When six year old Illia Kostushevych from Mariupol read British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s open letter to Ukrainian children, he decided to reply.
“I want the war to end more quickly, so that people don’t die anymore. I want to play football in my hometown of Mariupol. I would like all the children in the world to experience no war. Please say hello to all the kids in Britain for me, thank you for helping us. We will win! I have a cat named Frosya. I am sending you the flag of Ukraine that I drew. Hugging you tightly,” Illia wrote.
That letter was received by the British Prime Minister as seen in the picture.
Illia’s parents were both killed when Russian rockets fell on Mariupol. He is just one of many children being assisted by the Shakhtar Football Club. The football club is part of the Shakhtar Social Foundation which receives funding from Shift360 Foundation.
Illia has since been adopted by Maria and Volodymyr Bespalyi from Slovyansk. The Shakhtar Football Club is committed to continuing to assist the family with Illia’s medical bills. Illia, who loves football, says that when he grows-up he will go to rebuild Mariupol.
“Unfortunately, there will be a lot of such stories during the war. Therefore, FC Shakhtar intends to provide support to families that adopt the kids who have lost their family members. We will be helping such families as long as there is a need for it. Today we take care of two families. I wish there were as few such situations as possible, but they do exist, which means we will help,” says Sergei Palkin, CEO of Shakhtar Football Club.
Shift360 foundation signed an MoU with Shakthar Social Foundation to channel funds to support emergency shelters for internally displaced women and children. Donating to Shift 360 will help more children like Illia to begin to heal from their trauma and find a brighter future, You can make your donation at https://shift360.ch. Thank you for your support, every little bit helps!
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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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:
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Also published: https://shakhtar.com/en/news/2022/may/26_news/26_illia_sergei-palkin_darijo-srna_fc-shakhtar/