War has broken out in Ukraine. Millions of people are fleeing the country and heading west. Many will seek refuge in Poland and in Slovakia. They need our immediate help.
What is Happening in Ukraine
Uncertainty in Ukraine has now culminated in an outright attack by Russia on Ukraine. This has caused many people to flee in fear for their lives. According to information (UN), more than 2 million people have left Ukraine so far. These are mostly women and children, because men have been called to defend their country. Many are traumatized, and come with only basic supplies. The fighting and the consequences of the war are causing further masses of people to leave Ukraine.
How We Are Helping
The Integra Foundation is helping in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.
- In Ukraine, we have set up a temporary refuge near Kyiv for people on the move. We have created a humanitarian aid warehouse in Uzhhorod, which we supply with material aid from Slovakia. From Uzhhorod, our Ukrainian partner delivers food and hygiene products further to other cities in Ukraine. We supply about 3000 internally displaced people in Chernivtsi and Ternopil, most of whom are on their way to Moldova and Romania, with material aid (mainly food) from Romania. From the warehouse in Ternopil, we distribute material aid further in the direction of Kyiv by train. We also support bus shuttle services between Prešov (SK), Lviv (UA) and Krakow (PL).
- In Poland, which has the largest influx of people coming from Ukraine, we provide accommodation and meals in cooperation with our partner Mission to the East Poland. The influx of newly arrived people is increasing. We have supported two coordinators, who have placed about 200 refugees in 140 Polish families, mainly in Wrocław, Kraków, Gliwice, Bielsko and Cieszyn.
- In Slovakia, we are in contact with partners from companies, churches and non-profit organizations, with whom we are looking for opportunities to help people fleeing from Ukraine. At this stage, we are trying to primarily provide meals and accommodation for those who are arriving. We have contracted partners who have the capacity to take care of larger numbers of arriving people. So far, we have accommodated about 350 people. We have created accommodation capacities for 1000 newcomers, and we also accept requests for the transfer of people from our Polish colleagues. We have initiated food banks for the people from Ukraine, and we have started distributing humanitarian aid in 20 containers, which are heading to Uzhhorod.
- Networking and cooperation. We have initiated assistance in Ukraine in cooperation with the international Integral Alliance. We are in communication with six members of the alliance, and we are gradually creating conditions for launching further humanitarian relief projects to help Ukraine. Our partner Medair has already started operating on the Polish border.
Thank to our partners directly in Ukraine, in Slovakia and in Poland, we are doing everything in our power to alleviate the suffering of the people on the run and from the war.
Thank you for joining us in helping the people of Ukraine. We greatly appreciate it and we need it very much.
HELP ON UKRAINE
Photo: Max Kukurudziak, Jana Čavojská, Nadácia Integra