SA2U supported its Swiss-based aid partner Kviten Association with the purchase of 8 wood-burning stoves for the Kharkiv Youth City Council. The stoves were installed in warm shelters used by first responders in between missions. They burn a variety of wood, require no electricity, and can be used for cooking.

Aid Partner:Kviten Association and Kharkiv Youth City Council 
Funds:CHF 2`000
Aid provided:8 wood-burning stoves
Beneficiaries:First responders using warm shelters

In the course of the bombing of Kharkiv during mid- to late-2022, strikes hit residential buildings and critical infrastructure, leaving many residents in the region without reliable sources of light, water, and heat. Infrastructure facilities such as power stations and train lines were damaged, and first responders and repairmen were out endlessly fixing them. These first responders, as well as the staff of the utilities themselves, were also working under grueling conditions, often without light, water, and heat.

The Kharkiv Youth City Council submitted a request for humanitarian aid in the form of wood-burning, potbelly stoves for stationary heating points for first responders in the Kharkiv region.

With the funds, volunteers from the city of Kharkiv purchased 8 stoves for self-contained space heating which were delivered and installed in early December 2022. The stoves heat up quickly and do not require electricity; they can be heated with firewood, branches, and rubble from wooden buildings. This is crucial in the event of a potential, prolonged blackout in Ukraine. The stoves can also be used to cook a meal.

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Kviten Association: Meaning “April” in Ukrainian, the word “Kviten” is derived from the blooming of flowers in that month. The association sources and ships medicine and medical equipment to Ukrainian pharmacies, hospitals, and medical associations and also provides humanitarian aid such as food and clothing. SA2U has partnered with Kviten on numerous projects since the beginning of the war, includingin particular many successful shipments of medical supplies to places including Kharkiv, Khmelnitsky, Kryvyi Rih, Kherson, Odessa, and Kyiv, and more.