Olena, along with her husband and daughter, initially made the move to western Ukraine at the start of the war. However, the looming threat of rockets and bombs forced them to make a brave decision to seek refuge elsewhere. They spent five challenging months in Bulgaria, grappling with difficulties in adapting and the absence of proper housing assistance.
Their journey took a turn for the better upon arriving in Romania, particularly when they connected with the JRS community. there, Olena found the safety and security she had yearned for. She actively engaged in the weekly Biography Counselling sessions, viewing them as essential for her mental well-being. These sessions served as a crucial source of support and guidance, helping her navigate the complex landscape of her experiences and emotions.
For Olena, the thought of returning to Ukraine remains distant, as her utmost priority is to create a future free from fear for her daughter. Her deepest aspiration is to provide a life where they can reside without the constant threat of conflict hanging over them.
In addition to her personal journey, Olena wishes to convey a powerful message: “Regardless of the circumstances, it is crucial that we remain and continue to be good human beings. These events can easily take away our hope and the goodness from our hearts. I wish for peace in the world, not just in Ukraine, where everyone can return to their homes.”
Olena’s words serve as a poignant reminder of the significance of preserving our compassion and humanity, even in the face of adversity.
JRS is working together with the Xavier Network, Concordia Moldova, the Society of Jesus in Europe, local civil society, and NGOs in a coordinated Jesuit response. Together we help thousands of people like Olena. You can read more about The One Proposal: the coordinated Jesuit response to support the Ukraine Crisis here.