С л а в а У к р а ї н і ! - Deutsche Version - F A C E B O O K
Eight years ago, I visited Ukraine for the first time and two years later came into contact with the founders and staff of
On3Wheels and EcoMercy,
two non-profit organisations that are actually dedicated to youth work in western Ukraine near Lviv. In the mean time, the number of visits has been growing and
a friendship being created.
They normally distribute hot meals to children, go on bicycle tours, or give physically handicapped people the opportunity to take part in hiking tours in the
Carpathians with the help of a special wheelchair.
Now, however, my friends are making their premises available to internally displaced persons from the embattled areas and distributing more relief supplies inland.
So turning the demand for support into action is a matter of honour.
What is needed the most?
• Soap (also as a bar), diapers, sanitary towels/tampons/liners, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper.
Durable food (rice, pasta, canned food) and baby food are still needed.
In addition, first aid materials are needed for the injured.
Expired first aid kits from vehicles are excellent, as long as the individual parts have not yet been opened.
Medical equipment, which
is also important. These include, for example:
- is officially expired but still usable,
- has been sorted out due to production errors that do not lead to impairments in use (e.g. rejects due to spelling errors),
• Blood collection equipment (especially bags), disposable syringes, saline, infusion supplies
• Panthenol, analgesic drugs, norepinephrine
Even if clothing is not absolutely necessary, blankets, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads are a good protection against the cold due to the very simple accommodations.
The second transport 28.4-3.5 (click to open)With the experience of the first delivery, the second transport was more relaxed. This time, however, not only relief goods were transported,
but also, among other things, things were done for my friend who cannot do them at the moment, and the car was also given a bit of a tune-up.
It was quite good not to be stressed. However, it was noticeable that the war, even if it had not physically arrived in the West, was still eating away at people´s nerves.
The air-raid alarm went off twice during our stay, but it was not very loud in Sosnivka. But it is still not without danger. Three weeks earlier, a projectile hit a
garden on the outskirts of the city and also destroyed a dacha.
Pavlo´s filling the shelves
One month ago the shelves were filled with hygiene products
Rubels are only exchanged for glory to Ukraine
Fuel is being rationed
A rocket also hit Sosnivka
The trampoline is being set up and...
...already loved by the children. Made me very happy.
Letters of thank by children
Another relief supply from Germany arrived. Now the storage is a bit fuller again.
Donating blood the day before the departure
The angels of the kitchen are preparing delicious Ukrainian cuisine
The first transport 22.3-24.3 (click to open)We left for Ukraine at 7.30 pm. When we arrived at the border in the morning, everything was quiet and empty. Apart from us,
only one other car was waiting to cross the border. When we arrived at my friends´ house, we had some breakfast after unloading
and then raced back to the border to reload another shipment (a professional sewing machine). When this was done, we had lunch
and decided to stay the night and visit Lviv in the afternoon.
The next morning we left at 9.30am for Berlin, where we arrived
The loaded van
Icy sunrise in east Poland
On Ukrainian territory
Unloading the van
The head of the charity, Pavlo, with wife, Maria
Loading new goods at the border
Silence before return
Finish and Return
Update 25.04: April 28th the road will be hit again, everything´s more or less ready:
Update 09.04: Additional equipment for the soldiers (used but good condition is also fine):
• Hiking boots
• Sleeping bags
• Sleeping mats
• Hiking backpacks (at least 45 litres)
Update 30.03: Additionally needed are:
• Metal or porcelain tableware: large deep plates (diameter of 16-20cm, length of a hand) and medium-sized or large bowls (for muesli or soup)
• Cutlery (large spoons, knives, forks)
• Thermals (warm underwear, functional underwear, merino wool)
• Littles toys, drawing materials
To bring some colour into daily life:
• Small houseplants or flower pots, such as pansies, gerbera or campanula
Update 22.03: The first transport will start on March 22nd at about 8pm. Thank you very much for your support!
Update 14.03: If you happen to have any spare military protective equipment (helmets, waistcoats), this is also in high demand. Also sewing machines.
You can find a complete list here
- Nappies/diapers, menstrual products
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Soap bars
- Toilet paper
- Washing powder, washing-up liquid
- Equipment for blood collection/donation (tourniquet, blood bag, cannulae, tubes)
- First aid kits (also expired ones from the car)
- Disposable syringes in all sizes
- Infusion accessories
- Saline solution
- Bandages, dressings
- Wound ointments
- Corona rapid tests
- Powdered baby food
- Tea and coffee
- Milk powder
- Energy bars
- Sleeping bags
- Camping mats
- Hiking boots
- Large backpacks (45+ litres)
- Thermos flasks
- Tableware (hand-length deep plates, bowls, metal/porcelain)
- Drawing materials and toys for children
- Houseplants (pansies, gerbera or campanula)
- Torches with batteries
- Night vision devices, headlamps
- Mobile heaters
- Camping cooker
- arge & strong rubbish bags (for sand)
- Moving boxes
If you would like to donate something, please feel free send me a list with your supplies as mail OR use a pre-made donation form (German-only until now).
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Otherwise, you can of course contact the major aid organisations concerning donations. More information is available from the
broadcasting service, for example.
I heard you cannot get across the Polish-Ukrainian border anymore.
The Ukrainian embassy will provide me with a document to cross the border, stating that humanitarian goods are being transported. If, contrary to
expectations, that does not work out, I will meet my friends on the Polish side and we will reload the aid supplies.
I have heard that many helpers are stranded at the border and now have to be provided for alongside the refugees because they could not
hand in their donations.
Since I want to cross the border (having the official paper from the embassy), I myself will probably not become a problem. Furthermore, I know
many other border crossings and will also seek the opinion of my friends as to which border crossing is the easiest to cross at the time.
For myself, I will of course take food and a sleeping bag, so I will not be a burden to anyone.
How long will it take for the relief supplies to arrive?
I reckon it will take about 8-9h to get to the border, 3h to cross the border and then another 1-2h to get to the main destination of
Sosnivka. To Lviv, where most of the medical equipment will be taken, is a bit faster.
Will we be able to follow the progress via social media?
Where are the things stored before they are taken away?
The Protestant Cemetery Association Berlin-Stadtmitte has provided rooms to store large containers. Small quantities will be stored
privately or picked up shortly before departure.
Did you notice anything of the war in the region (Western Ukraine, Lviv)?
Fortunately not directly. During our almost 24-hour stay, the inexperienced helper could actually only make out the roadblocks to the right and left of the road - some with staff -
in front of and behind each village, where we were stopped from time to time.
Otherwise, there were fewer cars on the road (apart from Lviv) and the people who were out and about in the EcoMercy building looked dejected, were more than normal and
of course not only children. Otherwise, there were many posters calling for people to persevere and resist.
While the air raid sirens were still going off at least several times a day the days before our arrival, we were lucky and were able to spend a quiet night. Two days later,
however, the sirens started wailing again.
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