British Humanitarian Aid

Registered Charity - 1031547.      11, Devon Road, Canterbury, CT1 1RP     Tel. 01227 453434

Founder Director: Rev. Tony Budell.   Director: Philip Edmonds.   Accounts: Valerie Budell.





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During March, we were able to have a meeting with the Head of Gorodnya Region, her Deputy and the Planning Officer. After all the work that had supposedly been done by our local contact, to sort out the land attached to the home, it was interesting to find that these people were unaware of our project.    Positive steps have now been taken, in that they have agreed that the home would be of benefit to the region, and that a mapping of the village is underway. That should resolve the land problems.It is now fairly certain that the village’s church community will take on the responsibility for the home.  There is about a month’s work needed to finish the conversion of the school building.


While we actually send the aid to Ukraine on hired 40 tonne trucks, the distribution of the “cleared” aid in the region is problematic. Our current approach is to go out when all the paper work is completed and to deliver the loads to the agreed destinations ourselves. While this is a hassle it does have the great benefit of our being able to monitor the levels of enthusiasm and competence of the recipients. In the middle of last year, following consultations between Aratta and the Chernihiv Customs, I went ahead and personally bought a decent left-hand drive van to export to Ukraine. The aim of this was twofold. By removing the 3200ml round trip it would save both the equivalent of a month’s unproductive driving and also the considerable cost of the fuel for such journeys. Imagine my horror when we submitted the documents and were informed that I had been given the wrong information and would be liable for huge import tax. It took a long time to get them to sort this out, but eventually it was, and the van was imported into, and licenced, in Ukraine in April. The old van, following a gearbox rebuild, was then recovered from Ukraine. As it had been out of the UK for nearly a year I booked it for an MOT. Although it had driven back from Chernihiv, apparently without problems, the combination of age (10yrs), mileage (250,000) and the appalling roads had taken their toll and led to a massively expensive MOT fail. In view of the work it has done I suppose I should not have been surprised.



It was a shock to find that the promised roof repairs had not been carried out and that much of the initial redecoration had been spoilt by water seepage following the winter snows.  However, it was a great joy to see the various modifications, to improve access and facilities for the several wheelchair users, were well underway. We have helped with much of the furniture they needed and have made a contribution to the alterations. The centre is now in daily use and the carers at Parents’ Voice allow the parents of these severely handicapped youngsters to have time to themselves or for siblings, a real relief from the 24/7 care demanded up to now.