Kibworth and Fleckney Rotary Club
Rotary District 1070 Foundation Grant
The club recently heard about a family who had fled Ukraine because of the war with Russia with only a suitcase containing food for their journey and the clothes they stood up in. They are now residing in Kibworth and in need of some assistance with their day to day needs.
Oksana Nikomarova and her 17 year old son Maks are from Kyiv where they lived with her husband, sister and her parents. Maks was in his last year of school and was hoping to go to University in Slovakia. Oksana’s husband had to stay in Ukraine as all eligible men of fighting age were not allowed to leave.
They left the Ukraine in mid-April, their journey took them to Lviv where they stayed for a month with a stranger whilst the paperwork came through to allow them to travel the three days across Europe to the UK by train.
The family arrived in Kibworth on May 5. They both speak a little English but are not confident in using it. Oksana is having English lessons and looking for some paid work.
This has been an emotional and cultural shock for them both.
The club found out that their immediate needs were clothing and footwear, and applied for a Rotary District Foundation Grant to help with the costs of these items. We were happy to present them with £750.OO worth of store vouchers for their use.
L to R Paul Kirby, Maks Nikomarova, Okana Nikomarova, President Robert Easthope
We wish them every success in their new life in the UK.
Rotary Club of Kibworth & Fleckney