INTELLECTUAL LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE
As a part of Intellectual Leadership, our charitbale organization effort, we are starting this fundraiser for Iryna Ustynova and her three year old daughter Melanie with the ultimate goal for Iryna to purchase a car, find a job and therapeutic care for her daughter. Iryna and Melanie are refugees from the war ridden Ukraine and currently reside in Miami. Iryna sent me this passage to share her story:
We are a family from Ukraine. My name is Iryna Ustynova and my daughter Melanie, she is almost three years old.
We are from the city of Kakhovka that now is an occupied territory which is also partially flooded after the Kakhovka river dam was destroyed. We were forced to leave Ukraine because of the war, and in April, we arrived in Miami to build a new life.
My main goal was to come here because the USA has the best support program for special children. My daughter has ADHD and autism. Here, she has great opportunities for correction and a full life. Unfortunately, currently we do not have any financial or other support. And starting a new life in a new country is challenging.
By profession, I am a psychologist and I'm starting my professional journey from scratch here, learning the language, and getting an education. I'm studying English at college.
Right now, we really need support with transportation and finances. We also need help organizing daycare for my daughter and finding available therapies to improve her health.
Please donate if you feel like you want to help Iryna and Melanie. 100% of all proceeds will go to Ustynov family.
On February 24th 2022 Russia started an unthinkable and senseless war with Ukraine. Next day we found out about a great amount of victims among civilian population and decided to organize a support group. Immediately we started to work on providing all kinds of help including psychological, financial and helping find food and shelter in and outside of the country. On February 26th we had our first Ukraine Support Rally at VFW, Durango chapter. We sold some of the art donated by local artists. The first donated funds went to Ukrainians who needed financial help to organize transportation and safe shelter. We were also able to help organize necessary supplies needed for one of Kiev's bomb shelters. That same day we had a meeting with our new team of volunteers and founded a charity called Intellectual Leadership Inc. On March 7th, we had a great success having a fundraiser at Durango Rug Company where more then sixty Durangotans showed up to show their support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine suffering from a full fledged war happening in the very center of Europe. We are going to continue organizing charity events, fundraisers and support rallies to raise funds for Ukrainians in dire need. We also are going to report on things done, families helped and lives supported and saved.
As a part of our fundraiser, we offer Alena's book of poetry in English and Russian languages. Downloads are free. But you can donate any amount that you deem necessary directly through our Gofundme page.