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Ukrainian immigrant Maka Aptsiauri says people in her war-torn homeland remain in desperate need of support and recovery supplies as Russia’s February invasion continues to ravage the country.

“People are dying and people need help,” Aptsiauri told the City Paper this week. She and her husband Aleksandr Pavlichenko, owners of Euro Foods Bakery and Café in West Ashley, have been actively supporting Ukraine from the beginning of the crisis. 

“Nothing has really changed since war started in the Ukraine in February,” she said. “It’s a very, very sad situation. We are in contact with our relatives every day praying that they pick up the phone and they are safe. It’s really hard. We do as much as we can to help from Charleston. We’ve been involved in helping Ukraine since day one.”

Aptsiauri, Pavlichenko and a group of Charlestonians started the nonprofit CHS4 Ukraine in partnership with local nonprofit West Ashley Connects. CHS4 Ukraine has sent 22 containers of donations to Ukraine so far. Each container, carrying 10 suitcases filled with essential supplies, goes first to Kraków, Poland. The supplies are delivered throughout Ukraine through volunteer coordination. 

If you want to provide aid to the Ukrainian community, call CHS4 Ukraine at (843) 303-4065 or get involved with Charleston-based efforts and international charitable operations. Here is a short list of other organizations offering help:

North Charleston-based nonprofit Water Mission is providing safe water and proper sanitation to refugees.

UNICEF USA is supporting health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, water, sanitation and more.

Doctors Without Borders is involved in a range of activities with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to aid in travel to and from health care facilities.

Voices of Children is a Ukraine-based Charitable Foundation helping to provide mental health support to children.

The American Red Cross is supporting the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross however possible.

The International Medical Corps, a global nonprofit, has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in Eastern Ukraine for nearly a decade. It’s now raising funds to expand those services.

To support the Ukrainian military directly, the National Bank of Ukraine has established a special donation account specifically to support troops and equipment purchases. You can donate by visiting chscp.co/ukrainian-military.

This list is not exhaustive, as many other organizations are helping families caught in the conflict.


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