Dear friends and family! January 25th marked a very important day for us and our non profit organization. It is the day when a year ago we started to officially promote ourselves as a "volunteer group" "Stream of Hopes - Потічок Надій". A year ago we never thought we were going to get to where we are today. But today we are positive and hopeful that a year from now we will be celebrating even more accomplishments.
It seems like it was so long ago, when we sent our first parcel that took some time to collect and aggregate. Back in mid January is when we sent out our first call to donate for a parcel to Ukraine and on January 29th, just a little over 3 months ago we sent our first parcel to our partner organization "Future of Ukraine" and to our kids.
Countless volunteer hours later from literally hundreds of individuals across Canada have been dedicate to making this effort grow and prosper. People have been donating many things, clothes, baby items, creams, food, toys, shoes, wheelchairs, basic medicine, soccer balls, medical equipment amongst many other things. We don't even remember how many pairs of pants, shirts, shoes, dresses, onesies, baby formulas and toys we've sent, but they're in the thousands. In addition, people have been donating money to support the shipment of parcels and we have also sent over $1,500 dollars directly to help kids with their rehabilitation, with surgeries, with access to basic necessities like food and bread, to buying a goat and a television for the common space at the children's hospital. On top of all of that, people have been donating precious time - driving our parcels, packing and sorting through things, helping deliver items from Saskatoon to Toronto to Ukraine, brainstorming efforts, talking and writing about us. The effort has been unimaginable!!!
Our crowdfunding campaign has raised over $3,000 dollars in just 74 days of running and through other private donations, we have surpassed $5,000 dollars in support.
Today, we reach another tremendous milestone in such a short period of time. Today we shipped another 133.9 kg worth of aid to Ukraine and our kids.
With this shipment in just a little over 3 months, we have pushed our total to be over 1,000 kg or ONE TON.
To be accurate, with your support and donations, we have sent a total of 1,115 kilograms of aid to over 3,000 kids and families in Ukraine. In just three months we have achieved what takes some organizations countless months and efforts to collect and send this kind of help.
We cannot thank you enough for everything that you have done and everything that you are continually doing. It is because of you that children in Ukraine are being fed, are being clothed, are being cared for, are getting healthier, are not feeling left out and are supported by the one big family that we've created here with the STREAM OF HOPES.
Please keep spreading the word, letting others know of us and what we are doing. Please keep supporting and helping as you are helping change the lives of thousands of children. You are all AMAZING and we bow our heads in gratitude to all of you and thank you for your tremendous support and belief in us and our efforts. May all the good that you are doing, return to you exponentially and may you and your families be blessed with health and love for many many years to come.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress Saskatchewan Provincial Council has released their spring Visnyk
We would like to thank them oh behalf of all of the people involved in our efforts for including the write up about our group and volunteering efforts in their spring Visnyk!
We really appreciate your support and involvement in ensuring that many hear of our efforts! Our heartfelt thank you and appreciation.
Ми хочемо щиро подякувати Провінційній Раді Саскачевану Конгресу Українців Канади за те що підключили нашу волонтерську групу до вашого весняного Вісника і розподілили цілу сторінку задля того щоб ми могли трошки описати хто ми і що ми робимо.
Ми вам низько кланяємося і дякуємо за вашу підтримку!
Last week we transferred $400 dollars that were raised during the UkieBoutique event. $302 (6,000 hryvnia) went to a very needy family in Zaporizzhia. Their daughter, Veronika who is 2 and a half has a very rare disease called "Cat Cry Syndrome" or "Cri-Du-Chat Syndrome".
What is cri-du-chat syndrome?
Cri-du-chat (cat's cry) syndrome, also known as 5p- (5p minus) syndrome, is a chromosomal condition that results when a piece of chromosome 5 is missing. Infants with this condition often have a high-pitched cry that sounds like that of a cat. The disorder is characterized by intellectual disability and delayed development, small head size (microcephaly), low birth weight, and weak muscle tone (hypotonia) in infancy. Affected individuals also have distinctive facial features, including widely set eyes (hypertelorism), low-set ears, a small jaw, and a rounded face. Some children with cri-du-chat syndrome are born with a heart defect.
The parents have utilized everything they have to help pay for treatment, medication. Doctors have given up on this child but with the perseverance from both parents, they keep defying the doctors and pushing their child forth. Veronika is an extremely compassionate child and very charismatic. She, despite all of the doctor's predictions have defied them and is sitting, crawling and standing with support.
Stream of Hopes would like to thank all who donated. Your money will be utilized for treatment of little Veronika. The rest of the money $98 will be utilized to purchase medication for kids with tuberculosis.
A huge thank you to UkieBoutique and all the ladies who showed up.
Olesya attended an evening which was all about Ukraine and the celebration of strong, beautiful, kind and patriotic UKRAINIAN WOMEN! There was a whole program organized by Emma Nahaylo-Surkan and Iryna Matsiuk of www.ukieboutique.com. They had a fashion show, an awareness portion during the evening dedicated to Nadia Savchenko and Olesya had a chance to make a presentation about "Stream of Hopes" and our efforts.
The ladies in attendance donated $200 dollars and Emma and Iryna made a matching contribution of $200 on behalf of their business. We truly appreciate all of your generosity, kindness and support.
This money will be sent directly to Ukraine and "Future of Ukraine - Майбутнє України" via PayPal and will go towards one of their big fundraising projects. We will write the details once we have more information.
Щиро дякуємо Еммі та Ірині з UkieBoutique за вчорашній вечір, за вашу доброту і відданість підтримувати Україну та все Українське.
Вечір був насичений показом моди, підтримкою Надії Савченко, та Олеся мала шанс поділитися інформацією про нас, "Потічок Надій".
Ті хто там був, пожертвували і назбирали $200 для нашої групи, та Ірина і Емма додали ще $200 доларів від свого бізнесу.
Ми Вам всім щиро вдячні. Ці гроші ($400 канадських доларів) підуть просто на Україну по PayPal і будуть використані для одного з більших проектів організації "Майбутнє України"
Щиро вам дякуємо!