|In these 200 days we have sent 27 trucks with 891 pallets with medicine, medical equipment, food, hygienic products, mattresses, and water containers to Eastern Ukraine. Over 3 million euros worth of our humanitarian aid was distributed through 14 locations in Ukraine with the help of 20 local Ukrainian organizations (see also our scorecard below).|
3 Dutch NGOs are relying on LifeLine Ukraine’s controlled, end2end supply chain to get their aid distributed into the right hands. We are supporting 2 hospitals and 6 local humanitarian NGOs. We have also started to support 5 women-owned businesses in Ukraine with micro-finance, equipment supplies, EU market access, and business mentoring. And our pipeline of women-owned SME support projects is growing.
For our logistics network we have created partnerships with the World Food Program’s Logistic Cluster and with Atlas Logistique – Humanity & Inclusion. Talks are ongoing with Dutch governmental agencies and Dutch and multilateral development banks to investigate how we can create a legacy for the SME support that we provide with LifeLine Ukraine.
We did all of that with less than 350 individual donors and less than 30 corporate donors.
But the finish line is not in sight yet. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have suffered death or injury, more than 140,000 residential buildings in Ukraine have been destroyed or damaged, leaving more than 3.5 million people homeless, every third Ukrainian is displaced, and almost every Ukrainian is traumatized by the war. The recent gains of the Ukrainian army are undeniable and hope-giving, while we must also realize that they represent only a small part of the entire conflict zone. The suffering of Ukrainians in Eastern-Ukraine continues, and with Winter approaching rapidly, the humanitarian catastrophe will only get worse.
What do Ukrainians need today:
– Food (long shelf-life food, sweets, sweet drinks)
– Clothes (new winter clothes, boots, and shoes, underwear, t-shirts)
– Personal care and hygiene products (everything for basic personal hygiene, and basics like shower gel, toothpaste, and brushes, and so on)
– Building materials (roof covering, insulation materials, plastic foil, etc)
– Petfood (baskets, collars, toys)
– Homecare products (detergents, soaps, bags, brooms, buckets, etc)
– Home goods (blankets, sheets, towels, pillows, water containers, etc)
– Home appliances – second hand washing machines, vacuum cleaners, electric heaters, etc
– Medical equipment
– Solar energy solutions
– Car repair diagnostic systems
What can we do apart from the financial donations that you have already made?
– Get producers to send us their redundant goods that would otherwise be destroyed.
(We have received many corporate donations of brand-new clothes, food, water containers, mattresses, building materials that would otherwise have been destroyed. Let us make sure these goods end up in the hands of Ukrainians who need them.)
– Call your friends who works at companies active in one of the sectors mentioned above and ask them what they can spare.
(They will tell you that they already did something, but experience shows that most companies did not yet think of making an inventory of those goods on stock that will not be sold anyway.
– Let us know for what kind of companies you would like to become a business mentor.
(What is the business area you know well. In what sector do you have useful contacts. What companies do you know that would like to do a meaningful CSR project by helping an Ukrainian woman-owned SME.)
– Continue to share the information about LifeLine Ukraine in your real life and social media networks.
– Donate money
Or contact me to talk about what else you can do!
Let’s keep up the good work!
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