Since 2013 unemployment has been high and wages have dropped considerably, while inflation rates have been very high. The country's currency has also never recovered from losses back in 2014. As always, those suffering the greatest hardship are the already impoverished and vulnerable - those income earners whose purchasing power has evaporated.
One of the hardest hit items has been energy costs, which have more than tripled over this period with gas prices rising by another 50% since November, as families continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19. Families are forced to cut back on food to provide bare minimums and have nothing left to spare. They are cold and lacking proper nutrition. The families of our sponsored children at our sponsor sites, all of whom were already suffering from poverty and many with children who have disabilities, are undergoing extreme hardship.
The Pochaiv sponsor site director has come to Chalice for help. There are 155 sponsored children (405 non-sponsored family members) from two communities who are in desperate need of help to get them through this winter. The site will distribute 110.7 tons of wood briquettes (considered the most efficient and effective means of heat in this area and for these homes), to 90 families. The briquettes will be purchased by our site and will be distributed by truck to each of the families - carefully coordinated and managed to ensure that those identified actually receive them. The total cost will be $29,486.21 ($327.62/family).
Funding Request: $29,486.21
Project number: UPP1120
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other emergencies that may arise.