WHY DO WE REQUIRE YOUR HELP?
The first phase of renovation work requires about 40,000 USD (which is equivalent to about 1,000,000 UAH). The renovation work is divided into a number of phases. The first regards drainage; the next is the reinforcement of the roof and to stop leaking; the third phase foresees new windows (there are currently very unstable and perilous condition). The renovation will also renew some of the interior, in particular the electrical installation (installed during the Communist regime). Renovation plans also include renovation of the sanctuary and the execution of a new altar and pulpit.
Parishioners have decided to gather 5,000 USD by their own means from their own incomes and pensions. To better illustrate the difficult economic realities, I would like to put that sum into context. The median monthly salary in Ukraine is 7,000 UAH (about 275 USD). To fill a car gas tank of about 50 L, it is necessary to pay 1,500 UAH. Gas and electricity bills require from 4,000-5,000 UAH per month, where 1 USD recently is equivalent to 25 UAH.
That is why I have decided to start the project in cooperation with The Auxilium Foundation from Tarnów, Poland (I come from this Diocese). They have made available a sub-account for fund collection.
I turn to you, dear reader, asking for a gift from your heart, a tithe, whatever feels right to you. I don’t ask for this for myself, but for my parishioners. I see their hard work and effort, their heart and engagement in saving the Church building – and through the building, this parish family. I see that their sincere solicitude for their community’s church is a sign and witness for others. We have people who come from a far to participate in the life of this small parish family. By assuming such a huge undertaking of renovation, we do this for the future generations of people of good will, who will be led to our parish church by Divine Providence.
I firmly believe that the Church is universal; that those we ask, receive; that those who knock, will have the door opened to them. I, therefore, ask you for financial help. May the Church in Nadvirna be a continually vibrant community; and may the faithful continue to count on the presence of a parish priest.
WHAT ARE WE COLLECTING AT THIS PHASE?
The first phase is the renovation of the Church building and its surroundings. This includes: excavational work, drainage and insulation of the Church foundation from water, drainage of the terrain, installation of rainwater drainage systems, installation of sewer pipes and grates for rainwater, renovation and installation of gutters, assessment of roof condition (rafters and trusses) and the preparation for roof cover replacement.
Foreseen cost of the investment: $40,000 USD (about 160,000 PLN)
Planned start of renovation work – summer 2020