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Christina Shamrock

Born in Ukraine, Christina’s life was shaped by the experiences of her family, particularly her father who was an Afghan veteran. The horrors of war that he shared with her left a deep impression on her young mind, and she felt a sense of terror whenever she heard of military operations happening in the world.
Despite the fear, Christina remained steadfast in her commitment to helping others. For over a decade, she had been volunteering in New York, lending her time and energy to various causes that aimed to make a difference in people’s lives. However, her thoughts often drifted back to her hometown of Chernihiv in Ukraine, where her friends and family are now living amidst the ongoing conflict.
It was through her former classmate, Volodymyr, that Christina found a way to help.
Volodymyr created a volunteer organization that provided essential supplies and aid to the most vulnerable members of their community. Over time, the organization began to shelter displaced children who had lost their parents to the war.
One day, Volodymyr shared the story of a young boy named Ivan, who had missed a year of school due to the destruction caused by a Russian rocket. With the city focused on rebuilding infrastructure, there is no clear timeline for when schools would be restored. Children like Ivan were slowly losing their chance at education and a better future.
Christina and Volodymyr knew they had to act fast. They both spoke English fluently and believed that teaching English to the children would be a critical and easily-taught skill that could help them build a better future.
Their passion and dedication to helping children affected by war inspired them to create a non-profit organization that would provide education to children like Ivan. They believe that every child deserves the chance to receive an education, regardless of their circumstances.
No child should ever have to experience the brutal realities of war. While we cannot change the past, we can certainly shape the future. Together, we can help children like Ivan build a brighter future, one that is filled with hope and possibility.


Elena Ulansky grew up in Eastern Europe before moving to the United States with her family as a teenager. Maintaining close ties with friends and family members in Russia, she knows firsthand the importance of education in shaping one’s future. Elena’s transformative experience in America allowed her to become an independent, financially stable, and socially established individual.

Returning to her small hometown in Russia for a high school reunion, Elena saw her former friends struggling with limited opportunities for success or happiness. She realized that the chance she had been given by moving to the West had made all the difference in her life. At that moment, Elena promised herself that if she succeeded, she would help children in similar circumstances by providing access to Western values, education, and support.

Now in her 30s, Elena believes the time has come to embark on this journey of giving back. As the founder of Hearts for Humanity, she is dedicated to helping children find their way to a future filled with freedom, success, and leadership. Through her unwavering commitment and personal connection to her cause, Elena is making a lasting impact on the lives of war-affected children in Ukraine.