The world was brought to a standstill as news broke on February 24th that Russia had invaded Ukraine.

As with any crisis, women, children, marginalized communities, and the poor will be those most affected. As the world watches on TVs and smartphones, it’s a natural thought to want to help in some way.

Here in Kusadasi we became aware of coaches of Ukrainians arriving a few days ago and the amount of people wishing to help was amazing from the ex-pat community and the local Turkish community.

Originally, the women in the group said that they were happy with what they have for now, but it was the children who were suffering and needed aid.

Olena Burgac , a member of the Ukrainian community living here in Kusadasi asked for fruit, childrens toys, books in English and nappies.

Many people have been going to the two hotels where the Ukrainians are staying and leaving lots of necessities.

I spoke to Olena last night and she is hoping to be given a room at the Belediye where people can leave donations that will be sent direct to Ukraine.

Olena, is to get back to me today with an update and a list of what to leave that will benefit people the most. She did mention medicine, pasta and dry soup powder.

As soon as I know what is needed, and exactly where to go, I will post on our social media platforms.

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