Thanks everyone for your donations and for buying the exclusive Raw Travel designed “Let Freedom Ring” T-Shirts and Pint Glasses based on my photo of Freedom Square in Kyiv that I took in 2019.
We’ve finally received the official “Let Freedom Ring” Coffee Mugs to Help Ukraine. We’re offering them in background two colors, white and light blue. The mugs sell for $17.99 (excluding shipping) and almost $10 from each sale goes to help the fundraising efforts of our pals at Keep Kids Learning who are not only keeping refugee kids learning by donating and funding school supplies but are also raising funds for medical supplies as well.
You can order yours at our special merch page
or if you prefer, you may also donate at our GoFundMe Page
I’m including below the latest update from Joseph there, who is planning a trip back to the USA to gather medical supplies, etc. to take back. I hope to catch up with him in person or by zoom. My trip to Ukraine has been delayed a bit until early June, but it’s still on.
Thank you for all your support once again!
Here’s the latest update from Joseph at Care4Ukraine / Keeps Kids Learning.
As you might know, the areas we are starting these “pop-up” classrooms are located in the western region of Ukraine. Not only have IDP’s relocated from where the intense fighting is concentrated to cities like Lviv, Ternopil, and Uhzgorod, but also to the smaller villages. Recent attacks in the west have knocked out power in many places and our sister-site on GoFundMe – “Care4Ukraine” is beginning to address needs of IDP’s in these areas.
Many refugees are returning to Ukraine as the war drags on. Issues like the higher cost of living and separation from family takes it toll, and the choice to return begins to look better than being a refugee in a foreign country. It is now estimated that there are eight million IDPs in Ukraine, economic output is down more than 50%, and the conflict is growing more intense each day.
Thank you for your help. Joseph
UPDATE May 2nd, 2022 –
ROB INTERVIEWS JOSEPH NICHOLS OF “KEEP THE KIDS LEARNING” FROM UKRAINE – Rob caught up with Joseph via zoom, while Joseph was making a quick trip to Chicago to pick up some medical supplies to take back to Ukraine.