A Comprehensive “Safe Harbor” for Refugees from Ukraine by Fundacja Polki Mogą Wszystko in partnership with the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation – Poland

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Within the framework of the “Safe Harbor” project, the Fundacja Polki Mogą Wszystko (FPMW), in partnership with the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation, provides comprehensive support to families, especially children and women, who had to flee Ukraine war-torn Poland. The objective of the project is to improve the situation of at least 1,300 people who fled Ukraine, including at least 500 children.

The project consists of three main elements. The first element is to take care of the physical health of the refugees. Together with the AMEDS health clinics in Warsaw and Grodzisk Mazowiecki, the project aims to provide the necessary medical care and examinations by a pediatrician, a gynecologist and a family doctor. The three doctors themselves escaped the war in Ukraine and, thanks to their participation in the programme, they will be able to practice their profession in Poland. Doctors began seeing patients on July 6. Going forward, a second element of the project will include a mobile medical clinic with the aim of reaching refugees from the Mazovia Voivodeship who are outside the major urban centers, who therefore have more difficult access to free health care. . Refugees will also receive support for visits to other medical specialties than those provided by the AMEDS clinic.

The third element is the “Safe Haven” integration space in the center of Warsaw. The space offers comprehensive support for parents, including Polish lessons, translation support, psychological support, assistance with legal issues, lessons for pregnant women and mothers with young children, as well as healthy and vegetarian cooking and nutrition classes. For their children, the space offers fun activities designed by experienced child psychologists and educators. The Safe Haven team currently consists of 12 new employees, the majority of whom are people who fled the war in Ukraine, in addition to the permanent FPMW team. The project also includes grants to allow community centers in small towns in the region to offer activities integrating Polish and Ukrainian children, as well as vouchers allowing Ukrainian children to participate in activities such as music or sports outside. of the Center.

The employment of Ukrainian refugees also brings significant benefits to the employees themselves. By being able to practice their profession, they acquire a feeling of stability and security. Thanks to this, they can create a new home in Poland for themselves and their children.

Safe Haven is a place where anyone who has escaped the war in Ukraine can come, whether or not they plan to participate in the planned activities. One day a girl visited space in crisis. The Safe Haven psychologist spoke with her for over 2 hours that day, helping stabilize her mental state and possibly saving her life.

Alina, one of the psychologist’s visitors from Safe Haven, shared: “It was very difficult to leave my happy life in Ukraine and wait at the border with a small child for ten hours in the cold winter. , without knowing if I will have enough money to feed my son and if we will be able to adapt to the new realities. The sessions with [the psychologist] Ms. Oksana was very helpful to me; I learn to work with my problems and my feelings, and I receive valuable support and feedback.

I am learning to enjoy life and build a happy future for me and my son. Fundacja Polki Mogą Wszystko is a non-profit association created by the publishing house Edipresse on the initiative of the employees. The Foundation was created to implement long-term assistance programs that can measurably and sustainably improve the plight of its beneficiaries. For more information, visit fpmw.pl.

The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation is a global non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by Buddhist nun Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Its missions of medicine, charity, education and humanist culture have brought relief to more than 127 countries. Tzu Chi’s heart is anchored in his name: in Chinese, “Tzu” means compassion and “Chi” means relief, to relieve the suffering of those in need while creating a better world for all through compassion, love and hope. For more information, visit tzuchi.us.

For more information and media requests, please write to Johan Alwall, Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation, [email protected] or Joanna Kuzebska, Fundacja Polki Mogą Wszystko, [email protected]

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