“My name is Lyudmyla, I’m a pianist. I don’t know what day of the week it is, time has stopped for me. All I really want is to get back to my husband and son, whom I left behind when I ran away with my daughter and granddaughter. Back in Ukraine, there is a rocket launcher 100 metres from our house. We are the target of Russians. I don’t know if I will have anywhere to go back to,” With these words, Natalia Przybysz tells the story of 55-year-old Lyudmyla from near Lviv, in a video that promotes the #DomMam campaign.
Przybysz adds at the end, “That could be me.” The aim of the campaign is to raise funds for the maintenance and expansion of the Homes for Independent Mums from Ukraine. Since the outbreak of war, two such places have already been set up, sheltering a total of 30 people, including 11 mothers, 3 grandmothers and 16 children. The residents of the Homes are not only provided with a roof over their heads, but also with food and psychological support. The refugee women were offered help in finding a permanent job, and the children in accessing education, including language courses. The project has been launched by the Open Dialogue Foundation, which has also set up a fundraiser to cover the costs of maintaining the Houses and supporting their residents. No one knows how long the war will last, so the goal is ambitious – one million zlotys. In the campaign #DomMam, participants include Natalia Przybysz, Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, Barbara Kurdej-Szatan, and Zofia Wichłacz. Each of us can help.
More information at www.dommam.pl.
Natalia Przybysz – a singer and a songwriter.
Lyudmyla (the name and surname was changed due to the security reasons) – a pianist from Ukraine.