Our help for Ukraine. Summary for the period 24.02-17.09.2022

Our help for Ukraine. Summary for the period 24.02-17.09.2022

18.09.2022

Since 24 February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, we have been doing everything to support our friends and neighbours. Thanks to your support our aid has included, among others, 59 transports with which we have delivered 71,109 pieces of protective and life- saving equipment!

Stories flowing with tears. Tales of refugees from Ukraine

Stories flowing with tears. Tales of refugees from Ukraine

12.09.2022

Volunteers and staff from the Open Dialogue Foundation meet dozens of people every day who are fleeing the hell of war and their stories. The war in Ukraine continues, and in search of shelter, safety and a chance of survival for themselves and their loved ones, our guests decide to embark on a gruelling and dangerous journey of several days, under a hail of bullets, with numerous roadblocks by the occupying forces along the way, where any such situation could become tragic in its consequences. There are almost always tears at the end of this journey, and they are triggered by all kinds of emotions

A day in the life of volunteers – next chapter

A day in the life of volunteers – next chapter

03.08.2022

We recently published a post by an ODF volunteer from a day spent helping Ukrainian refugees. This time, we bring you the notes of our foundation colleague Agata Dziopa, creator of the Homes for Independent Mums from Ukraine and coordinator of the project co-implemented with AirBnb.

A fundraising for Ukrainian drone operators is underway. “It’s the first time I’ve ever asked for it”

A fundraising for Ukrainian drone operators is underway. “It’s the first time I’ve ever asked for it”

16.07.2022

The Open Dialogue Foundation, at the request of Onet’s correspondent in Ukraine Marcin Wyrwał, is running a fundraising to buy a pickup truck for Ukrainian drone operators. The entire amount for the vehicle has already been raised, but the fundraising is still ongoing to be able to fund a drone and other necessary equipment for the battalion from near Slovyansk in the Donbass.

A day in the life of an ODF volunteer. “Five minutes of sleep, plenty of satisfaction and memories”

A day in the life of an ODF volunteer. “Five minutes of sleep, plenty of satisfaction and memories”

04.07.2022

If you wonder what the work of an ODF volunteer supporting refugees looks like, you should read this post by our foundation colleague Dominik Berlinski, who, in addition to his duties as coordinator, selflessly helps others after his working hours.

ADMIRATION OF THE WEEK: Lyudmyla from Ukraine and Natalia Przybysz

ADMIRATION OF THE WEEK: Lyudmyla from Ukraine and Natalia Przybysz

18.06.2022
“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 […]
Humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Summary for the period 24.02-13.06

Humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Summary for the period 24.02-13.06

17.06.2022
It’s been over 3 months since we launched our Ukraine support campaign, helping both those who had to leave their homes and those who stayed to fight. Check out what we’ve accomplished so far thanks to your generosity! In 3 months we’ve delivered 57 848 pieces of protective equipment to Ukraine, including: – 5448 bulletproof […]
In a house near Warsaw the refugee women found the peace they craved. “We have everything here”

In a house near Warsaw the refugee women found the peace they craved. “We have everything here”

30.05.2022
The Open Dialogue Foundation has created the House for Independent Mothers near Warsaw. This is the first place of its kind in Poland. It was created by, among others, Agata Dziopa, a volunteer helping refugees at the Warsaw train station. A single-family house in the countryside is inhabited by Ukrainian women with children. More than 20 people in total
#DomMam campaign: It could have been me

#DomMam campaign: It could have been me

27.05.2022
Learn the stories of Ukrainian refugee women told by Polish sisters and help support the House of Independent Mothers from Ukraine.
They gave up everything to help traumatised women from Ukraine. “We want them to be safe and independent”

They gave up everything to help traumatised women from Ukraine. “We want them to be safe and independent”

11.05.2022
When Russia invaded Ukraine, Iwona and Agata immediately started helping out at one of Warsaw’s train stations. Later they became volunteers at the Ptak Warsaw Expo hall. All the time, however, they felt that they wanted to do something more. That’s why they decided to support women who had abandoned their former lives across the […]
Our humanitarian aid for Ukraine already exceeds PLN 14 million. Summary for the period 24.02-27.04

Our humanitarian aid for Ukraine already exceeds PLN 14 million. Summary for the period 24.02-27.04

30.04.2022
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 […]
Manipulative attacks against ODF’s humanitarian aid to Ukraine: case of I. Kotelianets

Manipulative attacks against ODF’s humanitarian aid to Ukraine: case of I. Kotelianets

25.04.2022
Since February 25th the Open Dialogue Foundation has been on the forefront of both supporting the Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland, as well as – more uniquely – delivering humanitarian aid to those on the frontlines, specifically military-grade protective gear like bulletproof & anti-fragmentation vests or ballistic helmets, as well as other equipment like night-vision goggles, radio stations, drones or tactical accessories. Within the first 6 weeks we have provided some 20 thousand pieces of such equipment, including over 4500 bulletproof vests, all thanks to the generosity of our donors, who have given over 11 million zlotys to our cause (incl. PLN 3 million via our dedicated fundraiser at zrzutka.pl/PomocUkrainie). As documented recently by Onet.pl’s war correspondent Marcin Wyrwał, we are likely the only non-profit focused on this type of aid
I quit my job for these vests. I don’t earn as much as in the corporation, but I feel the sense of what I do

I quit my job for these vests. I don’t earn as much as in the corporation, but I feel the sense of what I do

25.04.2022
Łukasz Krencik from the bulletproof vest manufactory in Warsaw. (Photo: Mateusz Skwarczek / Agencja Wyborcza.pl) I know of five cases where our vests saved someone’s life. We receive such information and words of gratitude. This gives us strength. But we also feel the responsibility. — Assembling a bulletproof vest is not difficult. I put two […]
This is where bulletproof vests for the fighting Ukraine are coming from. “They don’t have to be pretty, they just need to be effective”

This is where bulletproof vests for the fighting Ukraine are coming from. “They don’t have to be pretty, they just need to be effective”

17.04.2022
— I am standing in front of the largest warehouse of the non-profit organisation from which bulletproof vests and other aid for Ukrainian soldiers go to Ukraine — says Onet reporter Marcin Wyrwał, who visited the warehouse of the Open Dialogue Foundation. Thanks to the organisation’s efforts, almost 20,000 pieces of various types of defence […]
Vests and helmets for drivers of the drug “metastasis tunnel” for children with oncological diseases

Vests and helmets for drivers of the drug “metastasis tunnel” for children with oncological diseases

13.04.2022
A group of fearless firefighters from the Fire Department of the Specialised rescue team “Firefighters Together Against Leukaemia”, in cooperation with, among others, oncology hospitals in Poland and abroad, created a “metastasis tunnel” for medicines for oncology patients of Ukrainian children. The transport also included bandages for Ukraine’s freedom fighters, who were trained by firefighters […]