This week on our journey to Phoenix, we stopped at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Utah and Arizona. The valley is a sacred area on the Navajo Reservation, and the view is absolutely stunning. Check out the video… https://youtu.be/6sS6ystme4Q.

We made it to Phoenix, where we met with friends and picked up our bikes. When we travel, we leave equipment we are not using at family and friends’ houses, and they are kind enough to store them. Then we visit, pick them up, and move on to our next adventure. After Phoenix, we drove to La Quinta, California. We are back in our home state! Woohoo! We will be back in San Diego in a couple of weeks and pack for our five-week trip to Africa. And we will return to Poland in December.


Beautiful sunset in Utah.


Home sweet home!                                                               View at our campsite in La Quinta, CA.

Our Athena Journey is almost over. And we will settle back into our condo in downtown San Diego. Our work with Ukraine Relief Initiative speaks to me and my life purpose. I’m on the URI board and will continue to help our Polish partners. My next calling is to spread the word about the mission of URI with cities, NGOs, groups, and clubs in San Diego. I would welcome your ideas and suggestions for speaking engagements. With the Russian war still raging, our Ukrainian friends need our help, and I ask you to help us share their stories. Please contact me on my website, https://cindyhenson.online/cindy-contact/. Thank you so much.

The Ukraine Relief Initiative with our partners Kraków Dębniki for Ukraine (KDU) and Fundacja Let’s Help Together Foundation, has funded the Świetlica Dębniki Community Center and Psychotherapy/Women’s Center, the Nest, and the Falcon, a refugee and medical center in Ukraine. We are hoping to raise $200 K to fund them for another six months. If this speaks to you, please help us with a contribution, see below for ways to make your donation. Or if you want to join us in Poland, please reach out. Dana and I are going in December and would love to have your company. URI + KDU: “1 + 1 = 1,000”

“Relieve the crisis. Thoughtfully. With Discipline and heart. Now.”

A URI board member, Ethan Evans, his wife, and her son just visited Kraków to resupply the Nest (refugee center) and Falcon (medical center) in Ukraine. They had an unexpected delay during their travels, so it was a quick trip to Ukraine. They delivered $1100 in food to the Nest and $4200 in medical supplies to the Falcon. Their journey to Ukraine may have been brief, but nothing stands in their way of helping Ukrainians in need. Their unselfish dedication is truly inspiring.

 
Ethan buying supplies for the Nest and Falcon trip.               Supplies for the Nest and Falcon.     

Packing Pearl for a trip to Ukraine.

Fundacja Let’s Help Together Foundation celebrated the official opening of the Psychotherapy Center. The center is located on two floors of an apartment building in Kraków. The first floor offers activities for young people to connect with their peers. The second floor is for children and adult psychotherapy. Even though they just celebrated their opening, they have been operating for two months and have served 500 people. They are generous with their love and compassion and offer these services at no cost.

Pictured above left is Agnieszka Korsak, a founder of the foundation. On the right are Łucja Malec-Kornajew and Olga Lany at Center opening.               

We can’t do anything about the tragedy of war, but these services are one way we can help. Please contribute if you desire and share this message with others. Thank you for your continued love and support of Dana and me. I feel blessed to have you in my circle of light. Hope for peace for Ukraine and for the world.

Freedom is possible!

Much love,
Cindy and Dana

 

HOW TO MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

These contributions are tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) pass-through charity.

TO CONTRIBUTE BY CHECK:
Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative). After you write your check to the Hispanic Community Council, please mail your check to:

Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o Gladys Archer
115 Main Ave
Warren, PA 16365

Please indicate “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo and include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email). * See the footnote at the bottom for details on the Hispanic Community Council.

TO CONTRIBUTE ELECTRONICALLY BY PAYPAL:
Use this link: https://www.paypal.me/UkraineReliefInitiat. PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and “Hispanic Community Council,” our 501(c)3 pass-through organization.

In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.

CONTRIBUTE WITH NO TAX RECEIPT
Venmo directly to my personal account now, and I’ll ensure your funds get where they need to be. Make sure to indicate “Ukraine Relief Initiative” in the transfer. Please give me your contact info (phone, email, address). You can Venmo directly to me:

Click this link, https://account.venmo.com/u/Cynthia-Henson-12.

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* In light of the emergency needs in Poland/Ukraine and the prohibitively long lead time of months or even years to establish a new charity in the US, the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County (HCC), a local 501(c)(3) charity in the Warren-Jamestown area, has generously stepped forward, slashed the red tape, and agreed to act as the passthrough charity to process payments and issue tax receipts for our Ukraine Relief Initiative, consistent with their broad charitable mandate relating to international community engagement.  HCC is not charging our initiative one single penny to act as our passthrough charity. 100% of your contributions sent to HCC and earmarked for the Ukrainian Relief Initiative will go directly towards our mission of relieving the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

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