"Helping Ukraine, we build bridges between our people that will last for years and decades" - emphasises Natalia Strzyżewska. She adds that the gratitude of the refugees for this aid is truly sincere. "This friendship is extremely important for us, because Russian propaganda does a lot to divide Poles and Ukrainians,".
Natalia, CSO of Pontes
Christmas Charity Concert to Support Displaced Ukrainian Families in Poland is coming soon!
Professional musicians from all over the world united together to support Ukrainian women and their children. We want to give Christmas Joy and help Ukrainian refugees in Poland!
December 26, 2022 | Check your time zone!
Join us! Contribute and share the joy with others!
Last weekend, we visited Siedlce, where many interesting activities are taking place for the Ukrainian community!
On Saturday morning, the girls from the Youth Club run by the local coordinator - Julia, met in order to participate in a thematic meeting and tea talks. This week there was a discussion on leadership in the modern world.
To get rest after the reflection session, the girls, under with the help of Julia, took part in mascot sewing workshop.
On Sunday, we organized an integration trip for the Ukrainian community in Siedlce to Kazimierz Dolny. The historic city, surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Vistula River, made a great impression on our participants. The guide told our group about the history of the city's architecture. At the end of the trip, we took a photo together on the observation deck!
It was really fantastic!
October started in a nice atmosphere! Our project coordinator - Sylwia - organized the inauguration of the "Masha in Poland" project in Katowice.
Our participants had opportunity to meet each other, had good conversation with a cake and cup of coffee. Children were happy to play on an open-air playground that was provided by the local kindergarten.
We wanted to unite local Ukrainian refugees and build the community. Also they were able to address their needs and we are looking forward to put all our efforts to help them.
We are proud that Pontes had opportunity to take part in the «Be to Care» event that took place in Rome, Italy. 70 organizations from 30 countries shared their experience on solving social issues. Discussions, case studies, expert speeches of «Be to Care» event were reflecting on such topics as caring for vulnerable group of people, social sustainability, improvement of society, collaboration in crisis.
Director of Pontes Helena Teran and project manager Natalia Strzyzewska visited Rome to represent our organization during 3-days «Be to Care» event. «I was inspired by new ideas raised at this conference. I learned a lot from the participants who dedicated their lives to develop the society and help people. We met new friends, who I hope in the future will collaborate with Pontes and support our new initiatives», told Natalia Strzyzewska.
Pontes Association welcomed our friends from Esperanza Foundation - Isabel Hernandez, the director of foundation and project manager, and Inmaculada Sanchez, volunteer, who came from Spain to help Ukrainian refugees. Pontes and Esperanza Foundation had good time exchanging experience, helping Ukrainians and looking for opportunities of future cooperation and projects.
As a part of our cooperation, we visited a house where Ukrainian families live, talked with them and played with children. One of the refugees Svetlana had a birthday and we were happy to celebrate it with her. The moment of fun talk, tasty food and song sining was needed to rest for some time from their worries and struggles of war. We were glad to share this moment with them.
On 12 July our summer psychoeducational camp for mothers with daughters from Ukraine came to an end. The group was fantastic! They integrated quickly and were very eager to work hard during the workshops. We will share their reflections soon!
From the 4th to the 6th of April we were visiting four tourist villas in Zakopane, where about 50 refugees from Ukraine have found a peaceful and decent shelter. Kind hosts dedicated their cosy guest houses to the families which were able to recover from a first shock and form a small, supportive community.
All individual matters of refugees are being solved by Ms. Weronika, who herself has let her own guest house. In addition, she takes care of communication and management of community life.
We got to know the needs and expectations of the families. We were accompanied by Ms. Irean - a psychiatrist, who herself had left Ukraine. She carried out consultations with those who asked for it. Two journalists came with us to collect the testimonies of women who were willing to share their stories. Some mothers made a huge impression on us with their heroic and warm-hearted attitude! Fortunately, their families reached Zakopane in the first days of the war, so they were able to protect their children from the dramatic scenes. We were happy to see the little ones playing in the snow!
Learn more about who organized the transports and where each one arrived:
Szczecin - We directed 3 lorries with aid to Szczecin, where Magdalena Kowalska, who cooperates with us, received the goods and took care of local distribution. One of the recipients was the Caritas Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamieński. Three transports to Szczecin were given to the local Ukrainian community. Some of the aid was additionally sent to Lviv. (pic. 1)
Katowice and Zhytomyr - Through the Wonder Foundation, we have made contact with a company from Newport (Shropshire) - PDM. Thanks to their generosity and commitment to support the Ukrainians, we were able to send one transport with humanitarian aid to Katowice. The transport was received by the TDJ Foundation. The funds were donated to locally hosted refugees. (pic. 4,5)
Kharkiv and... Kharkiv again! - We also had a wonderful collaboration with
HSM GLOBAL. We gave their contact to Stowarzyszenie Lokalnych Ośrodków Twórczych. Organisation had established structures and created the initiative MOST POMOCY UKRAINIE to send supplies to Ukraine. Thanks to efficient communication between SLOT, us and TDJ, we managed to deliver two transports with food, medicines and hygiene products to Kharkiv, which suffers a lot due to regular bombing. (pic. 2,3)
We encourage you to watch the video, to see the condition of the city and its inhabitants.
The October panel discussion for teenage girls
We invite you to listen to interviews about our Association and the Maria&Masha project. The participants also shared how they feel in Poland. Both interviews are in Russian.
Ukrainian student about polish high school: I was afraid of bullying of colleagues and discrimination from teachers, but I didn't experience that.
The third sector: The Maria&Masha Project - mentoring for foreign students in Warsaw
Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Rozwoju Kompetencji, Mikołaja Reja 4, 02-053 Warszawa