The war in Ukraine has been going on for over 70 days now – and we have been hard at work helping not only the repressed Belarusians but also our neighbouring Ukrainians. In Vilnius, our warehouse “Pobach” continues to work, children’s circles continue, and soon the first English lessons for adults will be held, as well as the first workshops. Today we want to tell you what we have managed to do this week.
“Our House” spent the weekend of April 30 and May 1 in Krakow. Humanitarian aid from “Our House” arrived there thanks to the support of our permanent partner International Society for Human Rights (ISHR). Our friends from Belarus, Ukraine and Poland from the Dychaj Volna Foundation welcomed the 15-ton truck. There were clothes, household items, furniture, dishes, canes, wheelchairs and walkers inside the van. All Belarusians and Ukrainians in Krakow who need humanitarian aid are welcome at Batorego, 2. By the way, since October 2021, “Our House”, together with its partners and friends, has been able to provide 75 tons of humanitarian aid.
While part of our team was unloading a truck in Krakow, children’s clubs were in Vilnius: English language with the Salvation Army activist Rheyna and cooking with our volunteer from Ukraine, Svetlana. The children had fun, gained new knowledge and met their peers. And their parents, in the meantime, were able to relax a bit, socialize and choose things in the warehouse.
On May 4, ICСI “Our House”, together with the foundation Zachód-Wschód wsparcie, held the first session of the “Slavic Puppet Club” at Akademia Wsparcia. Classes with children of Belarusian and Ukrainian refugees are held by talented craftswoman Olga Pashkovich. It is possible to join the club not only for children but also for adults.
This week, we made contact with Maisto Bankas, an NGO that fights food surpluses and helps those in need. The organization strives to ensure that no quality food is thrown away and that food aid reaches the most disadvantaged people. Maisto Bankas promotes responsible food consumption, sustainable nutrition, and the efficient use of resources. Thanks to our new partners, we will be able to increase food aid to Belarusian and Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania, especially to mothers with children.
On May 5, “Our House” held a new voice chat, the guest of which was Elvira Koroleva, art historian, head of the project “Inclusive Poland,” organizer of meetings on disability, the initiator of the club of artists in exile. Elvira told about the inclusiveness of Poland and the peculiarities of emigration of creative people.
And our help to Belarusian and Ukrainian refugees continues. The “Pobach” humanitarian aid warehouse at 3 Aušros vartų g., Vilnius, is constantly replenished with new clothes, bedding, shoes, and household items. Besides this, the first workshop for adults on making white-red-white-white bracelets will be held already on Sunday. We are happy to help and be needed at this difficult time.