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MARIUPOL
REFUGEES
Our Story
From the first days of war, residents of Mariupol have been living under the shelling, cut out from any provisions, and with no help from the outside world.

For Russia, Mariupol is a strategic location that connects the annexed Crimean peninsula with the occupied area of Eastern Ukraine, and would allow them to resupply their soldiers. For Russian soldiers, it is a lawless territory where they commit war crimes of a scale much larger than Bucha and Irpin.

Our volunteer drivers saw first-hand the scale of destruction and civilian suffering in Mariupol. Over the past weeks we’ve facilitated evacuation of thousands of people, with no humanitarian corridors enforced. Now, the city is inaccessible to volunteers as Russia attempts to hide its atrocities in face of international backlash. We redirect our efforts to support the people we helped evacuate.

How it started

Mihail is a former resident of Mariupol and an owner of multiple local businesses.

On March 8, he became the first volunteer to go into the city to deliver aid and evacuate civilians.

His decision to risk his life, came as none of the official humanitarian convoys succeeded and reports of immense human suffering and appeals for help continued to multiply.

During my first trip to Mariupol, heavy shelling and extremely dangerous conditions forced me to stay for 6 days in the bomb shelter. I made daily trips to check on people in other shelters and deliver essentials when possible.
On my next trip, I brought along a friend and with two mini-buses we managed to bring food and water to hundreds and evacuate more people. On my third trip, we organized a convoy of other volunteer drivers and civilians hoping
to save their families from the living hell Mariupol turned into.

Over the weeks, we helped evacuate over 10,000 people by organizing more trips, supporting volunteer groups with information on routes and safety. Now that we cannot enter the city anymore, we started this project to support people we evacuated with long-term housing in Ukraine.

Join us by donating now.
Mihail
Mariupol volunteer
How we will spend donations
When helping people in bomb shelters, we realized we could not evacuate everyone. We created lists with people’s names and numbers to get the information about their whereabouts to their families. Our volunteers have been calling people from the lists to identify the most urgent needs. All of the donations will go to support:
rent six months -one year accommodations for families we’ve evacuated
purchase low-cost houses in safe areas of Ukraine
work with local partners and regional governments to design and fund long-term housing solutions
support refugees with emergency essentials
REFUGEE STORIES
The story of Elizabetha Shelyustenko

In Mariupol, I owned an EVO GAMECLUB. Some of my employees were sheltering in the basement of the club, along with 163 other people. When I first entered on March 8, I had to shelter for 6 days and during that time I often went to check on people in other bomb shelters, delivered food, medicine and looked after the living conditions of children and pregnant women. In one of the bomb shelters at PSTU University, I met Shelyustenko family.
Elizabetha was 8 months pregnant and staying in a damp basement was creating health complications for her and her future baby. I tried to immediately move them to EVO, our basement was warmer, and most importantly everyone was very supportive. At the first chance, I evacuated them from the city to Zaporozhye.
After a while, they contacted me and asked for help. Elizabetha was about to give birth and they had nothing. They needed both financial and humanitarian support, but most importantly a somewhat permanent housing. Their son, Bogdan, was born on April 5. A beautiful child, 2900 grams, 50 cm height. I really want to make sure Bogdan, his family, and many other families who managed to escape the city have a roof over their heads.

The story of Saenko Yuliya

Family of four: we've evacuated a husband, wife and two children from Mariupol. They temporarily live in a school shelter in a safer region of Ukraine. They're trying to find work, but it's challenging and not enough to fund rent. The most important thing is that they are alive. Together we can help them get on their feet and start a new life.

HAPINESS LETERS
When I was evacuating people, I knew I couldn’t help everyone. In the basements of Mariupol, many people lost contact with their relatives. We rarely had connection and charging phone batteries was a luxury many didn’t have access to. I’ve offered people around me write a short letter and a phone number to their relatives. Once we leave the city, our volunteer group would call the families and read letters aloud.

Some people cried from happiness of hearing about their loved ones, some were shocked, and some hang up calling 5-10 minutes later in disbelief. Second to being a volunteer driver, the job of a mailman, was the most rewarding thing I did. Hearing hopeful news meant the world to people who lost contact with relatives in Mariupol.
Many of the letters simply included the word “ALIVE!”.

Here are some of these letters of happiness.
Maria
Olya
Unnamed Letter
Marina
Viktoria
Valya and Nastya asked to tell you that they are in a shelter.
Sergey stayed in the 17th district.
Vitalik and Toma in Denis’s flat.

We’re alive, we’re good!

Misha, thank you! ❤️
Hi, it’s Olya. We’re where I told you. There are no communications in the city for two weeks.
It’s tough, but we’re holding on. How are you doing, where are you, is everything fine?
Pass this information on to whomever you see fit. I’m writing only to you.
If you have any questions, call on Mihail’s number. Hurry up, as long as he is in the cell phone coverage zone. (He’s from our shelter). You can call him, if you need anything. He brings us humanitarian assistance.
P.S. Maya is fine :)
Please, call on these numbers, tell them that we’re alive and grandma is with us, ask them if they are safe.




Dad and grandmother are alive








I'm fine. I don't know about the rest, dad.
To Irina Naumenko from Marina
We are alive, in the basement



To Alyona from Marina
We are alive, in the basement
Grandmother is very sick




To Vera Korobko from Morozova Viktoria
We are alive!!!