"If not us, then who?" said Lora Pavlenko as her husband, Valery, nodded in agreement when asked why they work on the many projects they organize for youth, low-income families and the disabled.
This husband and wife were charter members of the Kiwanis Club of Kiev in 2007. The club has 15 members, most of whom are between the ages of 20 and 35 years old.
“If the revolution was happening at this moment, we still would carry out today’s event and people would still come,” said Valery of the club’s Easter egg hunt. “This revolution was a revolution of dignity. It was not a coup or military action. ... It is at times of crisis that we especially need to organize events for children. Social programs are being closed. We need to organize even more assistance for these children and these families.”
Read, in their words, how their nation's current crisis has affect the lives of Kiev-area children, youth and adults—in your August 2014 Kiwanis magazine.
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