Help my Ukranian family start a new life in Poland

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My mother is a Ukranian refugee in Poland. So are my cousins. They need help. Here is their story.

After sleeping in bomb shelters for three nights there was no time to lose. My mum, Elena (59), had to pack her whole life in a carry-on suitcase. Mykolaiv, the main ship-building centre in the Black Sea region with a population of almost 500,000 people, was the desired target of Russian aggression.

My mum had lost her mother (82) to cancer just 4 days before the war started and, at first, she refused to leave her home.

But in another part of the city there were 4 other people who were even more scared than she was - my cousins: Alexandra (23), Arsenti (17), Anastasia (33), and her daughter Ilona (12).

So 5 people in total, plus a cat called Catalina. They were not leaving her behind!

Together they decided to leave the city where they all were born and lived happily until someone decided they need to be “rescued”! They had to leave immediately, and so their 7-day-long journey to escape the country started.

They had no car, so first they had to walk through the bridge to get out of the city as no one wanted to go into the city afraid of getting trapped (the bridge goes down only for couple of hours a day and is lifted up the rest of the time so that no hostile troops could enter from that side of the city).

They could not all fit in one car, so Alexandra left the next day (with the cat) with a Romanian volunteer who was bravely helping evacuating people from Mykolaiv, and she joined the rest of the family in Romania.

When they were outside of the city they paid a man to take them to Palanca, Moldovan city near the border with Ukraine. They drove for 4 hours. While approaching the border it got so crowded with cars and people that the driver could not drive any closer to Palanca, so he let them out and they had to walk for 2 hours in very cold weather among the queueing cars.

After 7 hours in a long queue they finally arrived in Moldovan territory. At the border there were volunteers directing people to the refugee camp in Chisinău. A Moldovan man named Andrej took them in his car to this camp free of charge, driving for almost 3 hours in the night to get there. He said he had gone to the border after work just to see if someone needed help.

They stayed at the refugee camp for 36 hours, waiting for another kind man who agreed to take them from Chisinău to Sibiu (Romania). They left at midnight and arrived in Sibiu at 10am. This man (Marin Stan) drove in the night without a break for 18+ hours (from Sibiu to Chisinău and back)!

I asked a colleague from work (Andreea), who has a sister (Iulia) in Sibiu, to see if she could help them. She very kindly hosted my family and took care of them. They waited there for 3 days to hop on a bus going from Sibiu to Budapest (Hungary), and then from Budapest they took another bus to Warsaw (Poland).

In total it took them 7 days to escape from Ukraine and reach me in Warsaw, where I have studied and lived for the last 13 years.

They will rest a bit, and I will take them to see the doctor and have check-ups for the kids. The next few weeks are all about helping them find a job, organise the required paperwork, rent an apartment and start their new life in Poland.

They are scared for those who stayed behind and for their own future as well. Will they ever return home? Will there still be a home to return to? Will Ukraine survive this?

If you can, please help my mum and my cousins start a new life in Poland. Even sharing this link counts!

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Donors

  • Ian Golding
  • Donated on Mar 31, 2022
€100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 31, 2022
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  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Donated on Mar 29, 2022
  • Wishing you happiness and that from the ashes raises a phenix, May Ukraine be stronger and more united after these horrors.

€50.00
Jun 08

Stop War

Update posted by Katerina Zarecka-Łukasiak at 08:07 am

Dear Friends,will not lie, by this time we hoped it would be all over. But it is not. We still don't know what the future will bring. Their home in Mykolaiv is still standing but there is no possibility for them to return home. It is very dangerous in the. . . . .

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Apr 01

How things are going on

Update posted by Katerina Zarecka-Łukasiak at 05:28 pm
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Dear Friends, Thank you to each and every one who showed support donating, sent parcels for the kids, who shared the link or reached out with kind and encouraging words. Your presence in this difficult time is valued, appreciated and means a lot to my family. I have read to. . . . .

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61 donors
  • Ian Golding
  • Donated on Mar 31, 2022
€100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 31, 2022
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  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Donated on Mar 29, 2022
  • Wishing you happiness and that from the ashes raises a phenix, May Ukraine be stronger and more united after these horrors.

€50.00
  • Juan Rodríguez-Vigil
  • Donated on Mar 29, 2022
€50.00
  • Michele Cuccovillo
  • Donated on Mar 25, 2022
€250.00
  • Lilian Gorriz
  • Donated on Mar 25, 2022
€50.00
  • J Horowitz
  • Donated on Mar 23, 2022
€25.00
  • David Perrotta
  • Donated on Mar 23, 2022
€100.00
  • Natalia Dudziak
  • Donated on Mar 22, 2022
  • Katerina, all the best and a lot of strenght to you and your family. They've gone through a lot, too much but the most important thing is that they're safe now. Fingers crossed for their new life in PL.

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  • Jaime Solsona
  • Donated on Mar 22, 2022
  • A little help before you can return home and recover your life stolen by crazy Putin

€30.00
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