Russian bombs fell on the home of Ilya (11) and Nikita Kalimbet (7), who lived in Popasna in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, killing their mother and completely destroying the town. The boys were also severely injured in the explosions. As orphans, they are now being cared for by their grandmother and aunt in a secure location. The town of Popasna was fully destroyed.

Their grandmother is trying to adopt both children, who need medical care. Ilya broke his hand and was wounded by fragments of the bomb, losing his vision, which has now been almost restored. He has had two surgeries and needs more. Nikita was also wounded by shrapnel and received medical treatment at the hospital.

The boys are receiving assistance from Shakthar Social Foundation where, before the war started in February, they participated in Shakhtar Social activities, including the main football project called ‘Come On, Let’s Play!’ in Popasna. Shakthar Football Club is raising money for the Foundation’s activities to help children such as Ilya and Nikita as well to fund emergency shelter for refugees fleeing Russian bombs and shells.

Shift360 and Shakthar Social Foundation signed an MoU to channel the funds to support the emergency shelters. A number of football players from FC Shakthar Donetsk as well as Brazilian football player J. Moraes have started to donate to Shift360 in support of this initiative.

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Shift 360 battles fear with love and care by helping Shakhtar Social Foundation welcoming Ukrainians, internally displaced people (IDPs), mothers, children, and young girls are fleeing, scared and afraid (because of war) in shelters, providing warmth, food, and medicines in Shelter Centre.

We are not afraid to meet them, help them and share our humanity. We are not scared to give!


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Nikita Kalimbet (7 years old) and Ilya Kalimbet (11 years old) from Popasna (Luhansk region)

About Shift 360 Foundation

Our 360-degree approach seeks to engage the private sector, governments, academic and religious leaders in order to bring innovative and creative solutions to poverty.

At Shift 360 Foundation, we facilitate market-based solutions that address critical social inequalities in the Greater Mekong Subregion by:

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT: Catalyzing fair and sustainable employment.

ECONOMIC GROWTH: Improving access to services essential to economic growth.

INFLUENCING DECISION MAKERS: Influencing decision makers to adopt a common good approach.

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