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#OneDayofUkrainianVolunteer

We don't have time to rest nor to give up

25 July 2022

We know it's hard to read about other people suffering, but it's important to remember that some people really live like this every day. There is a war going on in Ukraine right now. And through the stories of volunteers about their life and day-to-day work, we want to show that everyone is able to make another person's life a little easier and better.

That's why we interviewed one of our volunteers. Her name is Alice, she is an experienced volunteer from Dnipro. Before the war she also helped retired people and those who found themselves in a difficult situation. Alice shared with us her experience of living in a temporary center and helping civilians.

A shelter we talked about was founded in February, 2022, by volunteers who lost their homes in Mariupol.

Tell me, how day-to-day life is organized in your shelter.

We start the morning at 8:00. Sometimes, with the sirens. At the beginning of the war, it was scary to wake up to sirens and bombing, but now we have almost got used to it. Even the babies stopped crying.

Volunteers and migrants live in the same house, since the majority of volunteers are ordinary people who lost their homes like everybody else. We usually have breakfast together. We cook on the wood stove. To be more specific, one person cooks for everyone.

Several foundations help our shelter, and we are immensely grateful.

How do people get in your shelter?

To stay in our shelter, people call beforehand, since we do not always have vacant places. Next, we talk through all house rules and conditions. If people agree, we give them the address, and get their sleeping places ready, while they are on their way.

How long do they stay?

Average stay is around 2 weeks, we can call it a sort of transit. We usually need 2 weeks to help people find permanent accommodation. Since the breakout of the war, we have accommodated over 200 adults and 57 kids.

What help do you offer to migrants?

Apart from humanitarian aid, we offer legal advice, since many people come without documents. We also help them to get an IDP certificate (a certificate on registering an internally displaced person) and various allowances. Of course, we also provide psychological help, as it is required by many, especially when they arrive.

What does a volunteer’s day look like?

Each day is different from another, because every day we have different problems. We help to evacuate people, buy and deliver humanitarian aid — now we are mostly going to Zaporizhzhya and Kryvyi Rih.

We do not go to bed at the same time, since in the evenings, sirens start more often. However, the alarm can also go off during the day. In these situations, we get the people from the house to the bunker and wait until it is over. During these moments, it is particularly hard to keep calm, especially for those who have seen the terrors of war.

Well, we don’t have time neither to rest, nor to give up.

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