Bring Kids Back UA
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, thousands of children have been forcibly removed by Russia from their families, friends and homes. The Ukraine humanitarian programme ‘Bring Kids Back UA’ aims to identify the stolen children of Ukraine, increase international support for repatriation and care for as many of the deported children as possible, and provide input of their cases to the International Criminal Court of The Hague.
The project objectives:
- identify stolen children, trace them
- bring them back
- take care of repatriated children
- bring to ICC The Hague
- advocate against the deportation globally
Video released by Ombudsman of Ukraine.
The work done those past 5 months with pharmaceutical companies, logistics firms, international donors and Ukrainian healthcare authorities is finally paying off concretely: this week we have been able to deliver the first shipment of cancer drugs to #Ukraine!
1 ton of highly critical oncology medicines, kindly donated by the European Medicines Agency travelled from Vilnius, Lithuania to the Poland-Ukraine border, where Mariam Lambert took over. And another 1 ton of further medical supplies donated by the Japan – The Government of Japan, the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan and UNOPS were made available to us by Myron TSYUPA from the Humanitarian Hub Zhytomyr charity.
Thanks to the logistics by Davaj Ukraine and the safe passage organised by Maryan Zablotskyy, the Ukrainian parliament and the Border Security, we have been able to deliver these oncology preparations and other medicine directly to patients from hospitals in #Chernihiv, #Kharkiv and #Kramatorsk.
Over the past few months, together with Valeri Zub, the Chief of the Ukrainian Oncology Committee, we have been preparing this continuous support to the 28 oncology centers across Ukraine. We are very proud to have successfully launched this new project providing direct support to those indirect victims of the war, who suffer from the impact of the invasion on the supply chain of their life-saving medicines.
Delivery of medical supplies in Ukraine
In February 2022 our NGO has decided to refocus all its activities to humanitarian support to Ukraine, as one of our main drivers is to fight for fairness. The call out from President Zelensky about the “totally unjust war” resonates in our heads so much that we had to put all our efforts to help the civilians and hospitals in need during these tragic times.
The national Ukrainian TV channel “Apostrophe TV” has followed our NGO during the delivery of medical supplies in Ukraine. It shows the result of all the work done upfront, from the international donations to the logistics across Europe and the collaboration with the local governors and the hospitals doctors. Thanks to this large network, we are able to make regular deliveries of medical supplies all over Ukraine possible, always personally, hand-in-hand, to ensure that the requested (and needed) items reach the right beneficiaries.
Through our visits of hospitals across the country, we can definitely confirm President Zelenskyy’s fear that the health system is having difficulties to maintain a minimum service because of the lack of medical supplies and disturbed supply chains. The international support raising across Europe and beyond is overwhelming, and we are happy to help connecting the dots so that donations are benefiting the ones in need most critically.
With the refugees of Azovstal, Mariupol
During our NGO’s mission in Ukraine beginning of May 2022, we had the amazing privilege and honour to be with two journalists who covered our whole mission from Kyiv to Odessa via Kharkiv, Mikolaivv and Zaporizhzhia, in a great TV report for the Ukrainian national broadcaster Inter TV-Channel.
As Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine enters its third month, we tend to forget about a very important group of invisible heroes : our dearest journalists covering the conflict!Several journalists -foreign and Ukrainian- have been killed since February 24, and dozens more have been wounded. The national union of journalists in Ukraine reports that as many as 20 reporters could have been killed so far, a figure that includes victims whose circumstance of the deaths have not yet been determined. During this trip I got to know Alexandr Vasilchenko, one of the most authentic human beings and an amazing journalist. Not only is he covering the war with great professionalism but also with his heart and soul.
This video is one part of the whole documentary on our NGO’s humanitarian initiatives in Ukraine, especially focusing on our meeting with the Ukrainian refugees from Azovstal who had just escaped from Mariupol and arrived in Zaporizhzhia a few days before. Our co-founder Mariam Lambert further explains the role of our NGO, not only in Ukraine but also in the Netherlands.
In parallel of this documentary, our NGO has been able to discuss with the refugees, listen to their traumatic experience and provide them with first-necessity supplies such as sanitary items, clean clothes and dumb phones, for them to be able to reassure their family members of their liberation.
But some of the people we met still can’t enjoy this new freedom completely, like Tania, who shared with us that her grand-mother is insisted for her to be part of the selected few to see the sun light again, while she would remain in the underground tunnels of the Azovstal, saying that she preferred to ensure her grand-daughter be guaranteed a free future instead.
As Alexandr Vasilchenko, those documentaries are essential because “the world needs to know what is really happening on the field”.
Deliveries at the front line – Bakhmut/Soledar
Together with our team of volunteers for Orphans Feeding Foundation, we have now completed the (hand-to-hand) delivery of winter items to various cities in Ukraine, including Kherson, Beryslav, Zaporizhia, Nikopol, Mikolaivv, Kryvyi Rih, Cherkasy, Kremenchuk, Poltava, Dnipro… and finally Bahmut and Soledar!
12 cities in 15 days to ensure that our Ukrainian people are ready to face the cold winter days ahead.
Bakhmut and Soledar still hold, even though those cities are heavily shelled and the bridges to reach them are being destroyed everyday.
During our mission, like many Ukrainian people, we ran into power shortage, cold weather, no food, no sleep, no access to communication… but we kept going despite all these challenges. Thanks to the many donations of the Winter is Coming campaign, we have been able to deliver 16.7 tons of winter clothes, 24 tons of ready-made meals, 50 generators and 200 wood stoves to the villages of the front line. Our goal is to provide emergency humanitarian aid to those civilians who lost everything overnight.