This Russian Man Is Renovating The Apartments Of Pensioners And War Veterans Free Of Charge
Anton Savchuk is a 33-year-old construction worker from Russia who is just a simple man like you and I. However, what makes him stand out from all others is his big heart. This man is dedicating his free time to help those in need in a way not many of us would be able to – he uses his skills to renovate the apartments of poor seniors. And here’s the best part: he does it absolutely free of charge.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Anton said the idea came when he saw how poorly people who were getting medals or gifts from officials on TV were living. “These people are living far from good and it really bothered me. I thought, ‘How is this possible that those who served their motherland could live like this?'” wondered the handyman. “War veterans are remembered once a year, on the 9th of May (Victory Day). People with disabilities live in similar conditions. If my project lives on, I’ll include struggling teachers and doctors as well.”
Here’s how 47-year-old tram driver Polina Gennadievna’s apartment looked before renovations
And here’s how it looks after
“We renovated a home that belonged to a veteran of the Second World War which consisted of three different parts, a disabled person, a tram driver, and another veteran who fought in the Siege of Leningrad,” said Anton.
This is how Valentina Isaevna’s, a 71-year-old woman’s who has been disabled since childhood, apartment looked before
And here’s how it looks after
Anton is renovating the apartments from his own pocket. He spent about $1,500 of his money before realizing that the work he was doing was not enough. “The last renovation that I did was the most expensive one. I want to find somebody who could sponsor the work but for that, I probably need more followers and views,” says Anton. “Currently, I’m not sure if I will be able to continue my project or not because it relies on my money that is quickly running out.”
95-year-old war veteran Vasily Fedorovich and his wife Tamara Aleksandrovna have been together over 60 years. Here’s how their apartment looked when Anton visited it
A few people usually help Anton with the renovations and it usually takes them 2 to 3 weeks to complete one. “We paid 99% for the first three renovations,” said the handyman. “Then, some people started sending donations but there were very few of them. We even got a couple of donations from the USA, Canada, and Europe and even though these were rare cases, it really struck me.”
“Usually, people send some money for work supplies, coffee, or tea (they say so in the messages), but even though it’s mostly a few dollars, it’s incredibly nice,” said Anton. “Every little bit helps and inspires me to continue. It makes me realize I’m not alone in my quest.”
Tatyana Ilyinichnam who survived the blockade of Leningrad, will soon celebrate her 80th birthday. Here’s her place before the renovation