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6 March 2022

How we are using donations for Ukrainians

Angelo Conti

Close to Ukraine, really close. Specchio d’Italia was one of the first Italian foundations to launch a subscription in favour of Ukraine on Sunday 27 February. At the same time, its sister foundation, Specchio dei tempi, which has more than 60 years’ experience in humanitarian aid in emergencies, also took immediate action to support the collection. When the two foundations opened the subscription, they provided 100,000 euro of their own funds, which were immediately joined by private donations from everyone: citizens, families, schools and companies. The collection has now exceeded EUR 440,000.

What have we done to help the Ukrainians? The first emergency appeared to be the hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing the Polish and Hungarian borders. Within a few hours, we contacted voluntary associations, local authorities and journalists from local newspapers in those countries to get a good understanding. It became clear that while there were no problems on the Hungarian border (the Hungarian reception system was efficient and met all the needs of those arriving), the situation on the two main routes between Ukraine and Poland was quite different. On Monday, the first shuttles, financed and supported by our foundation, were already on their way to these areas. On Wednesday night, the first refugees arrived in Italy, reaching first Brescia and then Turin.

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Since then, the shuttle service has been running on a daily basis: 9-seater buses, but also a 54-seater bus, which has just left today and will be used frequently next week. Obviously, these vehicles have also begun to transport basic necessities: mainly foodstuffs with a long shelf life, personal hygiene products, medicines and various medical supplies (with particular demand for syringes, bandages, plasters and disinfectants).

In the meantime, in Palermo, we delivered an important financial contribution to the family of a severely disabled 8-year-old girl (Elisabetta Pastux) who had just arrived from Kiev. And it was precisely this disability that triggered another initiative to enable the supply of rare and expensive medicines (e.g. anti-epileptic drugs) for disabled children still in Ukraine.

Next week’s programme includes intensifying connections with the borders to transport refugees to Italy, but also sending medical supplies and food to those who have decided to stay in Ukraine, some to fight, some unable to move for health reasons, some out of attachment to their homeland.

We will continue to be close to the Ukrainian people. Everyone can give us a hand to be even more incisive and more capable of bringing comfort to desperate people.

How to donate for the Ukrainian refugees

You can donate by clicking here or you can pay by bank transfer to the current account in the name of Fondazione Specchio d’Italia ONLUS, Iban code IT82 F030 6909 6061 0000 0176 056, Banca Intesasanpaolo. Please indicate “For the people of Ukraine” in the reason for payment.

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