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Founder Director: Rev. Tony Budell. Director: Philip Edmonds. Accounts: Valerie Budell.
NEWSLETTER JUNE 2017
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those, whether they be individuals, schools, churches, organisations, communities or businesses that have continued to support us so generously this year.In December, we sent out a lorry of aid and in March a further two despite struggling with a lack of funds. The last of these was really a question of self-
Chernihiv Region is still trying to cope with 14,000 of these refugees. In addition, the economic situation has continued to worsen with almost all prices rising steeply. As expected, when the minimum wage rose to 62p(!) per hour. in January, there were many who either lost their jobs or had seriously reduced hours. In Chernihiv Region around 55%, including pensioners, do not have work and with no increase in pensions it is considered that about 80% of the population live below or near the poverty line. During the April visit a lorry load of aid was distributed to several Districts by BHA.
Recently, several people have asked “Why do you send aid to Ukraine”. Over the Christmas holiday period our website was revamped and a new video added which deals with the current problems.Chernihiv Aratta continues to be an invaluable support in all dealings with the authorities, especially when dealing with the farcical regulations imposed on handling and distributing aid. They have also opened a day club for young handicapped adults, many of whom also attend the weekly PHAB drama group. In Chernihiv Region around 55%, including pensioners, do not have work and with no increase in pensions it is considered that about 80% of the population live below or near the poverty line. During the April visit a lorry load of aid was distributed to several Districts by BHA.
It has been decided to completely reorganise the administrative structure of the Districts. In typical Ukrainian fashion, they appear to have issued no firm plan as to how the restructuring should proceed. The existing village councils are expected to be abolished to be replaced by one representative.
The villages will then be combined into sort of sub-
As with most plans that are announced, there appears to be no-
As a great deal of our work is done through the existing Social