As my colleagues, friends and family, most of you know that I grew up in Russia and lived in Crimea (then Ukraine) before immigrating to USA in 2002. This year, Richard and I are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our marriage, and 10 years since we began our mission in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is not just “hitting home” it is my home. Thanks to our team at HueLife, Richard and I can dedicate most of our time now to helping organize and coordinate resources for immediate relief efforts in Ukraine through our trusted partners, including NGOs, volunteer groups, business leaders, students, and local governments we worked with over the last ten years.
We are now 1 month into this war. Many of you have reached out and expressed your concerns, already donated to our cause, and shared our story. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support! As a result, we were able to help sustain life in occupied Kharkiv and Kherson, where volunteers are attending to shelters and delivering food, medicine, and warm clothes; evacuate orphans from eastern regions of Ukraine (Lugansk and Donetsk), assist elderly, who lost access to their pension with cash, and transport people with disabilities in Mykolaiv to safer areas of the community. $43,000 has been raised since the start of our fundraising campaign; this money is already in Ukraine feeding and sheltering hundreds of people.
We are committed to providing regular updates now on funds collected and how they will be distributed. To learn more and stay connected to this work, follow our story at Global Synergy Group, sign up for updates newsletter, or join me for virtual briefings.
Living the HueLife Mission
We at HueLife, stand behind our mission to educate, facilitate and inspire engagement in meaningful action for the greater good of communities and organizations. We accomplish our mission by facilitating and implementing practices that heal cultural wounds of the past, overcome dysfunctional group dynamics, and bridge the gap between fear and courage to embrace innovation and risk-taking. We also build the capacity of other leaders to accomplish those same goals.
Starting in 2014, our co-founders, Irina and Richard Fursman, through their non-profit organization, Global Synergy Group, led colleagues and students in Ukraine in public engagement and community empowerment with the P.E.A.C.E. summit. Their work led Ukraine toward justice and peace. That work and journey continued until very recently when Ukraine was invaded by Russia. The needs of the Ukrainian people in restoring justice and peace is now critical as are efforts to support Ukrainians in meeting their basic needs and safety.
If you are looking for a way you can help, HueLife recommends Global Synergy Group as a champion for grassroots efforts in Ukraine. Click on the button below to learn more and show your support.