Evangelicals in Kraków support Ukraine – 100 days of war

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One hundred days of war caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine have just passed. It is one hundred days of unimaginable suffering, hatred, pain, and death. But wherever evil enters the human heart, good also arises. Guided by the Holy Scriptures, we believe that every evil can be overcome with good.

For this reason, called to give witness to faith, hope and love, in the first days of the war we opened an accommodation center for refugees – victims of this bestial attack. Thanks to the commitment of many volunteers, individual and institutional donors, we are bringing aid and creating a new home for refugees.

 

What have we been able to do so far?

– We accompany in difficult moments, we talk, we provide pastoral care;

– We have provided accommodation, catering, administrative-legal, school and medical support to over 80 people (women with children);

– independently, we have helped about 30 people from outside our accommodation center (catering, medicine, legal aid);

– We regularly organize Polish language lessons taught by volunteers as well as recreational and integration activities for mothers and children;

– We assist in finding a job and going through the recruitment process.

 

As of the end of May we have received 123 672,30 PLN from donors and grants, out of which we have spent 104 148,53 PLN, which includes the cost of adaptation of the rooms to the needs of the night shelter. Some of our guests went to other countries as part of programs coordinated e.g. with the Waldensian Church in Italy. Another part decided to return to Ukraine. Currently, 15 people live in the accommodation center and 6 people use the apartment in Wieliczka. This is a group that will stay with us at least until the end of the year.

 

We are preparing projects that will help make the refugees more active professionally, as well as integration projects for children and youth, which we hope to implement during the summer vacations together with children and youth from our parish.

 

Thank you for your support, prayers, open hearts, and to the volunteers and donors for their commitment, assistance, and sharing of talents.

 

We also thank our domestic and international partners:

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland

Diakonia of the Church in Poland

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

The Lutheran World Federation

Lutheran World Relief

Order of St John

First Church in Marlborough

Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ

Evangelisch-lutherische Landeskirche Hannovers

Gustav Adolf Werk

Evangelisch-lutherische Kirchenkreis Ostholstein

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

 

Would you like to support our work for refugees? Please donate to the following account:

Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession Parish in Kraków

Grodzka 58

31-044 Kraków, Poland

SWIFT Alior Bank: ALBPPLPW (add XXX if necessary)

IBAN: PL46 2490 0005 0000 4530 5126 4142

 

Please include „Ukraine” in the title of the transfer.

Since the beginning, our main goal has been to provide maximum privacy to residents of the accommodation center. That is why we do not publish photos from the accommodation center.

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