Chernobyl Children International, in partnership with local teams of volunteers in Ukraine, are manufacturing and delivering 90 stoves to the most vulnerable people living in the Chernobyl affected regions, who are now facing the perils of war. The stoves cost just €100, which includes their delivery and even a bag of food for recipients.
Despite the increased shelling and bombs in the region, local volunteers on CCI’s behalf have shown determination and bravery in ensuring that as many people can benefit as possible. The stoves are made by a Kyiv based auto body production company who has repurposed their operation to make the stoves. By supporting this effort, CCI is able to support not only those in the community in need of the warmth from the stoves, but a Ukrainian small business that has been devastated by the war. Supporting local businesses will be an integral part of rebuilding the Ukrainian economy after the war.
Described by one grateful recipient as a ‘life-saver’, the stoves can effectively heat an area of 30 SqM and provide a means of cooking a life sustaining warm bowl of Borscht any time it is required. They help not just physically but mentally – a warm glow in a cold dark place and something life-sustaining to tend to and have some control over in these uncertain and difficult times. The harsh Ukrainian winter can see temperatures drop to -8 (°C) in the Chernobyl affected regions and your support has meant these vulnerable families can gather together near warmth and comfort.
Beneficiaries are decided upon by local community workers on a needs-basis. These are people with disabilities, elderly, widowed mothers of young children and families living in war-damaged homes. ‘Invincibility Centres’, which are state refuge centres that provide a respite from the harsh winter and something warm to eat and drink to those who have lost their homes, have also received CCI’s state-of the art stoves.