Russian Church sending volunteers to repair homes in Mariupol

Moscow, March 17, 2023

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Through the Russian Orthodox Church’s Synodal Department for Charity, teams of volunteers have begun traveling to war-torn Mariupol to help repair the homes of the suffering people of the city.

Groups of 10-12 rotate weekly missions. The first group already completed repairs on one house where a large family of deaf people live and began repairs on a second. Now there is a second group of volunteers in Mariupol, the Department reports.

“A large family lives in the renovated house. The parents are deaf, the father can’t lift anything heavy,” said the head of the project, Yuri Gruby. “The roof leaked in the house for a whole year, especially in the nursery. Sometimes the mother held a basin so that the water wouldn’t drip on the child while he was sleeping. There are a lot of people in need, but there aren’t enough workers.”

The Department already has a list of 50 houses where elderly, large families, people with disabilities, and single mothers live.

Teams especially include carpenters, roofers, window makers, plasterers, painters, masons, and tile makers. The costs of travel, accommodation, and meals are entirely covered by the Synodal Department.

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