21:56 27 Sep 2023

Canadian diaspora restores access to drinking water in 36 villages of Kherson region

The Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) have provided access to safe water to 36 villages in Beryslav district, Kherson region, as part of the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

What is the problem?

Due to the enemy's constant shelling of civilian infrastructure in the Kherson region, many villages were left without a safe water supply. Prior to the liberation of the region from Russian occupation, water pumps and towers were damaged, destroyed, and stolen by the occupation forces. An additional problem the affected communities faces is the lack of regular water supply for crops and household plots, which leads to a decrease in harvests.

Канадська діаспора допомогла відновити доступ

What is the problem?

After studying the problem of these settlements, the UCC and CUF provided a $50,000 grant to the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), which helped to purchase and deliver 40 submersible water pumps and 60,000-liter water tanks to local communities.

The villages receiving this assistance are among the least provided with humanitarian aid in this region, primarily due to their dangerous proximity to Russian troops. Some of them are located just a few hundred meters from the front line, said Victor Getmanchuk, Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

How does it work?

Funds for this project were raised during a breakfast speech by Bob Rae, Canada's honorary ambassador to the UN since 2020, on June 27.

This assistance ensures the long-term resilience of communities. Together we are making a significant impact on the lives of thousands of Ukrainians affected by the war. However, our work is far from over. We will continue to defend the rights of these communities and strive for a future in which access to clean water is guaranteed for all, emphasizes Getmanchuk.

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