Copernicus 4 Ukraine

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WHAT WE DO:

1. TRANSPORTATION

We organize humanitarian convoys that evacuate those most in need (chiefly women and children, but also the elderly and the disabled) from Central Train Station Lviv-Holovnyi to refugee reception points in Poland.

We evacuate orphans and disabled children to prearranged accommodations throughout the European Union. 

We work closely with refugee reception points along the Polish-Ukrainian border and supply them with everything from bottled water to diapers and shower gels. 

We transport refugees from reception points along the Polish-Ukrainian border to their chosen locations throughout the country. 

We collect basic foodstuffs, cleaning supplies, bottled water, blankets, and clothing, and transport them to various reception points within Ukraine. 

2. MEDICAL AID 

We provide the refugees under our care with comprehensive medical and dental care  free of charge. 

Project Kid Vax – We educate Ukrainian parents about the need to vaccinate their children for everything from MMR to Covid. We organize vaccination centers, where refugees and their children can obtain all the requisite vaccinations free of charge. 

In cooperation with Polish dialysis centers, we evacuate Ukrainian children in need of dialysis therapy, along with their families, to select hospitals throughout Poland.

Artificial Kidney Project – We identify sponsors willing to contribute to the purchase of artificial kidneys for the evacuated Ukrainian children, as well as rent and manage appropriate storage facilities for medications required in the dialysis therapy, from which they are transported to cooperating hospitals throughout Poland. 

3. EDUCATION

We organize Polish language classes for Ukrainian refugees. Every participant receives all learning materials free of charge. The classes are accompanied by fully staffed play areas, so that the moms can focus on studying, while their kids play and make new friends. 

We identify Polish kindergartens and schools willing to accept Ukrainian students. We provide those students with all the requisite school supplies, including computers. 

We are working on securing additional funds which would allow us to offer scholarships to all the Ukrainian students under our care.

We are putting together a library of Ukrainian language books, which will be housed at our alma mater – the Nicolaus Copernicus High School in Łódź.

We are about to launch a free online platform for learning Polish, which would utilize various electronic materials, as well as a series of podcasts recorded specifically for this purpose.

4. HOUSING, JOBS, AND LEGAL AID

We arrange safe accommodations for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland. We supply those preselected houses and apartments with all the furniture and equipment the new arrivals might need, from basic foodstuffs to cleaning products, bedding, and clothing.

We are working on securing additional funds which would allow us to offer sustained rent assistance to the refugee families under our care.

We strive to facilitate the refugees’ entrance into the job market. We help them with preparing appropriate resumes, we try to connect them with open positions. We are currently working on a comprehensive database of potential employees.

We provide Ukrainian refugees with all the legal aid requisite for legalizing their stay in Poland. 

Project Polish Girls for Ukrainian Girls – We collect new underwear and bras for the women and girls under our care, so that they can feel human again, if only for a brief moment. 

We are building a free online information platform for Ukrainian refugees in Łódź, where they could find everything from step-by-step instructions on how to legalize their stay, to job hunting tips, public transportation maps and schedules, and up to date news on the various free initiatives organized for their benefit throughout the city.  

5. COMMUNITY BUILDING

We organize meetings and excursions aimed at stress reduction. Our goal is to relieve some of the suffering, while building a strong, lasting Polish-Ukrainian community. 

We are working on a series of artistic and cooking workshops that would bring together Ukrainian grandmas and members of our team to learn new skills, like knitting, crocheting, or pierogi making.

We are putting together a media team responsible for documenting all our efforts. 

WHO WE ARE:

We are a group of unpaid volunteers from Łódź, Poland, who evacuate and assist war refugees from Ukraine. Our team of about 900 is comprised of the alumni and scouting troops of the Copernicus High School in Łódź, as well as other Polish and international volunteers, including several from the United States.

Copernicus High is one of Poland's most prestigious public high schools. Its popular nickname is Koper. Koper helped us launch incredible careers and take the world head-on. Koper raised us in the spirit of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and leadership, especially when it comes to helping others.
We share precious memories of teen mischief, vacations spent together, first loves, wildly irresponsible pranks, etc. - but also by the magic of the over one hundred years old building that still serves the school.
We stay in touch, help others and each other, and keep this community alive and active.
  • Karl Richter 
    • $500 
    • 3 d
  • Laura Noxon 
    • $20 
    • 4 d
  • Robert Fagan 
    • $1,000 
    • 4 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $36 
    • 4 d
  • Steven Breckon 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
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Fundraising team: Copernicus Group (3)

Ania Hyman 
Organizer
Ossining, NY
Kasia Lisowska 
Team member
Piotr Wilk 
Team member