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RPCVs from Ukraine Share Their Stories

RPCVs from Ukraine Share Their Stories

Amy Smethurst (Ukraine '04 - '06) and Stephanie Corbett (Ukraine '01 - '03) spoke to CARV on March 13, 2022 about the effect of the war in Ukraine on their host families, co-workers and friends.  These harrowing stories made us even more aware of the terrible destruction and terror being brought to Ukraine by the Russian invasion.  


Click here for a link to the Zoom meeting.  The passcode is &Ud9$0$s


Amy and Stephanie shared many reliable resources for finding information on Ukraine and ways to help:

PBS Newshour: Ukraine's History and its Centuries-long Road to Independence: Click here

Netflix documentary, Winter on Fire, about Ukraine's 2014 uprising available free on youtube:  Click here

The RPCV Alliance for Ukraine has updated information and many suggested ways to help.  Click here

Stephanie's friend and former Ukrainian language instructor Oleksii (Alex) has remained in Ukraine where he is coordinating the bomb shelter effort for Kyiv.  He was recently interviewed on a Canadian podcast.  Here is a link to his amazing story.


To donate directly to support evacuees in  bomb shelters in Kyiv underground subways, Stephanie recommends using the wire transfer service WISE to send funds directly to Oleksii Dairabekov.  

Beneficiary (Бенефіціар)


UA 08 322001 00000 2620 3306 9927 11

Account No



DAIRABEKOV OLEKSII, 04214, Ukraine, c. Kyiv, st. Pivnichna, build. 28, fl. 35

Donations can also be made through a Go Fund Me page. Click here for the link.

Amy has a creative way to support Ukraine by selling traditional Easter eggs, Pysanka, as a fundraiser for Ukraine.  See the attachments for instructions for both donors and parishes, or other interested groups, on how to assist Amy with this effort.