Project Volya is a civilian initiative to provide Ukrainian defenders with the life-saving resources they need to survive their fight against Russian aggression. With the help of hard-earned connections in Ukraine and North America we are putting battlefield medical tools in the hands of Ukrainian forces.
Brought Together By War
Project Volya, started as a meeting of strangers in a cramped office inside of the Lviv Volunteer Centre, two weeks after the Russo-Ukrainian War exploded into the most violent conflict Europe has seen in a generation.
Our founder Kevin had been making his own way through the whirlwind of humanitarians, foreign fighters, journalists, and war tourists in Lviv, Ukraine. Once he realized a clear goal lay before him, he reached out to a lifetime of contacts and started making major breakthroughs. Project Volya was born!
Not long after Kevin was interviewed by Canada's state broadcaster, he was contacted by three more volunteers from Western Canada who were looking for ways they could help. All three are now partners in the project, bringing specialist skills to bear. Project Volya is thriving and growing!
Modern battlefield medicine is an amazing thing, advances in medical knowledge and technology mean that injuries which were once death sentences can now be survived, if provided with timely intervention. Here are a few of the items Project Volya provides to Ukrainian forces.
An ancient technology brought into the 21st century.
Tourniquets help stop life-threatening bleeding from damaged or amputated limbs. They work by squeezing tightly shut the veins and arteries that normally carry blood around the body, shutting off the flow and preventing the loss of blood through them when they are damaged.
The cutting edge of chemistry and biology, in one critical package.
Hemostatic gauze is used to pack into the wound left by projectiles or shrapnel as they move through soft tissue like skin and muscle. The gauze helps absorb blood and is impregnated with chemicals that cause blood to rapidly coagulate and help prevent lethal internal bleeding.
Letting wounded people breathe easier.
Chest seals help people with penetrating wounds of the thorax survive. Human breathing works by muscle movements increasing or decreasing the pressure in our chest cavities to fill our lungs. Certain wounds can disrupt this process and make it hard or impossible to breathe. This is where chest seals come into play.