Hi, my name is Svyatoslav. I am thirty seven years old, and I live with my three kids and lovely wife. My wife's name is Viktoria and she is thirty three years old. I also have a twelve year old son named Alexander, a six year old daughter named Diana, and a six year old son named David. We live in Kiev, Ukraine. I own a contracting and building business. I work forty hours a week. My wife is a housewife. My monthly income is $10,090.
Ukraine is a very large country. It is located southeast of Europe, and on Ukraine's coast line is the Black Sea. The countries that border Ukraine is Belarus on the north, Russia on the north and east, the Black Sea on the south, Moldova and Romania on the southwest, and Hungary, Slovakia and Poland on the west. In 2013 the population of Ukraine was 44.5 million. The capital city is Kiev, and other larger cities in Ukraine are Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, and Donetsk. Their official language is Ukrainian, but they also speak Russian. Ukraine has a lot of black soil unforested grassland.
Me and my family live in a four bedroom house. We love our house, and its location. However, we don't like the fact that there are no shops nearby. Our roof is very well made. It is very sophisticated and made of durable metal. Our roof would look different if we were less fortunate. Instead of being made of durable metal, it would have been made of natural materials or cheap metals. We have reliable electricity, running water and a working toilet. Unlike poor families who have to wash their hands, in an open water bucket, instead of a sink. We also have a working washing machine, to wash and dry our dirty clothes. However, if we were a poor family we would have washed our clothes in an open water bucket. We buy all of our food, and it only costs us 10% of our income. Clean drinking water is also easily accessible in our house. But, this drinking water comes at a price that is still only 10% of our income. Eating meat is very common for our family. It is stored in our freezer and is eaten regularly. This is the complete opposite from a poor family. Eating meat in a poor family is very rare since, they can't afford it. We cook our food in a stove that runs on electricity. This stove is safe and ready when we want to use it. We also have a variety of utensils, like a bigger selection of cups, spoons, forks, etc. Whereas a much lower income family would only have one or two cups, spoons, forks, etc.
We can save money. In fact, sometimes we go vacation with all the money we save up. The farthest vacation we have ever taken was to Egypt. Our dream is to travel the world and we are slowly achieving that goal. The next big purchase we are going to make is to buy a brand new car. Out of our whole house our favourite thing is our documents, and photographs.
Children are being affected due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. With the fighting and life in eastern Ukraine getting worse, 1.7 million people are getting nationally displaced. On top of this, many families have lost their income, social benefits, and access to healthcare. While the price of living there has risen. Children are living with unpredictable fighting for the past three years! More than 740 schools have been damaged, leaving several children out of school. People must leave their homes, and have no access to water and heat. Nineteen thousand children face the danger of landmines. While 12 000 children live in communities that are shelled once a month. (Shell is a payload-carrying projectile that contains an explosive filling.) Thousands of children are forced to take refuge in shelters that are made with anything available. All of this is having a negative impact on the children. People that are close to these children have seen signs among them, like nightmares, aggression, and social withdrawal and panic triggered by loud noises. UNICEF has helped a lot of children in this crisis. They provided 207,000 children and caregivers with psychological support. They gave warm clothes to 10,000 children and families living in poor communities. They gave 2.5 million people safe drinking water. Rehabilitated 50 schools and provided education materials for 150,00 children. And they supported the safe births of about 29,000 babies with midwifery kits.
The Red Cross has been helping many people in this crisis. They have been providing many object/things to help the people in this situation. They have installed bomb warning signs to keep people from going into a land mine infested area. They gave 23,000 people cash assistance, to help them reach their basic needs every month. They also delivered 466,000 food parcels to 165,000 people living in vulnerable communities, and more. After all, these organizations are doing the best they can, to help people in these situations.