Over 80 days have passed since the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. The Saint Nicholas Foundation has been working tirelessly to help as many children in need as possible. Here is what we have done over the past week:
We continue sending shipments of humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian territory: only last week we sent 6 trucks of food for the total value of PLN 280 000 from our logistical center.
We have also been collaborating with the Children and Mothers’ Room located at the Warsaw Central Railway station: we have provided them with additional blankets for the children, but also with diapers, baby bottles and books for the little ones.
We have also continued to distribute books which our Foundation has recently published in Ukrainian language. Up to now, our books have reached about 200 locations where the refugee children are located: dayrooms, libraries, schools, temporary homes.
Doors to our office remain wide open: every day our volunteers help us prepare for the International Children’s Day (on June 1st), by packing gift backpacks for the Ukrainian children - so far, we have prepared over 800 such backpacks.
We have also launched our activities in various parts of Poland: classes have started in the first Saint Nicholas’ Havens in Gorzów Wielkopolski where and we have also organized regular chess lessons for the Ukrainian children. During the summer holidays these children will go for a free 10-day chess summer camp.
In Mława, where currently some 300 Ukrainian children reside, we have organised various integration activities for them including sports, music, art and dance.
At the Saint Nicholas’ Haven in Krasne, we have been leading a number of integration activities and providing them with psychological help and support.
In every Saint Nicolas’ Haven, we have hired an appropriately qualified person from Ukraine not only to help the children, but also to assist their mothers. In cooperation with a number of local organisations we are working closely with, we will soon activate and run 44 such locations across the entire territory of Poland.
Since the beginning of the war, over 3 million refugees have fled the country which amounts to the biggest refugee crisis since WW2. Out of this number, almost 2,5 millions have already arrived in Poland. Most of them are women and children – some of whom travel unaccompanied.