In 2015, the Open Dialog Foundation continued its humanitarian aid programme addressed to the ones in need in Ukraine. The categories of beneficiaries did not change and included: widely understood defence structures, medical services and citizens’ initiatives.
“The Ukrainian World, situated at the corner of the Świętokrzyska Street and Nowy Świat in Warsaw, closed its doors after two and a half years of activity. The centre was helping Ukrainians and promoting the Ukrainian culture”, writes Gazeta Wyborcza.
After over two years of activity, the ODF closed down the Warsaw-based “Ukrainian World” centre. It was the first and biggest centre offering support to large numbers of Ukrainians arriving to Poland. From the beginning of its activity, the “Ukrainian World” helped over 30 000 people.
On 6 April at 6.00 p.m., again, the Ukrainian World Centre held classes of the Academy of Legalisation of Residence and Employment Support Policy for Foreigners in Poland. Maria Jakubovych, Chairperson of the Board of the Ternopilska Foundation, led the workshop.
On 30 March, the Ukrainian World Centre held the official opening of the Academy of Legalisation of Residence and Employment Support Policy for Foreigners in Poland, founded by the Open Dialog Foundation within the framework of the Open Europe Group.
Open Dialog Foundation, EuroMaidan SOS, People in Need and European Exchange / Kiev Dialogue organized a debate on the Ukrainian (mostly, but not only) political prisoners, illegally detained and held in the Russian Federation.
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.
On 27 May, during the most important sporting event since Euro 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Sevilla met in the Europa League final. Those who could not cheer the teams on at the stadium attended the ‘Ukrainian World’ centre in order to watch the live broadcast
Spacerowa Street [which has been nominated for renaming] is located in the immediate vicinity of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the idea is supported by renowned politicians and activists.
Every day at 5:30 p.m., the Ukrainian World’s hall will resound with etudes, nocturnes and other works by Chopin performed by Polish and foreign musicians. The event is organised by the Smolna Association in cooperation with the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).
More than 1,500 people visited the ‘Ukrainian World’ centre at 63 Nowy Swiat Street in Warsaw during Museums night on 16 May 2015. The last guests left the premises long after midnight – and these were Warsaw residents.
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.