Miloserdiye charity provides financial aid to another 50 residents of Kiev-held areas
LUGANSK, February 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Miloserdiye (Compassion) non-commercial organisation paid benefits at the Stanitsa Luganskaya welfare centre to another 50 residents of Kiev-controlled part of Lugansk Region on Monday.
“Today’s a happy occasion; we’ve begun to make payments,” organisation chairman Yuriy Yurov said. “We had long New Year holidays, and after summing up last year results and planning for 2018 we got down to our primary function i.e. providing financial aid.”
“We’ve had a busy day today as 50 people came to collect benefits,” Yurov added.
Financial aid can also be collected at the Republic’s post offices by the applicants whose requests for help were approved by Miloserdiye Commission.
Victoria F., a resident of Kiev-held Kremenskiy district, said she has asked Miloserdiye to help her father who is a cancer patient.
“My dad has throat cancer; he’s 77. He had surgery two years ago, we’ll go to hospital again after we get the benefit,” she said.
He already had his vocal cords removed, they inserted a tube and we’ll go for a checkup. I pray to God that metastases do not occur. We desperately need money to continue treatment,” Victoria said.
She said she was grateful to Miloserdiye for the assistance.
Tamara M, a recipient from Starobelskiy district, said she would use the benefit she had received to pay for her eye surgery.
“I need eye surgey; I have diabetis; the doctor said I was taking a risk and that eye inflammation was likely, so surgery is absolutely necessary.” “I borrowed some money and our doctor sent me to Lugansk,” said Tamata. “I thank the fund for not abandoning us.”
“I didn't think I would be able to afford this surgery, but Miloserdiye heard and helped me,” she added.
Irina K., a resident of Svatovskiy District, said she got a Milosediye benefit to support her elderly mother.
“After a cerebral accident my mother was paralysed on the left side of the body. We spend much money on medications and consumables; we don’t have enough. She was paralysed and bedridden after the stroke; she’s recently begun to get up on her own, but we still need lots of things.”
“We needed cataract surgery and had it scheduled so we asked for help,” she said.
Nadezhda M. from Markovskiy district said she would use Miloserdiye money for rehabilitation after cerebrovascular accident.
“I had a stroke in September and spent much time in hospital, I now need long treatment. I also have a bunch of other diseases that come with age, but I won’t talk about them. I need treatment after the cerebral accident to avoid its recurrence. Recently, I bought cerebrolysin for a standard course. It costs 783 hryvnas for five ampules, but I need at least 15, which adds up to nearly 2,500 hryvnas. It’s more than my pension,” Nadezhda said.
“We are very grateful to Miloserdiye Fund. They help us out; we are happy to have such organisation around. People in our district know about Miloserdiye and are grateful for its assistance,” she said.
Yurov earlier said that Miloserdiye had approved 322 requests for financial assistance from residents of LPR and Kiev-held areas of Lugansk Region since the beginning of this year.
In 2017, Miloserdiye approved 1,055 such requests. The number of applications to be reviewed this year will increase several-fold from last year’s.
The number of residents seeking help with Miloserdiye has been increasing despite various impediments created by Ukrainian authorities.
Miloserdiye was set up under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme. It provides financial aid to Lugansk Region residents in difficult circumstances, including residents of Kiev-held areas. Priority is given to the applicants needing money for treating serious diseases.
On February 17 DPR and LPR Heads Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy launched the program of humanitarian assistance for residents of Kiev-held part of Donbass. The main goal of the programme is to support socially vulnerable groups in Kiev-held areas. It envisions financial and medical aid and education services.
LPR Telecom and Mass Communications Ministry launched the humanitarian programme website.