During the first months of the full-scale war, we worked on covering the most urgent individual requests. More than 100 journalists got direct financial help with the evacuation of their families and relocating teams to safer places in Ukraine or abroad. We also delivered to Ukraine the first protective equipment and medical kits.
We supported the construction of Lviv Media Hub – a place built by our Ukrainian partner Lviv Media Forum. First, it became a shelter for journalists and their families from all over the country. Now it works as a co-working and event space for Ukrainian and international colleagues.
Donations also enabled our psychological support program. We provided individual consultations with professional therapists and invited 17 Ukrainian journalists for a retreat at the Baltic Sea in Germany in July 2022. In May and July 2023, we organized two more retreats in Poland for 36 war reporters and their children. We also supported a retreat for the team of investigative media Slidstvo.info, organized by Lviv Media Forum in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.
In the autumn of 2022, Ukraine faced another challenge because of Russia’s attacks on infrastructure. Power cuts and outages caused an urgent need of buying generators and power stations for newsrooms and individual use. In December 2022 we bought and delivered more than 40 generators and power stations to Ukraine and around 80 portable power banks for phones and laptops. 23 Ukrainian newsrooms are using them now for their everyday work: in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhya, Chernihiv, Kherson, Dnipro, and other cities.
Thanks to all the donations – big and small – journalists in Ukraine can continue their work. Thanks to their work, the world can learn about the brutality of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine firsthand. We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed.