Pavlo, Olena and Ivan's Story

In the heart of Watford, a group of remarkable Ukrainian students has been quietly facing a unique set of challenges. As students, they receive a grant from Ukraine amounting to a mere £40 a month. While this grant might seem like a lifeline, it ironically renders them ineligible for Universal Credit.

Recently, Goods For Good had the privilege of crossing paths with these students, Pavlo, Olena and Ivan. Their dedication to volunteering with us, despite their own struggles, served as a poignant testament to their compassionate hearts. As they shared their story, we were astonished to learn of their struggles and moved by the sheer strength of their character and their selfless commitment to making a difference to others in need.

While their host family ensures they have a roof over their heads and food on the table, the reality is that the £40 per month needs to stretch to cover all other expenses. To put this into context, as a single person or student, the estimated cost of living per month in the UK without rent is £651. It's a feat of budgeting that would challenge anyone, yet these students navigate it with grace. 

The power of collective goodwill

Here at Goods For Good, we believe in the power of collective goodwill. It was an honour to extend a helping hand to these students, providing them clothing and toiletries that could alleviate some of their daily burdens. Every small gesture counts, and we were humbled to be a part of their journey.

Their story serves as a reminder that strength often emerges from the most unexpected corners. Despite their own financial constraints, these Ukrainian students are dedicating their time to support others in need. Their actions echo the very spirit of Goods For Good - a spirit of selflessness, compassion, and an unyielding commitment to creating positive change.

How you can help us support more people like Pavlo, Olena and Ivan

In the end, it's stories like these that remind us of the impact we can make when we come together. As we continue our mission to support those in need, we're inspired by the resilience of these Watford-based Ukrainian students. If you'd like to help us support more people like Pavlo, Olena and Ivan then there are a number of ways you can get involved; from setting up a regular donation to fundraising or even volunteering your time, every act of kindness ripples far beyond its initial impact. Together, we can empower those in need, and ensure that compassion knows no boundaries. Learn more about the various ways you can support our work.

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