The last few days, we visited the southern region of the Pantanal. We saw Toco Toucans, blue and yellow macaws, and many other birds. The Pantanal covers 42 million acres, so you can imagine there’s a lot to see! We flew north into the wetlands, where we would be for the next few days. We’ll go on a safari to see caimans, jaguars, and of course…more birds! Super fun!

Toco Toucan in Pantanal, Brazil.

Here we are at Campo Grande International Airport. Cool safari mural!

Even traveling in Brazil, we’re still in touch with our friends in Poland. In Kraków, the community center has art classes for children. It’s therapeutic for them to be creative and to be with other children who share the same trauma of war. Also, the teen classes are a big success. Teens keep a lot of their feelings inside, and sometimes it can be challenging to get them involved. But the community center is a great place for them to connect with each other. There are cooking classes, origami classes, and other opportunities for them to get involved. It’s absolutely delightful to see the smiles on all faces at the community center. Thank you for your generous donations to make this possible!

Happy children with their creative pictures of small animals! Beautiful!

Teens were learning to create origami figures. Look at their smiles!

This week, Piper VanOrd, Michal Piasecki, and Megan Ullrich made another supply run to the Nest in Ukraine – a makeshift home for 80 women and children that fled their homes. And because Piper writes so beautifully, I want to share her story of their journey to the Nest and Falcon. Enjoy!

“Arriving at the Nest brought all the emotions. With your donations, we delivered dozens of pairs of shoes, cases of shelf-stable milk, coffee, buckwheat flour, pasta, sugar, sunflower oil, salt, toilet paper, shower gels, shampoos, notebooks, laundry detergent, sponges, mop, cleaning supplies, and Legos!

As I looked around the yard, kids sitting in the grass together, moms talking with one another, laundry on the line to dry, I took a deep breath and tried to imagine myself in their place. Pushed onto the very outskirts of my country, having left my entire world behind, trying desperately to communicate with loved ones for months, watching as familiar neighborhoods and towns are destroyed, lives lost, with no clear end in sight.

Please remember this war rages on. We can bring awareness so they know we have not forgotten them, their loved ones, their situation, and their world. That they are important. If you can donate, ways to do so are below. If you are not able, please share this message; it may reach someone who can. Beyond contributing, please keep them, and the possibility that peace may come in your spiritual space – whatever that may be.”
– Piper VanOrd

Piper handed out treats to the children at the Nest.

Our mission is to give food and supplies in a practical way and to give love and friendship in an emotional and spiritual way that lets them all know they matter and are not forgotten. Thank you, team…we love your hearts and dedication to our Ukraine Relief Initiative friends.

There are many ways Ukraine Relief Initiative is helping our new Ukrainian friends. The community center in Kraków with daycare, language, art, and motivational classes, job searching help, food/clothes pantry, etc., therapy and school at the Psychotherapeutic Integration Center, and the van runs into Ukraine to the Nest, and Falcon – Oksana’s medical center. We desperately need funds to keep all of these programs running. Ukrainians don’t deserve the devastation of a senseless war. Thank you so much for your donations and support of these humanitarian efforts. Will you consider another small donation? And please share our message with your contacts. It’s up to us to help these kind and gentle people find a new life. Thank you so much! Be positive and stay safe. #peaceforukraine #wesupportukraine

Freedom is possible!


Much love,
Cindy and Dana


All contributions are fully tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) passthrough charity.

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c/o John Kersey
208 Liberty Street
Warren, PA 16365

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