Dobrobat spring kicks off: over 220 volunteers joined urgent reconstruction last week
With the arrival of spring, urgently rebuilding the homes of Ukrainians destroyed by the war is also getting more active. Last week, more than 220 volunteers visited sites to clear rubble and repair roofs and windows.
In Kyiv oblast, a team of volunteers urgently repaired the house’s roof in Demydiv, where a family lived. The blast wave from an enemy “strike” damaged the roof. For about a year, the mother and her two children who live here have been unable to repair the roof. The volunteers came to the rescue, restoring the entire rafter system in a few visits, dismantling the broken slate and replacing it with ondulin, and installing the required components. The roof is also being repaired in another house that suffered significant damage due to enemy bombardment. Here, Dobrobat volunteers are helping a retired couple.
In Irpin, our volunteers cleared construction debris from a house where an older woman lived. The apartment had been destroyed by fire after an enemy “strike.” The volunteers cleaned up the rooms and removed the debris. In Kozarovychi, they cleaned up a two-story house shattered by a russian missile. They also helped a local elderly woman clear the rubble of her destroyed home, which had been hit by two enemy “strikes.”
Last week, the volunteers of the Sumy branch visited the site twice. First, they continued dismantling the rubble of a five-story building shelled by enemy fire. Then, gradually, the volunteers cleared the trash from the apartments and dismantled window and balcony blocks. The damage is extensive, so they are using special equipment to handle the tonnes of scrap.
The Dobrobat team from Mykolaiv traveled to Snihurivka. In the village, they urgently repaired the roof of a house where older people live. There were several direct strikes to the house, which resulted in part of the roof being shattered. The volunteers repaired the broken boards and covered the roof with a new slate. They also continued urgent repairs in an apartment building damaged by enemy shelling with S-300 missiles. A total of 40 tonnes of construction waste was removed. In addition, they repaired two ceilings and two walls, restored the roof frame, and repaired the rafters and crate to cover the roof with a new slate.
Volunteers from Kherson are also holding the reconstruction frontline. Last week, they helped to create comfortable conditions in a shelter of one of the city’s medical institutions. They applied putty, primed, and painted the walls of the shelter’s corridor. This was done so that the premises, also being cleaned up by Dobrobat volunteers, could be used as a shelter. Our volunteers also helped the affected residents of Posad Pokrovske. There were several direct strikes to the house, which caused significant damage. Dobrobat volunteers carried out dismantling works, dismantled the building debris, and cleared the premises of roof, wood, and clay remnants. They also removed the remaining bricks from the cement so the owners could use them for further house restoration, which they plan to start as soon as possible.
The courageous volunteers also keep tirelessly helping the residents of Zaporizhzhia and its oblast. Last week, volunteers installed windows and window blocks in an apartment where a family with a six-year-old child lives. The multi-story building where the family lives were damaged by enemy rocket attacks. At the site, a team of volunteers dismantled the OSB boards and installed new metal-plastic windows. In Lezhyne village, they urgently repaired the roof of a house where a young couple with a child lives. Due to enemy rocket attacks, explosive waves blew off the top of their home. Dobrobat’s volunteers insulated the roof and covered it with a new slate.
Volunteers did not stand aside after an enemy missile attack on a five-story building in Zaporizhzhia, which injured and killed civilians. Dobrobat volunteers, together with the Cobra emergency rescue service and rescuers from the State Emergency Service, helped clear the surrounding area of debris. In addition, they helped residents of a neighboring high-rise building damaged by the blast. In six apartments, the volunteers covered the broken windows with OSB boards.
No matter how difficult it is, we must do our best step by step. We thank all the volunteers for your efforts and resilience!
We are grateful to our partners:
◽US-Ukraine Foundation for financial support for reconstructing homes in Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
◽Hilti for providing tools for work at the sites;
◽Vulkan casino for financial support for the restoration of houses in Demydiv, Mykolaiv and Romny;
◽Dymer village council for providing materials for the work in Dymer, as well as for helping with accommodation and meals for volunteers;
◽ Eurasia, a chain of Japanese and European restaurants, for providing meals for volunteers;
◽FASTIV-AUTOTRANS LLC for providing buses for trips to Irpin;
◽ Delta Plus Ukraine for providing gloves, respirators and goggles for volunteers;
◽ Volodymyr Chobotar, representative of Families Without Borders France-Ukraine NGO, for a batch of goggles, construction helmets and respirators for volunteers;
◽ Melexis company for financial support of the restoration of the children’s sports school in Kharkiv