The Ukrainian president’s wife visited New York, where world leaders, businessmen, and philanthropists gathered at the opening of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. All of them were invited to the charity event of Zelenska on the occasion of the opening of the fund. The event was attended by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Charles Michel, UK foreign secretary James Cleverly, Sergiy Kyslytsya, CEO of Metropolitan opera in New York Peter Gelb, US television host and actor Jimmy Fallon, actor Matt Damon and others. The president of Ukraine joined the charity event in an online format.
"We protect freedom, protect people and do everything to ensure that as many friends of freedom as possible around the world can contribute to this struggle," said Zelenskyy.
The appointment of the foundation confirmed the words of the president and the presentation from the first lady. The Olena Zelenska Foundation will work in several directions:
Rehabilitation of polyclinics, outpatient clinics, and their logistics.
Rehabilitation of pre-school and school education and provision of grants for education and research.
- Humanitarian relief.
Targeted assistance will be provided to those affected by the Russian war in Ukraine.
"At the heart of my Foundation are people, their welfare. I believe that rebuilding the country begins with people. If their lives are improved, their strength restored, the whole country improves and recovers," the first lady said.
She added that the longer Russia engages in war, the more requests and needs come to the country. The President’s wife had therefore set up a fund to which anyone could contribute. This will significantly scale up assistance to people and provide decent education and treatment to all who need it.