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

Help for Ukraine. The Home for Independent Mums – a unique place that needs financial support

Help for Ukraine. The Home for Independent Mums – a unique place that needs financial support

27.05.2022

Between 24 February and today, more than 3 million people have reached Poland fleeing the still ongoing Russian invasion in Ukraine. Due to the country’s policy preventing men aged 18-60 from leaving the country, most of those who are fleeing are mothers with children, the elderly and the disabled. Iwona and Agata Dziopa from the […]

#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.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint”. This is what the process of relocating families from Ukraine looks like

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint”. This is what the process of relocating families from Ukraine looks like

26.05.2022

Iwona looks for contact details of people who are willing to help refugees through online forums and by calling municipalities and assistance centres. Marianna has developed a project to rent accommodation to families from Ukraine. Both women emphasise that two aspects are important in the relocation process: time, and understanding the needs of both the […]

Refugees in Poland are not decreasing. “I fear the phenomenon of homelessness and hunger”

Refugees in Poland are not decreasing. “I fear the phenomenon of homelessness and hunger”

22.05.2022

They leave their homes, their possessions, often their loved ones. And they flee into the unknown. Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the Open Dialogue Foundation has been helping refugees, soldiers and the wounded. Now it has released a moving spot. Money is running out and there are more and more problems. “We already […]

Why do refugees from Ukraine do not want to live in the Polish countryside? Our countryside doesn’t even have sewage systems

Why do refugees from Ukraine do not want to live in the Polish countryside? Our countryside doesn’t even have sewage systems

17.05.2022

Ukrainians are reluctant to seek refuge in small towns. They are afraid of the lack of work opportunities and modern amenities. And large cities are overloaded with more than 2 million refugees. So any day now, a project will be launched to convince emigrants that they can live well in the Polish countryside “IN UKRAINE, […]

I delete all photos from Ukraine on my phone

I delete all photos from Ukraine on my phone

14.05.2022

While some of them go to work, those who are still looking for jobs take care  of kids. They make a big shopping list once per week, and clean the premises together. And as soon as they are ready, they will leave the House for Independent Mothers and start their independent live in Poland. Evenings […]

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 […]

A moving spot by the Open Dialogue Foundation. Ukrainians still need our help

A moving spot by the Open Dialogue Foundation. Ukrainians still need our help

10.05.2022

In the face of the war in Ukraine, many Poles have opened their hearts and actively supported both Ukrainians in their homeland and those who, out of grave necessity, have left their homes. However, help is still desperately needed, as the latest social announcement created by the Open Dialogue Foundation reminds us emphatically. Two and […]

Bartosz Kramek denies Russian ambassador incident claim. Press briefing by the Open Dialogue Foundation

Bartosz Kramek denies Russian ambassador incident claim. Press briefing by the Open Dialogue Foundation

10.05.2022

“We neither organised nor inspired yesterday’s action. This act was not carried out by Poles, this is Ukrainian blood and emotions, which are completely legitimate,” said Bartosz Kramek, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Open Dialogue Foundation, during a press briefing convened in front of the RF Embassy the day after the incident in […]

“Lies, Putin’s methods!” Those accused by the right wing of dousing the Russian ambassador with fake blood deny the allegations

“Lies, Putin’s methods!” Those accused by the right wing of dousing the Russian ambassador with fake blood deny the allegations

10.05.2022

Dousing the Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev with fake blood not only led to a diplomatic scandal, but also caused an avalanche of accusations. The nationalists and the PiS party MP Radosław Fogiel alleged that the Open Dialogue Foundation was behind the stunt, while ODF’s Chair of the Board replied that this claim is “ridiculous and […]

Statement on the incident involving the Russian Ambassador in Poland

Statement on the incident involving the Russian Ambassador in Poland

10.05.2022

1. Yesterday’s events exposed the true face of Sergey Andreyev, his master in the Kremlin and modern Russia. The ambassador’s bloodied, smiling face is the most vivid illustration of the nature of Putin’s regime. 2. Poles did not commit this act, it was Ukrainian blood and emotions, which are totally justified. We did not organise […]

More than PLN 60,000 in Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska’s collection for Donbas Battalion

More than PLN 60,000 in Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska’s collection for Donbas Battalion

05.05.2022

The collection “Donbas Battalion needs support”, co-created by Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska, a journalist of “Wprost”, has exceeded the amount of PLN 60,000. The initial goal was to collect PLN 50,000, but the whip-round hasn’t finished yet. “We’re not done yet, because the needs are great,” Baca-Pogorzelska tells Press.pl. The “Wprost” journalist set up the collection with […]

They deliver aid to the East, for civilians and the army: “Before each departure, I’m so nervous I throw up”

They deliver aid to the East, for civilians and the army: “Before each departure, I’m so nervous I throw up”

04.05.2022

Many times I had to wait for them to clear the road of mines. The boys carried the mines and put them to the side of the road. I was scared to death. “Don’t worry. It takes 250 kg for them to explode,” they reassured me.  No one close to me has had an accident […]

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 […]

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