Schwarzman Scholar Alex Guzenko Family Refugee Fundraiser

Fundraising campaign by Philip Callan
  • US$15,600
    Donated So Far
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Dear Schwarzman community, we wanted to start this campaign to raise funds for our Schwarzman class of 2019 Ukrainian colleagues Oleksandr (Alex) Guzenko, and Lidiia Zhgyr. Alex hopes to raise $15,000 USD to help his mother and sister resettle in Europe. Both Lidiia (whose parents are safe and well) and Alex would like anything above the target $15k to go toward Ukrainian hospitals and charities providing support to wounded soldiers and civilians. As most of you are no doubt aware, on February 24, 2022, Russian troops crossed Ukraine’s sovereign borders and unleashed havoc and violence unseen in Europe since the end of the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. Here is the story of Russia's war of aggression from the lived experience of Alex:

“That morning (February 24), I woke up to the piercing sound of the wailing sirens and knew that the war, which had raged for 8 years, had now reached my doorstep.I packed a small backpack of essential items, and together with my 57-year-old mother and our two black cats closed an important chapter in our lives.

Then came the arduous journey to Western Ukraine, a trip filled with sorrow and uncertainty along with millions of other displaced Ukrainians. We slept in cold, crowded train stations and helped our fellow citizens and accepted assistance when needed. Getting my mom across the border was a difficult task involving days on end waiting in the cold for our spot on a vehicle taking refugees to safety. There were numerous points at which I felt on the verge of mental collapse but the thought of my father, whom I lost to cancer just five years ago, kept me strong. Eventually, my mother made it to safety, where she and my sister are being hosted by a Schwarzman friend - it brings me immense gratitude to reflect on the support and care the Schwarzman community has granted us so far. But our struggle is far from over.”

The journey of a refugee does not end when one reaches safety. On the contrary - it only enters a new chapter. Alex hopes to use the funds to accommodate his mom and sister in Europe, pay the legal costs of resettlement, and cover food and medical expenses that will be necessary over the course of the year while we await a resolution to the conflict. Your contribution, however small, can make this simple wish a reality."

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Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 03, 2022
$200.00
  • Toshin Sequeira
  • Donated on Apr 26, 2022
  • Alex, you're absolutely incredible. There are so many things I admire about you; I'll never forget how you made us feel at home in Beijing right from our first day. Thinking of you and sending you a big hug! <3

$145.00
  • Gareth Deery
  • Donated on Apr 20, 2022
$25.00
May 31

Update from Alex

Update posted by Philip Callan at 04:07 pm

Dear friend,I am writing to express my gratitude for your contribution to my fundraising campaign. With over one hundred backers and in a span of three short weeks we were able to raise $15,000, a sum that would help my family during this tumulus and uncertain time. Thank you for. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

107 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 03, 2022
$200.00
  • Toshin Sequeira
  • Donated on Apr 26, 2022
  • Alex, you're absolutely incredible. There are so many things I admire about you; I'll never forget how you made us feel at home in Beijing right from our first day. Thinking of you and sending you a big hug! <3

$145.00
  • Gareth Deery
  • Donated on Apr 20, 2022
$25.00
  • Brian & Judi Ginty
  • Donated on Apr 18, 2022
$100.00
  • Nataly Mora
  • Donated on Apr 15, 2022
  • Hoping Alex and his family will soon be reunited, safe and starting a new chapter. Hugs

$50.00
  • Amy Stursberg
  • Donated on Apr 14, 2022
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  • Chad Futrell
  • Donated on Apr 14, 2022
$365.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 14, 2022
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  • Jake Miller-Randle
  • Donated on Apr 13, 2022
$200.00
  • Rebecca Singer
  • Donated on Apr 13, 2022
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