Principle #6 – Move to Action and help relieve the Ukraine crisis


My apologies for not updating you last Sunday…we had sporadic Wi-Fi coverage while birding in South Africa. Last week we left Etosha National Park and moved south to Okonjima Nature Reserve. We saw leopards, lions, and cheetahs. Okonjima Nature Reserve offers education for big cats through AfriCats Foundation, a Non-Profit organization in Namibia, Africa.

Next, we flew to South Africa for a 15-day birding trip. Needless to say, Dana was in 7th heaven. We had a little rain, so I took an umbrella and was the only one with an umbrella. Apparently, a true birder does not use an umbrella! Oh well! We saw over one hundred birds! It was fantastic!

Cindy is the only one with an umbrella!!!

Also, in South Africa, we went to Kruger National Park. We saw zebras, elephants, hippos, hyenas, and wild dogs. The wildlife in Africa is absolutely fantastic…so different from the United States!

As we are exploring Africa, the Ukrainian crisis continues. And URI and KDU are assisting Ukrainian families in finding employment, teaching Polish and English language classes, providing clothing and food, psychotherapy, mother groups, and activities for teens and young children.

The weather is turning colder, but that’s not stopping the Świetlica Dębniki Community Center from inviting children to enjoy outdoor fun in the courtyard of the community center. Named “childhood country, the country of dreams and love every Saturday.” Check out the video…

The Ukrainian women give back to their new community. On Wednesday, they make dumplings for their Polish neighbors. Piper VanOrd and Kelly Harrington Nicholl were visiting from Pennsylvania and joined in cooking the national dish. It’s a great way for everyone to connect. Enjoy the video of making dumplings,

The community center is open seven days a week with classes, workshops, daycare, and many more activities. There’s something for everyone! Even though Ukrainian women and children are still affected by the war, the community center brings smiles and laughter. Our Ukrainian friends feel welcomed and part of the community. URI + KDU: “1 + 1 = 1,000”

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

If this relief effort speaks to you, please consider a donation. Every little bit helps. To those who have donated, thank you for your generous contributions to making this community center possible. Please spread the word to your social circles. Together we can accomplish so much. Thank you all for being a part of my circle of light! Be positive and stay safe. Hope for peace in Ukraine!

Much love,
Cindy and Dana



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


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.


Use this link: PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and “The 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.


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,


* 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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