Donate to help families struggling to rebuild as the war in Ukraine continues
Mission Without Borders staff describe the town as decimated, left with no power, running water, or gas since March with massive destruction to infrastructure by relentless fighting and shelling.
"People had to stay in the cold and dark basements for weeks without going outside," says Misha, one of Mission Without Borders' staff that visited the area.
Families are left to rebuild with no gas, water, or electricity
"No shops or drug stores were working. People here are very exhausted, emotionally wounded and hurt. A lot of people died. Straight after the liberation a lot of volunteers came here to help. We also brought food parcels, blankets, warm clothing, footwear, hygiene items to deliver to people," he described.
Those left in Izium know that things are going to get harder in the coming months, especially with the cold winter approaching and continued fighting.
Heating infrastructure within the town is no longer operational and both gas and electricity remain cut off. Families are left to depend on wood-fired stoves for their only source of heat and cooking, and many of the homes and apartments have been left windowless and open to the elements.
Apartments and houses have been left windowless and exposed to the elements
Despite the destruction and sense of hopelessness caused by the war, Misha says the people of Izium are grateful and were extremely happy to receive the food, blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothing delivered by Mission Without Borders - all made possible through the generous support and gifts from donors.
You can help continue to provide aid to families struggling and displaced by the war with a one-time or monthly gift supporting Mission Without Borders Hope in Crisis program.