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Finalising the settlement of the action #PosiłekDlaLekarza: 58,000 zlotys for City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice

Finalising the settlement of the action #PosiłekDlaLekarza: 58,000 zlotys for City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice

Today, Rafał Matouszek, Logistics Coordinator at the Open Dialogue Foundation, visited Silesia – his home region. During the special mission, Rafał met with the management of City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice in order to sign a donation agreement for the amount of over 58,000 zlotys that remained after settlements with restaurants as part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (eng. MealForADoctor) campaign. The campaign was carried out together with the FOR (Civil Development Forum) Foundation and the Niskie Składki (Low Contributions) and Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski (Spontaneous Civic Staff) associations.

Cooperation with DzialajmyRazem.pl

Cooperation with DzialajmyRazem.pl

As part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (Eng. #MealForADoctor) campaign, we are raising funds to deliver meals to healthcare workers. However, we are only one of the many support initiatives that emerged spontaneously a month ago in Poland, after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and in response to the associated restrictions.

#PosiłekDlaLekarza is changing its operating model

#PosiłekDlaLekarza is changing its operating model

The #MealForADoctor campaign has succeeded beyond our expectations. A spontaneous idea two weeks ago has gained unexpected popularity and resulted in over 500 catering establishments from all over Poland volunteering to participate. We also almost immediately reached several hundred thousand zlotys in donations and have so far raised almost 600,000 zlotys. As a result, meals have been delivered to over a hundred hospitals across the country. These are huge numbers! Your solidarity is fantastic, but it also raises some organisational challenges.

Message for restaurateurs supporting the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

Message for restaurateurs supporting the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

The #MealForDoctor campaign is proving the great power that lies in spontaneous initiatives and the generosity of the Polish people. Even in our most optimistic scenarios, we did not expect that, in less than a week, we would collect more than PLN 500,000 and provide support to almost 500 restaurants – and, as a consequence, the same help to medical doctors themselves. Your participation in the campaign and the trust you have placed in our team – which gave you no guarantees that the initiative would succeed – are extremely encouraging.

Onet on supporting those saving our health and lives

Onet on supporting those saving our health and lives

“Poland is fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people who have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 is growing rapidly. There are also fatalities. An epidemic emergency has broken out across the country, and medical personnel are working tirelessly. It turns out that Poles want to support the people fighting for our lives and taking care of us.” Onet.pl announced the launch of the fundraising campaign #MealForADoctor (Pol. #PosiłekDlaLekarza), whose originators want to help doctors, nurses and ambulance crews by offering them free meals from local catering outlets.

Radio Zet explains the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

Radio Zet explains the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

“‘Meal for a Doctor’ is one of the campaigns aiming to support healthcare workers in hospitals and health centres,” Radio Zet reports.“Restaurants and catering establishments from all over the country have already declared that they will provide meals to medical staff for free. Each of us can support them in implementing this idea. We look at what the ‘Meal for a Doctor’ campaign is about, who is taking part in it and how you can join in.”

Interia shares appeal from organisers of #PosiłekDlaLekarza

Interia shares appeal from organisers of #PosiłekDlaLekarza

“‘Due to the coronavirus epidemic, health professionals have a lot of work to do. Let’s help them by paying for meals that they can order for free,’ the organisers of the action ‘Meal for the Doctor’ said in an appeal,”we read on Interia.pl.

Rzeczpospolita: #PosiłekDlaLekarza online fundraising

Rzeczpospolita: #PosiłekDlaLekarza online fundraising

Less than a day after the launch of the spontaneous action aimed at supporting Polish healthcare workers during the coronavirus epidemic. Rzeczpospolita has already covered this topic. The daily magazine reported that 45,000 zlotys have already been collected for meals for doctors.

There is one goal – to help those who are “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”. TVN24 reports on #PosiłekDlaLekarza

There is one goal – to help those who are “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”. TVN24 reports on #PosiłekDlaLekarza

“Doctors, nurses, ambulance crews. During the epidemic, all healthcare workers can count on a free meal from restaurants taking part in the actions #MealForADoctor (Pol. #PosiłekDlaLekarza) and #GastronomyIsHelping (Pol. #GastroPomaga),” reports TVN24, pointing out that although the two initiatives are organised by different people, their goal is the same – to help those “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”.

#PosiłekDlaLekarza: a new ODF and its partners’ campaign in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

#PosiłekDlaLekarza: a new ODF and its partners’ campaign in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus epidemic is affecting all areas of our lives. However, it is most affecting health care, which is at the forefront of the fight against the disease. Doctors and medical staff are currently working at their best, often at the expense of their families and friends. It is primarily on their commitment that our ability to quickly suppress the epidemic will depend. Those hospitalised, and their loved ones, are also in a difficult situation, and are putting their hopes in the health service.

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

We defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We stepped on the toes of many authoritarian and hybrid regimes which currently conduct targeted propaganda and disinformation campaigns against us. Would you like to form your own opinion? Find out what we have done so far.

The Donbas SOS visit in Warsaw

The Donbas SOS visit in Warsaw

Representatives of the NGO Donbas SOS (Kyiv, Ukraine), working for the protection of human rights, as well as providing information and humanitarian aid to Ukrainian citizens who suffered during the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country, visited Warsaw.

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

In January 2017, the Polish company The Farm 51 which develops computer games and applications for VR technology, along with the ODF, sent the first consignment of humanitarian aid for schools that are still attended in the Zone of Exclusion surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

On the 21st October, “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly featured an article on the community of Crimean Tartars who in 2014 were forced to leave the Russian occupied peninsula and settled in Drohobych. There, they were looked after by Artur Deska – adviser to the Management Board of the Open Dialog Founda

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

Representatives of the Foundation follow and attend the most important sessions and meetings of the international organizations and institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna and Geneva.

Another visit by ‘Fair Ukraine’ to ‘Ukrainian World’

Another visit by ‘Fair Ukraine’ to ‘Ukrainian World’

On 28 May, our friends from the Terebovlia charity organisation ‘Fair Ukraine’ once again visited us in Warsaw. President Lyubov Soltys agreed to deliver to Kiev aid, collected by the Open Dialog Foundation during the ‘Send a package to a Ukrainian family’ appeal.

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

The news portal theguardian.com wrote about Ukrainians, exiled from their homes by war and poverty, who seek refuge in neighbouring Poland. In Warsaw, refugees find assistance at ‘Ukrainian World’, an aid centre run by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Report: Aid for civilians and soldiers in the ATO zone

Report: Aid for civilians and soldiers in the ATO zone

The anti-terrorist operation zone (ATO) can practically be divided into two zones: the zone of active hostilities, and the zone of ‘villages near-the-frontline’ where Ukrainian troops are stationed, but where no direct hostilities are taking place.

Half a tonne of aid will go to Ukraine

Half a tonne of aid will go to Ukraine

More packages are reaching us every day. Michał from Olsztyn and Milena from Warsaw organised collections at their places of work and residences for Ukraine. More than half a tonne of aid was collected.

Equipment for another Ukrainian soldier

Equipment for another Ukrainian soldier

Ukrainian soldiers are still awaiting equipment and life-saving devices. Thanks to a public collection, yet another person received help. Another portion of aid went to Vasyl Panas, an employee of the children’s department in the regional state administration in Horodenka.

Camouflage cloaks for Ukrainian conscripts

Camouflage cloaks for Ukrainian conscripts

Soldiers stationed on the front line received camouflage cloaks from the Open Dialog Foundation. Although a ceasefire has been effective in the ATO zone for a month now, it is not being respected: Ukrainian positions are under fire from guns and mortars.

A front line ‘must-have’ for Ukrainian soldiers

A front line ‘must-have’ for Ukrainian soldiers

As part of the ‘the bulletproof’ action, we sent two packages from Kiev for soldiers conscripted to military service. The packages contained helmets, bulletproof vests, tactical goggles and other items, necessary for the front line.

Clothing for the frontline

Clothing for the frontline

Ivan and Dmytro, who, for the final few days before their deployment to the ATO zone are practising on a training ground near Lvov, sent pictures of the items transferred by the Open Dialog Foundation

Winter camouflage clothing for Ukrainian soldiers

Winter camouflage clothing for Ukrainian soldiers

Winter is coming to an end, but not everywhere. In the northern part of the frontline, soldiers still expect snowfall – in Lugansk province, snowfall is not a rare occurrence even at the beginning of April

Collection in Olsztyn

Collection in Olsztyn

On 21 February, thanks to the Municipal Board of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, a collection was carried out at the ‘Masnytsya’ carnival party in Olsztyn. Our volunteer collected 820 PLN and 30 gr in a specially marked can

Press briefing “ATO: the last stand of the European security”

Press briefing “ATO: the last stand of the European security”

Polish MP Małgorzata Gosiewska and Roman Chraniuk, a member of the Polish band “Taraka” have recently returned from the ATO zone. They delivered humanitarian supplies, collected by the Open Dialog Foundation, to Stanytsia Luhanska and to the checkpoint no. 29; Chraniuk also donated his own car.

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

How can Poland help Ukraine? only financially? – These questions were answered in the studio of Polish Radio Channel One by, amongst others, representatives of the foundations working in Poland, including Natalia Panchenko of the Open Dialog Foundation.

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

TVN Uwaga: Who are the Ukrainians residing in Poland?

TVN Uwaga: Who are the Ukrainians residing in Poland?

The Uwaga programme broadcasted, on a TVN channel, reportage on Natalia Panchenko, Chair of EuroMaidan Warsaw and coordinator of the ‘help for Ukraine’ campaign of the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet has written about the help provided by Polish foundations and associations to Ukraine, including the activities of the Open Dialog Foundation.

Ambulance donated to the Kulczycki National Guards

Ambulance donated to the Kulczycki National Guards

The ambulance which formed part of an ODF international aid convoy to the east of Ukraine, has reached Drohobych. On location, it was handed over to the soldiers of a battalion of the Kulczycki National Guard. The ambulance is to be used in the ATO zone.

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

ODF convoy on the move

ODF convoy on the move

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

Action “We support”

Action “We support”

We invite you to participate in the ‘We support’ action, a joint initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Norma Wear and the band Kozak System.

70 helmets got into the hands of Donbas and Aidar battalions

70 helmets got into the hands of Donbas and Aidar battalions

On Tuesday, 16th September, at the border crossing in Medyka, the Open Dialog Foundation transferred protective helmets to Ukraine. Seventy PASGT helmets will reach the Donbas and Aidar battalions fighting in the east of Ukraine.

Aid from EuroMaidan London

Aid from EuroMaidan London

We have received a package from EuroMaidan London with humanitarian aid for those fighting in the east of Ukraine.

Help with the accommodation for refugees from the Crimea

Help with the accommodation for refugees from the Crimea

A family from the Crimea approached the Open Dialog Foundation asking for help. At the time of the referendum, which was held in March 2014, they detected electoral fraud and propaganda actions on the Internet, opposing the misinformation disseminated by the pro-Russian media.

Ukrainian athlete wounded in Slavyansk

Ukrainian athlete wounded in Slavyansk

The Open Dialog Foundation has transferred 2,000 UAH for the treatment of the athlete and fighter of ‘Alpha’ Special Forces Unit, who was wounded in Slavyansk.

A singer and composer wounded in the eye

A singer and composer wounded in the eye

In January, during the protests on Kiev’s Maidan, Viktor Reka was shot in the eye by a Berkutofficer. At the time of shooting, Viktor was within 10 metres from the line of the Berkut officers.

Psychological support

Psychological support

Psychological support to wounded and injured Maidan activists who are in Polish hospitals is provided by Natalia Basko. Natalia is a psychologist by profession and a Ukrainian national who has been living in Poland for years.

Assistance for the kidnapped Maidan activist

Assistance for the kidnapped Maidan activist

Anatoliy Sholudko fought on the Maidan. For his activities, he was kidnapped by ‘Titushky’ and tortured with the use of an electric chair, beaten, subjected to waterboarding and blackmailed by the kidnappers.

Psychological care for Dima

Psychological care for Dima

In February, during the Maidan protests, Dima was wounded by a grenade explosion; the explosion ruptured his eardrums, and shrapnel became embedded in his legs.

Gifts for the ukrainian armed forces

Gifts for the ukrainian armed forces

For the purposes of the Ukrainian armed forces, guarding the eastern border, we have provided uniforms and means of life protection.

People of Maidan in Poland for recovery

People of Maidan in Poland for recovery

Marian Prysiazhniuk, volunteer with the Open Dialog Foundation, as part of ODF mission in Ukraine organised the flights of seven patients to Poland in order so they can undergo medical treatment.

Medicaments-raiser for Euromaidan

Medicaments-raiser for Euromaidan

We have ceased collecting medicaments and first aid supplies for the Kiev EuroMaidan. Health issues faced by the Kiev protesters are but a grim touch of everyday reality.