Youth volunteer to supply food in Donbass despite shelling
Valentina Ivanova from Lugansk recalls that her entire family was at home when the shelling began. ‘When the shell hit the house, we got really scared. We thought that we wouldn’t make it out alive—none of us … neither Egorka, nor Dasha, nor Sasha—no one’, Ivanova recalls about that fateful day.
Tragically, their home was completely destroyed due to the Ukrainian bombing. It was then that Ivanova’s young son, Sasha, made a heartfelt promise to do everything in his power to help others. Despite his young age – Sasha studies at primary school – he joined a volunteering project that supplies Donbass residents with hot meals daily. The ‘Food for Life Charity’ began operations in Donbass in the summer of 2022. When the cities of Donbass were freed, significant destruction was left behind by the Ukrainian nationalists. In areas devoid of food, water, and electricity, ‘Food for Life’ volunteers became their only hope for residents to get food. What drives Sasha and other kids to help others at their own peril?