24. PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO IMPOVERISHED UKRAINIAN ELDERLY THROUGH AMERICAN FRIENDS OF "FOR SURVIVAL"

Make A Difference: For Survival, For Dignity, For Ukraine

Katie Fox, Volunteer Director, American Friends of “For Survival” Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Dear Friends,

Please consider a final year end gift to Ukraine this year. As most of you know, for the past several years I have been running a very small charity to provide direct assistance to impoverished Ukrainian elderly. I decided that I needed to do something to immediately and directly help the elderly people who I saw begging on Kyiv’s streets, in the wake of the economic collapse that accompanied the break up of the Soviet Union.

This charity, the American Friends of “For Survival,” is an all volunteer effort, run by Americans here and in Kyiv. All funds collected are sent to the American volunteers in Kyiv, who work with the established Ukrainian charity “For Survival” so screen applicants and distribute funds. Every cent of the funds we collect go directly to a poor elderly person to cover basic living expenses.

I am making a final appeal this year, because, unfortunately, I have to. Most of you know that Ukraine saw momentous changes this year, many very positive. However, 2005 was also a year of tremendous inflation and rising prices, especially in Kyiv. More than 80% of pensions are still below the government-established minimum subsistence level.

“American Friends of ‘For Survival'” is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations should be made out to “For Survival” and mailed %Katie Fox, 3100 Connecticut Avenue #235, Washington, D.C.

Thank you very much just for considering this and happy holidays!

Katie Fox Washington, D.C.

FOOTNOTE: The Action Ukraine Report (AUR) is publishing this appeal because we have known about this project for some time and are impressed with the work Katie Fox and the group of volunteers that run the American Friends of “For Survival.” Katie’s daytime job is as Deputy Director – Eurasia for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) here in Washington.

She can be contacted at Email (katief@ndi.org).

Your support for this fine program will be much appreciated.

AUR EDITOR

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