia Cordell, Huntress Media NYC)

It was his initiative to send two ambulances to the military hospital in Dnipro, because he was in personal contact with the chief doctor. Vadym Ivanchenko’s team received the vehicles in Kyiv and repaired them, then collected the necessary medicines and food for the soldiers. Subsequently, a handover ceremony of three ambulances took place, one of which was transferred to the Eastern Front in 2017. Now, after repairs, together with the other two ambulances, after the consecration by the priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Oleksandr, she was handed over to volunteers who will take them to Dnipro.

The My Hometown Charity Foundation previously provided two vehicles to military units. The foundation’s team was one of the first to visit Bucha and Hostomel in the Kyiv region after the occupation, and used boats to transport aid to the flooded town of Demydiv, and also brought aid in Kharkiv. The association mainly receives aid from Montenegro and Slovakia, and also orders the necessary items at its own expense.

We purchased the first ambulances at our expense, and humanitarian aid trucks were purchased in the same way. We try to do everything on our own, without state support. We understand that everyone must now do the maximum that depends on them. By the way, about 18 members of our organization joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of UkraineVadym Ivanchenko, vice president of the My Hometown Foundation, told the Kyiv Post.

The transfer of humanitarian aid is clearly recorded at every stage. Volunteers who help to provide necessary aid to different parts of Ukraine turn to the foundation, after which Vadym personally contacts the military and heads of administration of cities that were previously under occupation. When the aid is sent, the parcels are photographed and, once they arrive at their destination, the volunteers also send a photo report. Subsequently, the commanders of military units send a document with a stamp confirming receipt. In this way, the organization avoids the theft of humanitarian aid. The exact address of the military units is, for security reasons, not indicated on the parcels.

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