We try to help with all our heart. This means Sunflower Scotland needs to listen and respond to special needs of people in Ukraine. We know humanitarian aid is not “one size fits all” pasta and second-hand clothes. Fostering mothers in the Kharkiv region asked us for female hygiene products, because they have many orphan teenage girls. They also asked if we can help with big-size nappies. They have 15 boys and girls with disabilities, such as Down syndrome. They cannot fully look aneed special care, such as bigger-size diapers.
Sunflower Scotland got to work. Typically we help people with other humanitarian aid (such as food and cleaning supplies). We know where in Ukraine we can buy them at cheap prices. But sourcing nappies was very different. It turned out that getting lots of nappies of various sizes was not easy. Each shop had a bit of this and a bit of that. But finally, we found business in the Sumy region. They offered us all sizes – from big to small – as well as female hygiene products.
Our Scottish team purchased the aid we needed, and sent it all to our Kharkiv team. Vitaliy and Oleksii – Sunflower’s volunteers – loaded their pickup, and headed to meet fostering parents. These parents look after orphans, and do their best to give them the care they need. Many kids come from rough families. It will not be a stretch to say that fostering families give these orphans more love and support.
Natalia, one of the fostering moms (pictured), helped Vitaliy to reach out to others, and distribute the aid to all other families. Please see more photos from our mission below.