In the reporting year, the Foundation focused its activities on the situation in Ukraine resulting from protests which broke out on Maidan in November 2013. In the first months (January-March) of 2014, the Foundation conducted a long-term Observation And Support Mission on Independence Square in Kiev, which subsequently, as a result of Russian aggression was extended to other ‘hotspot’ regions of the country: the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk Provinces. Until the end of 2014, the Foundation had a permanent observer (a correspondent) in the so-called ATO zone.
Participants of the mission on Maidan supported volunteer medical services, social media initiatives, distributed humanitarian aid, gathered information on violations of human rights, observed court trials by participating in hearings in which protesters faced charges, presented for duty in a tent on Independence Square and participated in meetings with Ukrainian politicians, officials and activists, and constantly remained in contact with the Polish media.
For organisational reasons, in January 2014, the Foundation established a temporary office in Kiev, which in March 2014 became permanent, and, subsequently, was officially registered as a non-governmental organisation in Ukraine, which is, in fact, its representation office for coordinating activities in Ukraine.
On the territory of the Republic of Poland, based on the applicable laws, the Foundation organised fundraisers for the purpose of financing the aforementioned missions and humanitarian aid shipped to Ukraine and Ukrainian soldiers.
Among the most significant aid programmes was the support provided to members of the Crimean Tatar community. The Foundation also financially supported residents of refugees centres in the Mazowieckie Voivoidship, using funds donated during fundraisers.
For more details download our activity report 2014: