Brick By Brick, We Adapt: A Letter To You From Ukraine

On the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Yuliya Brodska shares a letter with you about the hardships and hopes that come with living through war without an end in sight. Yuliya is a GlobalGiving consultant based in Kyiv, Ukraine.


Hi Friend,

My name is Yuliya Brodska, and I am GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Grants and Partnership Consultant writing from Kyiv, Ukraine. I joined GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team six months ago to work on the ground in response to the ongoing challenges of war in Ukraine.

In the first days of full-scale war that I spent in the bomb shelter, besides the danger, I felt shock. And more than 12 million Ukrainian citizens have fled their homes and are experiencing daily uncertainty, stress, difficulty accessing basic necessities, and forgetting how it is to feel safe under a peaceful sky.

But little by little, “brick by brick,” I and many Ukrainian partners have learned to adapt.
Throughout these 12 months, our local nonprofit partners and I are sharing common challenges—air raids, power and water outages, and more. But together, we learned that we must stay strong in spirit, support each other, value our close ones like never before, and learn how to become more resilient in response to crises and everyday life.

On this 1-year anniversary of the Russian-Ukrainian war, I would like sincerely to thank you on behalf of the local communities and the ones in the neighboring countries for your continuous support and generous contributions that are helping people affected by the hostilities.


Yuliya Brodska
Grants and Partnership Consultant

One year later, the need for support remains strong. Your donation to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Relief Fund can help.


P.S. See the difference support has already made for people and communities in need in GlobalGiving’s 2022 Year in Review.

Featured Photo: Protect the Bravest: Help Ukrainian Children by Tabletochki Charity Foundation

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