The world continues to watch as Russian troops march across the Ukraine. The photos and reports we have access to either personally, traditional news outlets, or social media, are devastating as 2 million people have migrated to safer places in western Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Hungary.
We invite you, our partners, to send resources to pregnancy help centers in specified countries as those centers embrace refugees, women, and their families in need of physical resources and finances. Consider that males between the ages of 18 and 60 are not permitted to leave Ukraine so that they can serve the nation's defense. I have heard the stories, as you have, of fathers and husbands who drive their families to the border, or into Poland and then immediately head back to Ukraine to serve in the military.
Friends, let us respond to the humanitarian crisis presented in our world by offering of our resources, as much as we are able, to welcome the stranger, embrace the families, and reach and rescue the women and families in our midst.
You may want to contribute to Heartbeat's HALO fund. This fund is specifically designated to help affiliated life-affirming organizations. Those funds will be distributed to affiliated centers in countries impacted by the war in Ukraine. This is often the best option for those outside of Europe because getting practical resources to the right place can be extremely challenging.
But the European pregnancy help movement may have a better way to help these refugees and those receiving them.
We've begun to gather a list of Pregnancy Help Organizations in Eastern Europe receiving refugees and what kind of resources they need to support them.
Practical resources can be sent to the following centers.
If you are another center also reaching out and rescuing women and their families during this crisis, please let us know. We will add your center to the list.
Please see below for a list of resources needed:
LONG-TERM FOOD: canned goods, oil, sugar, pasta, flour, groats, rice, tea, coffee, candy, UHT milk, canned vegetables/fruits (e.g. beans, peas, corn, pineapple, peach), tomato puree in cartons, dried fruit, nuts.COSMETICS AND CHEMICALS: shower gels, shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, creams, pads, baby pampers, washing liquids, dishwashing liquids.SUPPLIES, especially for wounds and burns: thermal blankets, sterile gauze, sterile compresses, knitted bands, elastic bandages, ampoules of saline, disinfectants, disposable gloves, sterile bandages, tourniquets, scissors for dressings.NEW blankets and sleeping bags
List of needed items for children:- toys;- School supplies: notebooks, crayons, plasticine, coloring books, markers, drawing pads, coloring paper, picture books, etc;- Pampers in sizes: 1 i 2;- Wet wipes;- Jars of ready-made baby food;- bottles with pacifiers;- pacifiers;- powdered milk;- blankets;- body oils;- toothpaste and toothbrushes for babies.
Thank you for the work you are doing everyday to change lives and change the destiny of women in unplanned pregnancies. we pray for you. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Hearing the devastating news of war in Ukraine, we've been reaching out to our affiliates and friends in the pregnancy help movement in the midst of the fighting. Olena Batina of Kharkov Pregnancy Assistance Center, was visiting our offices last week with a meeting of pregnancy help leaders. We are grateful to be able to share her prayer requests directly with you in the video below. Others we've talked to have also shared specific prayer requests below. Please join us in prayer for the pregnancy help movement around the world, especially the requests below.
Prayer requests from those with boots on the ground, actively working to protect lives of women and their children:
We will continue to update this page as additional prayer requests come in. If you wish to submit your own prayer request, click here.
Pictures from a friend in Ukraine:
If you're looking for a way to support the pregnancy help movement in Eastern Europe in this time, consider making a donation to Heartbeat's HALO Fund (Helping Affiliated Life-affirming Organizations).
Check out the Kharkiv Pregnancy Assistance Center has been up to in Ukraine! Read the newsletter by clicking on the attachment below.
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