Our adventure continues in Africa! We visited Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa. Etosha means “Great White Place” because the park is centered around a salt pan. It’s dry during the winter months, May – October, so wildlife is drawn to more than 40 watering holes. Which makes it easier to observe animals in their habitats. Here are videos of an elephant https://youtu.be/BvVasBIUia4 and a mama rhino and her baby https://youtu.be/TUQ3HNxcXZg.

Beautiful elephant in the desert of Namibia, Africa.

While we enjoy the wildlife and their babies in Africa, the little ones enjoy their kindergarten class at the Świetlica Dębniki Community Center. They had a special birthday celebration! The class enjoyed eating cake and celebrating their little friend! So cute!

Fall has arrived at the community center! In art class this week, they explored different techniques. Fall has been painted, and the results are amazing. There’s always something going on at the community center. They are open seven days a week and offer a place to learn Polish, art/craft classes, mother groups, teen activities, and daycare for the youngest members.

Sponge painting.

The work of KDU has been noticed in Kraków, and everyone wants to help. Daily donations continue to be delivered from the “angels” of the Polish community in the Dębniki district. There are warm clothes and shoes, career clothes for Ukrainian women, backpacks for children, hygiene products, toys…you name it, and they bring it! It’s a community effort to assist the Ukrainians that have been displaced.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in so many lives. Together we are helping Ukrainian families feel important! Your donations to Ukrainian Relief Initiative have made the community center possible. Please consider another donation to help us sustain the community center’s services to Ukrainian families. URI volunteers pay their own way to Poland…their flights, hotels, and food. 100% of your donations go directly to help our new Ukrainian friends. URI + KDU: “1 + 1 = 1,000”

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

I have no words to thank you but to tell you that I’m deeply touched by your love and compassion for all humanity. My heart is full that you are part of my circle of love. Be positive and stay safe. Hope for peace!

Freedom is possible!

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: https://www.paypal.me/UkraineReliefInitiat. 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, https://account.venmo.com/u/Cynthia-Henson-12.


* 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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