Hi there! Thank you for your interest in Starenki’s work and help to lonely elderly people!
The main reason why our Foundation exists is the elderly people in Ukraine we want to help. They are the reason for the creation of Starenki and our source of inspiration.
They are all very different and at the same time very similar. They are similar, first of all, because they are single – they do not have close relatives or other people who would take care of them.
But also they receive a very low pension, which is barely enough to cover utility bills and the most necessary food. Many of them can only dream of new clothes, leisure, something delicious or even quality medicine. Therefore, our supposedly small food aid is actually very large, because it frees up money that they can spend on necessary medicines or something else that is very necessary.
Interestingly, many of them say that our attention is much more important than the products we brought.
Before the quarantine we tried to communicate with each of them,
and our volunteers received thousands of thanks and wishes for health, happiness and other benefits. Undoubtedly, volunteers have to see and hear sad stories, because some have had a difficult life, some have had tragedies that still go unnoticed, and some are so sick or suffering from loneliness that they no longer want to live.
But there are also often stories and people who inspire with their optimism and cheerfulness.
And they wish us: be brave, do not wait for the perfect time – live here and now! However, every story – cheerful or sad – leaves no one indifferent and is an incredible amount of experience, thanks to which you want to build your own happy life, no matter what.
That is why we want them to be heard. Think about what they have to say and use it to reflect on your own life: think about your own grandparents, parents.