We are back - We are a Ukraine Orphanage from Slavyansk. Our 116+ children's home is destroyed in war, and we need your help AMA!
Jul 31st 2014 by Ukraine_Orphans • 26 Questions • 329 Points
We promised to be back within 48 hours with more details about ourselves.
Our 116 children need your help to get education and live properly - our orphanage was destroyed!
Our story Our lovely orphanage was completely destroyed during this conflict here in Slavyansk, Ukraine.
It was one of the worst-hit children's home during this conflict.
More than 116 children have become homeless overnight, and have problems now in getting education or even a shelter.
We have moved them away to another major city in Ukraine but from September we need our own place and to provide for their education.
We also saw first-hand:
so much political hatred, victims being innocent people, especially these children without any support
so many people, innocent people getting killed due to actions of Ukrainian army and separatists
corruption of deputies and politicians. They refused help and grabbed a part of our funds even when it comes to children's home. We cannot speak against them because they are like mafias.
We have now moved on to another city in Ukraine and seek funding to establish ourselves here - food, shelter and education for the kids.
We are completely hopeless and broken now. One of our friends from abroad suggested us to use Reddit and crowfunding site, Indigogo, to raise money. He is helping us with communicating here on Reddit.
You can also help us through Bitcoin, shout out to Bitcoin community!
Please ask us about situation in our country, about our views. And please support us by contributing to Indigogo project. Your small contribution can help change the life of 116 kids.
Proof: Previously, we received lots of warm messages and help, but also skepticism since we were somewhat unprepared without many photos with us. We promised to return within 48 hours - and have posted an album with whatever was asked from us, photos with children, photos holding Reddit sign, documents, support letter, budget etc.
Additional: We received lots of requests for information on adopting orphans in Ukraine. This is a complex question, since it depends on a lot of factors (age/gender of child and your situation etc.) and hence we decided to talk individually.
Here is the form which you can fill and we'll get back to you.
Edit: Many people asked about how else can they support and contribute apart from monetary help on campaign and spreading info further. We have compiled list of most necessary items that we need. If you might have something of help, please PM us.
We're progressing further on our campaign.
We have received lots of comments, messages, and queries (particularly about adopting children and help through clothes etc.) We are sitting whole night (it's 03:20 AM right now) and answering to each one of them.
We have unfortunately less time, and we request your help. Spread the word and please contribute in any way you can.
For those of you looking at the album of proof, the person with the blacked-out face is /u/Archiduke5, who has previously done a verified AMA about his experiences in Ukraine and is assisting with this AMA.
Nice I see my changetip worked (Never used that before :P)
I posted it here on /r/Bitcoin and it exceeded the 1BTC ($590) already in 1.5 hours! :D I don't know if you have a USA bankaccount (because of the indiegogo in USD). In that case you can easily convert it on Coinbase and ad them to your Indiegogo.
No, we do not have US bank account unfortunately. This advice about Bitcoin is very useful. Although we seek how can we transfer Bitcoin in our Changetip to here, in Ukraine.
You can view the Bitcoin donations here https://blockchain.info/address/1G3vRZ6KEMvCM59MADcaNmFhmrJ8pThMFF
Over 1 BTC so far...
Right on. Good luck in your campaign! Pay day coming up, I'll see what I can put together to donate :)
This is fraud! No doubt! BetterUkraine Foundation is unknown. There is no home page, email contacts and even names. A photo of a sign is grabbed from an internet news video! A person's face is mask on several photos! Why? You can't see the kids on the photos actually are the orphans from Slavyansk! Why is the reference/support letter only partially photographed? Why not the whole letter? Documents are in foreign language - I can't read it! All this sounds not serious! If you want to help orphans in Ukraine, google "sponsor an orphan in Ukraine" instead.
After wondering for a while, I decided to answer:
Do you belong to a larger organization for Ukrainian orphans? I imagine that this war will unfortunately produce many more orphans that will require assistance. Also, thank you very much for providing additional proof. I hope you reach your financial goals much faster now.
This war has undoubtedly produced many orphans who require assistance. Just day before yesterday, for instance, 60 orphans came from Donetsk from children's home.
Other than that - as I see there are so many people on Reddit who care about Ukraine and situation here, I hope that there could be a way to connect them with those who need help here - often times they don't need much more than few clothes, school products etc.
I chose the name Better Ukraine Foundation since Indiegogo asked for name of parent organization or something - please, there is absolutely no discrepancy about this.
You can't see the kids on the photos actually are the orphans from Slavyansk!
The only way to see if somebody is from Slavyansk is to see their documents probably. We were not asked to photograph their internal passports and documents of these orphans as well... That is actually forbidden by law to do that.
And honestly, we looked through the examples and genuine photos, hi Reddit, should suffice we though.
Why is the reference/support letter only partially photographed? Why not the whole letter? To put their as an image. Otherwise we can show you the PDF file as well.
Documents are in foreign language - I can't read it!
We did asked any Ukrainian to read what is written, and also messaged the /r/ukraine mods.
We posted over 22 images with photos, documents etc, with all the relevant details and we believe they should have sufficed anyone now.