IFES : Help network for Ukraine formed

Help network for Ukraine formed

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IFES has been united in an outpouring of support for those suffering as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Individual member-driven initiatives have been collecting funds and pooling resources to deliver much needed supplies to those affected, and to transport and house people displaced by the conflict.

Torsten Heinz of managing director at Czarnowski, Germany has been collecting ready foods, baby food, water, single-use bed linen, blankets, sleeping bags, camp beds, and basic medicines at the Czarnowski warehouse in Hilden for delivery to Przemyl at the Polish-Ukrainian border. Eric Grossmann, owner of Z3 Live Communication in Switzerland connected this initiative with Sarah-Johanna Hamera, also of Z3 Live Communication who is co-ordinating assistance and storage facilities on the ground in Przemyl. She has been able to advise first-hand on day-to-day requirements.
„This generosity of spirit is something one does not often encounter.“
Justin Hawes, IFES president
At the same time, Sebastian Bernat, CEO of Sound and Lights Service in Poland has been putting his company vehicles to good use, bringing refugees from the border and assisting families with accommodation in temporary hostels, hotels, and with private families able to host. Each of his vehicles is driving around 1400 km a day, so IFES members have been contributing round trips and fuel donations to assist with this initiative.

Lucasz Jerzmanowski, chairman at Smart Design Expo in Poland, is transporting displaced mothers and children from the border and buying food and clothes – and more activities are taking place. A vast IFES help network stretches from Asia-Pacific to Africa, Canada, Middle East, the US and across Europe, where members are rallying to support those in the thick of the action, either financially or in person, the association reports.

"Of course, we are a collection of planners and project managers by trade, so co-ordination of effort is something that comes naturally, but this absolute generosity of spirit is something one does not often encounter. We celebrate this trait of the IFES community and salute the efforts that are being made by selfless people around the world to assist in this time of crisis", says IFES president Justin Hawes.