Since 24 February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, we have been doing everything to support our friends and neighbours. Thanks to your support during March-April 2022 we collected over PLN 14 million for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. These funds – sent to us in the form of donations to bank accounts, public collections on the zrzutka.pl portal, via PayPal or collected during fundraising events in Warsaw theatres – were used to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine and support Ukrainian refugees in finding shelter in Poland and other countries in the European Union.
In total, our aid has already included 45 transports. As part of these transports, we have delivered nearly 57 000 pieces of equipment to Ukraine, including in particular, life-saving equipment such as bulletproof vests, helmets, thermal imaging and night vision devices, as well as medical supplies necessary at the frontline, such as tactical tourniquets, bandages and first aid kits. In total, we sent 5097 bulletproof vests and 500 ballistic inserts, 978 helmets, 141 night vision and thermal imaging devices, 6 reconnaissance drones, 80 portable radios, 2 ambulances, 2 ventilators and thousands of pieces of tactical equipment and medical supplies to Ukraine.
In addition to sending humanitarian aid across the eastern border, our activities also include support for Ukrainian refugees. During March-April, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, we managed to find a roof over the head in Poland for 5000 refugees. We also helped relocate 952 people and 50 cats, dogs and other pets to other EU countries. Transporting refugees from the Ukrainian border into Poland, 40 of our drivers have travelled 142,000 kilometres – a distance equivalent to 20 flights between Warsaw and New York!
We have also opened two Houses for Independent Mothers from Ukraine – one in Jakubowizna and one on Ujazdów Avenue in Warsaw. It has already sheltered 15 mothers and their 17 children, whom we want to help start a new life in Poland – we help them find a job, provide therapeutic care and create communities where women support each other.
In addition to the above-mentioned activities, our aid also includes a number of other actions, such as the delivery of 20 500 hot soups to the border and to the frontline, thousands of temporary accommodations for people waiting for relocation and a number of others. And we do not intend to slow down at all…