When it comes to supporting some cause, I am not the one jumping on a bandwagon. I actually disrespect Slacktivism and being not able to do something meaningful, usually limit myself to donating to humanitarian organizations. But what is happening now in Ukraine is too much, and I would like to help, but in a meaningful way. I hope I am not alone and I hope we can exchange ideas here.
For a start, this is a Facebook group (Switzerland with Ukraine), but one where real actions are coordinated.
And this is a list of items being collected today:
I totally agree with you. Donating individual items that we don’t need anyway just makes us feel better and not necessarily a most effective logistics. But at the moment I don’t know another way to provide help. That is also why I opened this topic. There are lots of skillful people here, maybe we can come out with something better? Like organizing transportation of one standard container of medicine to Polish or Hungarian border with Ukraine? Or at least finding out who is doing things like this.
Or to have a postal address at a border that would allow receiving packages by standard mail, that would be transferred across the border?
Aren’t organization like MSF or ICRC (for example, I’m sure there’s more) organizations that have the training and logistics to handle that? They’ve handle refugee crisis all over the world for a long time.
Probably if you have the space, opening your home would likely work (there’s going to be lots of people on S permit in Switzerland soon enough I assume, and being hosted by someone might be a possibility).
As nabalzbhf, I’d say as Swiss people, our main personal impact would be through financial donations: 1 CHF goes a long way and what we can give here can buy much more in a different location, if managed efficiently by a properly organized organization.
For years I have been supporting "Polish Humanitarian Action". They have been active for years in various humanitarian crisis locations (Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Ukraine before the war). They are being run professionally, finances audited, have infrastructure and know how to act both in Ukraine and in Poland, helping refugees.
What would be really helpful is to find out which banks are buying Ukrainian currency now. Many refugees have taken their savings in cash, but cannot do anything with it right, because banks are not buying.
This sounds like a task for Super Mustachian Financial Rescue Team!
We did the same with an apartment in Poland. It was put on the market (to be sold) through the agency in January, but after Russia invaded Ukraine we have contacted the agency with which we signed the contract and asked them if we can put someone from Ukraine there. Fortunately they agreed and since beginning of March there are 2 women with 3 kids living there. Even if we find someone interested in buying it, we will give them time to find something else (and will try to help them in this process too).