Almost two months have passed since Russia started the the war in Ukraine and people with intellectual disabilities and their families face the consequences of the conflict. These months taught us that for most of them it is impossible to escape the war zone, shelters are not always accessible, and there is a severe lack of basic supplies including medicines, hygiene products, and other necessary goods.
Protecting people with disabilities in Ukraine who are not able to leave has become a priority for Inclusion Europe and our member organisations. Our member organisation in Ukraine, VGO Coalition, mentioned that the best way to help at this time is to donate, and for this reason, the Help Ukraine fundraiser was created. Up to now, the fundraiser has received € 430,000 in donations; this amount is aimed to assist exclusively VGO Coalition and its local organisations within Ukraine that are in need of goods, personal assistance, and community-based support.
Many of our members are supporting this initiative; organising their own fundraisers to contribute, making donations, organising events to collect from the public etc.
Some have also been participating in donations organised by other organisations, or have been donating and offering support themselves, demonstrating the importance of solidarity during the war. (Here is a list of our members.)
The fundraiser has received support from organisations and individuals outside of Europe too: Inclusion International, Inclusion Canada, The Arc of the Unites States among the organisations raising awareness and contributing.
(Please not these are only examples of contributing organisations. We will publish detailed report at a later date. Thank you to everyone!)
All this aid and collective effort to provide assistance to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Ukraine has been extremely helpful. We want to thank all of you for showing for empowering this initiative and condemning the war. The way you immediately took action is highly recognized and beneficial. It is more than great to show how strong and united we are in the face of such a catastrophic event.
Here you can learn more about our campaign, how to donate, and the way this donation makes a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families affected by the war.
— Inclusion Europe (@InclusionEurope) March 18, 2022
What an absolutely fantastic day! We had a brilliant time at our pop-up coffee shop today, raising an outstanding £1,635.57 (not including online/card payments) All donations go to @InclusionEurope providing care &emergency supplies to people with #disabilities in #Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/CeKB7kWQWf
— Music Man Project Kent (@mmpkent) April 4, 2022
"We are happy we succeeded to distract the children in these difficult times, and improve their mood."
An update from Western Ukraine, where workshops for people with intellectual disabilities resumed, with support provided with our fundraiser. https://t.co/SGx5njgCKT pic.twitter.com/CunuIIS5tq
— Inclusion Europe (@InclusionEurope) April 16, 2022
One month of war in #Ukraine 🇺🇦
Thanks to our friends who responded to our calls on social media to directly help people with #learningdisabilty in Ukraine via @InclusionEurope – more than £75k in UK, €300k+ across #Europe raised so far.#awareness #socialforgood #solidarity 🌻 pic.twitter.com/WRWD0W6iQ0
— ENABLE Scotland (@ENABLEScotland) March 25, 2022
"For the next month I will donate all income I receive from the book ‘A Special Sibling’ to @InclusionEurope campaign for people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Ukraine who are affected by the war."https://t.co/iF9k4Q7bET
Thank you @janefeighery!
— Milan Šveřepa 🌻 (@misver) March 21, 2022
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland have donated £20,000 to @InclusionEurope to directly support people with learning disabilities whose lives have been affected by the tragic events in Ukraine. #Ukraine️ #learningdisability
We reach out to them in solidarity and compassion! pic.twitter.com/No03Vps6lq
— Richmond Fellowship (@RichmondScot) March 18, 2022
Kehitysvammaliitto lahjoittaa 10 000 euroa kehitysvammaisten ihmisten tukemiseen Ukrainassa Inclusion Europe -järjestön keräyksen kautta @InclusionEurope. Vammaiset ihmiset ovat sodassa kaikista heikoimmassa asemassa. https://t.co/VTqhS8JDAt #ukraina #kehitysvamma
— Kehitysvammaliitto (@KVLiitto) March 10, 2022
We're holding a coffee morning on May 7th to support the work @InclusionEurope do to help people with with learning disabilities in Ukraine. . Come and buy a cake, buy a raffle ticket and have a go on our tombola. We look forward to seeing you ☕️🍰😁 pic.twitter.com/fMUXV4qfRq
— Fairoak Housing (@FairoakHousing) April 20, 2022
🇺🇦 La campaña de Plena inclusión para ayudar a las personas con discapacidad intelectual y sus familias, atrapadas por la guerra en #Ucrania ha recaudado casi 50.000€
🍀@InclusionEurope ya ha enviado a las familias ucranias otros 160.000€
— 🍀 Plena inclusión (@Plenainclusion) March 24, 2022
Lahjoitamme 5 000 euroa Ukrainassa asuvien kehitysvammaisten ihmisten ja heidän perheidensä tukemiseksi @InclusionEurope'n kautta. #ukraina #kehitysvamma@hsfi mielipidekirjoituksessa avataan hyvin vammaisten ihmisten hauras asema sotatilanteessa. https://t.co/Ed1Gh5qiBf pic.twitter.com/kEF4gVe2xC
— Kehitysvammatuki 57 ry (@Kvtuki57) March 11, 2022
Menschen mit #Behinderung in der #Ukraine dürfen nicht vergessen werden: Auf unserer Webseite informieren wir über Möglichkeiten zu helfen und darüber, was vor Ort dringend benötigt wird.
➡️ https://t.co/fLCt3jq3bk#Lebenshilfe #StopTheWar Danke an @InclusionEurope 🇺🇦🕊️
— Lebenshilfe (@LebenshilfeBV) March 4, 2022
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