Kim Sigurdson is just not unfamiliar with struggling, having seen it together with his personal folks in distant elements of Canada. It is one of many causes the Métis philanthropist from Manitoba felt compelled to supply his assist to the folks of Ukraine.
“They got here right here with nothing and so they’re struggling. Us indigenous individuals are struggling. Now we have very, little or no,” Sigurdson advised CTV Nationwide Information.
Earlier this month, Sigurdson flew to Poland on his personal dime and boarded a bus to go to Lviv, Kyiv and Irpin in Ukraine.
He labored with Yaroslav Yurtsaba from a big safety group, and so they have been in Lviv when town was struck by Russian missiles.
“There was a significant hit on Lviv. Kim was there precisely at the moment. So, proper now the one menace is ballistic missiles,” Yurtsaba advised CTV Nationwide Information.
The struggling Sigurdson noticed in Ukraine, nevertheless, was not like something he’d seen earlier than.
“There have been some locations the place there have been physique elements and the odor of loss of life lingered within the air,” he stated.
Yurtsaba says that the provides which are in scarcity but in addition excessive in demand are hygienic objects, sleeping luggage and meals. And seeing prolonged meals strains, and restricted shelter choices, Sigurdson’s major precedence has been to supply quick provides and monetary support he introduced from Canada.
He labored to get some meals, medication and merchandise to get to those folks “who’re on the market having such a tough time.”
“We’re elevating some funds proper now for meals, medication and first support kits,” he stated.
With plans to return again in July after his two-week stint in Could, he goals to deliver metal ship and railroad containers that may be changed into non permanent housing.
“They want a spot to go and so they want it now,” Sigurdson stated.