More than 2 million people have now fled Ukraine to neighboring countries. The UN has declared it Europe’s worst refugee crisis since WW2. This is a humanitarian disaster.
The Rotary E-Club of Wall Street is appalled by the events unfolding in Ukraine and is leveraging its global membership, talents, and networks to provide living spaces to refugees fleeing from the Russian invasion in Ukraine. While we desperately hope that diplomacy can prevail, we stand with the Ukrainian people defending their freedom and independence.
As the Ukrainian people demonstrate to the world a daily lesson in courage, defiance and the value of freedom, we feel it is our duty to support them however possible and to maintain their hope. We see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change— across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. Thank you for supporting our effort to address this crisis.
Providing Accommodations for Ukrainian Refugees
The initiative “Spaces for Ukrainian Refugees” was started by Rotaractors in Ukraine. Very quickly, the Rotary Club Berlin Platz der Republik became involved and garnered the support of the Rotary E-Club of Wall Street and the Rotary Club Berlin International.
We have joined forces to strengthen this initiative and developed a free matching platform for Ukrainian refugees and hosts across Europe. Our collective goal is to secure temporary accommodations for Ukrainian refugees while en-route to their intended destination.
The process for matching refugees with hosts is reliant on volunteers who carefully assess the needs and capacities, inclusive of language, gender, location, and duration of stay to ensure a comfortable experience for all involved.
Volunteer to support matchmaking, which relies purely on volunteers from the members and friends of the participating Rotary and Rotaract clubs
It started with one call…
On 22 February, while fleeing from Ukraine, Iryna Bushmina appealed to fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians who could provide refuge to members of Rotary fleeing from the Russian invasion. The appeal by Iryna, District Rotaract Representative for Rotary District 2232, was received by a local club in Germany via the “Positive Peace Activators, Europe Cohort” network.