We are assisting in Ukraine, helping people affected by the war

Ukraine and Poland
infrastructure

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Over 9 thousand fatalities, over 21 thousand wounded and over 2 million persons who had to leave their houses. This is the number of casualties claimed by the conflict in Ukraine. Other people return from the war and find it hard to continue their normal life after the atrocities they went through. Widows are struggling to survive in their predicament. Everyone needs help, in various areas. Kulczyk Foundation has been supporting great initiatives both in Ukraine and here in Poland.

Pizza Veterano is a social enterprise established by war veterans. It fulfills many roles. On the one hand, it is a workplace for many, but also it allows its employees to return to normal life, and simply it is a place where people traumatized by war can find support and understanding. Additionally, it supports those in need, like soldiers returning from the war, as well as wives and children of the fallen. To expand the scale of operations and go quickly were they are needed, the Pizza Veterano veterans decided to take their pizza everywhere where they are needed. To make it possible, they need a food truck. Kulczyk Foundation helped them fulfil their dream.

One should not forget that as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine was escalating, more and more people, fearing for the lives and health of themselves and their families, decided to move. In Rybaki, a town in Poland, almost 400 persons with Polish origin found shelter. Archidiecezjalny Ośrodek Charytatywny Caritas Archidiecezji Warmińskiej (Archdiocesan Charitable Center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Warmia) is the first step on their path. Here they found care, legal assistance, and the children can resume education.

However, having experienced such atrocities, it is far from easy to get back to normal. In particular, this applies to children who are so vulnerable when confronted with the reality of war. But play has therapeutic effect on them. Bearing that in mind, Kulczyk Foundation funded a playground for those kids. Here they can smile again!

where we are

We allocated USD 10,000 to purchase a food truck in Kiev

We are building a playground for children staying at the facility in RybakiPLN 44,000

    im warto pomóc

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    Leonid Ostaltsev Founder of Pizza Veterano

    Leonid is 28 years old and he established Pizza Veterano. This Kiev pizzeria gives work to the veterans of the Donbas war. Leonid himself decided to fight in the war as a volunteer. Having returned to their towns, war veterans find it hard to get back to normal after what they have gone through. Therefore, Leonid decided to do something good with his life and to provide assistance to those who have shared his fate. Pizza Veterano is a genuine social enterprise. It gives jobs and helps veteran return to their normal lives.

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    Tetiana  Grubenyuk Volunteer

    Tetiana is 33 years old. For the last 2 years she has devoted most of her time to volunteering. She is extremely committed and as a volunteer, she pays regular visits to veterans in hospitals to bring them, among others, some pizzas baked at Pizza Veterano. Tetiana also used to travel to the war zone to provide assistance at the front line in Eastern Ukraine. Along with a group of other volunteers, she has organizes several photographic projects depicting the tragedy of war in her mother country. One of them is especially moving: it shows mothers whose sons were wounded in Eastern Ukraine.

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    Rodzina Wasilewskich Stems from the Donetsk oblast and has found shelter in Poland

    Mr. and Mrs. Wasilewski and their two daughters arrived at the Caritas Center in Rybaki in January 2015, with the first group of persons of Polish origin evacuated from eastern Ukraine. They used to live in the town of Shakhtarsk in the Donetsk oblast. Mrs. Hania Wasilewska used to teach the Ukrainian language, whereas her husband was a lawyer. Today however, their town is in the hands of pro-Russian separatists. Having spent six months in Rybaki, the family settled in Olsztyn. Now Mrs. Wasilewska works for a radio station Radio Olsztyn, whereas Wadim Wasilewski works as a recruitment professional in a construction company. In his free time, he likes to paint.

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    Oksana Slotvynska With her family from Donetsk Oblast

    Oksana’s family takes part in an adaptation program for persons of Polish origin from eastern Ukraine. She is an accountant, whereas her husband Vladimir is a retired policeman. The Slotvynski family escaped to Poland in August 2015, after their town of Sartaná in the vicinity of Mariupol was under fire for two days. Having arrived in Poland, they wanted to settle down but they had to return in order to prolong their visas. Currently, they are learning Polish and dream of starting a new life in the country of their ancestors.

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    Elina Galwa Widow of Viatcheslav

    Elina lost her beloved husband during the war in eastern Ukraine. Viacheslav was an experienced soldiers; for many years he had been active as an instructor for military staff. She refers to her fallen husband as the love of her life, her prince charming. After his death, she was left alone with their two sons but has not given up ever since, even though it is far from easy. As a volunteer she helps women who have to face the same predicament, having lost their nearest and dearest in Donbas.

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    Bianka Zalewska Journalist at Espreso TV

    Bianka is a Polish journalist cooperating with Ukrainian TV news channel TV and with Polish TVN channel. She came to Ukraine while working for UEFA in connection with the EURO 2012. She had been a publisher at a sports TV channel, when the protests at Maidan square broke out. She decided to change her role and join the protesters. Right now Bianka is a war correspondent. In 2014, the car in which she was traveling from Lugansk was under fire. She was in critical condition. Bianka received the Order of Princess Olga, 3rd class.

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