The Mentoring Program 3.0 started on February 23. There are a lot of plans, happy participants, and a clear vision of what to do next. But at dawn on February 24, Russia attacked Ukraine along the entire length of the common border, from Luhansk to Chernihiv, as well as from Belarus and the occupied Crimea.
We have compiled a brief summary of how mentoring organizations promptly responded to the imposition of martial law. Under the force majeure circumstances, some people channeled their efforts into the help to the residents of communities, while others changed the vector of expertise in accordance with the need of the hour.
TABLETOCHKI CHARITABLE FOUNDATION (KYIV)
It procures food and medicine for the hospital, provides targeted financial assistance (sends money to a card so that those in need can buy medicine), helps evacuate children to Poland.
Volunteers can also buy medicines at a pharmacy and bring or deliver them to those in dire need, as well as provide psychological support.
How can you help? They need drivers and minibuses that could take children around Kyiv from hospital to a pickup point, as well as buses / minibuses that could take children from Kyiv and the regions to Poland via Lviv or Lutsk.
SOCIETY “UKRAINIAN PEOPLE’S HOUSE IN CHERNIVTSI” (CHERNIVTSI)
A temporary shelter for refugees was set up in the premises of the Society. Partners – local business representatives – help with meals.
You can get help or support by contacting: email@example.com, phone +380 (99) 325 97 41
CF LIGHT OF HOPE (POLTAVA)
They set up additional centers for refugees.
They primarily need diapers and other supplies for children.
To support, contact: +38 (066) 070 36 49 (Viktor Shylov), +38 (066) 106 65 05 (Masha Bondarenko).
NGO INSTITUTE OF SOCIO-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
They head the coordination center of the city of Aleksandria.
How you can help and what you can do – up-to-date information is published in the Telegram channel https://t.me/alexandriacoordinationcenter
INSTITUTE OF ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY (POLTAVA)
They support the military.
They need help with body armor, helmets, thermal imaging cameras, walkie-talkies, night vision devices and TLBVs. Tactical equipment suppliers are currently being sought.
“100% LIFE NETWORK” CHARITY ORGANIZATION (LVIV)
They are engaged in providing assistance aid and psychological support to refugees and residents of war-affected territories.
The organization needs assistance in finding and purchasing medicines, food, and other humanitarian aid. To support – visit Lviv, 209 Horodotska Street (entrance from the yard).
PATIENTS OF UKRAINE CF
They collect requests from patients for medicines, if possible – coordinate the delivery and distribution of medicines, there is a hotline at +38 (096) 2 888 003 and +38 (095) 2 888 005.
Now organization representatives organize logistics of shipments, form inquiries by regions, try to organize assistance to children with epilepsy in wartime.
One of the most important areas is volunteer support and coordination of humanitarian aid and medical care for people affected by shelling, in particular, in Sumy Region. In addition, they take care of the evacuation of people with disabilities and mothers with children.
ACCESS POINT NGO (KRAMATORSK)
They help with the evacuation of people
NGO UKRPROSTIR (ZAPORIZHZHIA)
Representatives of the organization coordinate volunteer work and disseminate the necessary information among residents.
NGO THE LEGAL HUNDRED (KYIV)
First and foremost, the organization’s lawyers advise people in need, seek contacts, disseminate relevant information, and help coordinate.
In addition, they prepare written explanations on topical issues (mainly related to mobilization and martial law).
PUBLIC ASSOCIATION “RPR COALITION” (KYIV)
They advocate for international support for Ukraine.
NGO TERRITORY OF SUCCESS (KROPYVNYTSKYI)
They collect the necessary resources for the army, provide humanitarian support to the military. They resettle and help displaced persons and provide informational assistance.
NGO VINNYTSIA CITY ORGANIZATION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF CERTAIN VULNERABLE CATEGORIES OF YOUTH PAROSTOK (SPROUT) (VINNYTSIA)
They provide food and medicine to the members of NGO Sprout – representatives of vulnerable youth.
NGO “ENVIRONMENT-PEOPLE-LAW” (KYIV)
Representatives of the organization carry out expert analysis, develop proposals – everything that relates to activities.
They use their connections with foreign and international journalists, environmental organizations, and environmental party representatives to advocate for decision-making.
Even now, mentors engage mentoring organizations, alumni of Mentoring Programs, in gathering information about environmental crimes for further processing. They are in constant communication with other partner NGOs. After all, mutual support and joint work does not leave time for negative emotions.
NGO CENTER “WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES” (LVIV)
It helps refugees.
CENTRE OF POLICY AND LEGAL REFORM (KYIV)
It analyzes domestic and international decisions made under martial law.
Together with the Center for the Study of the Rule of Law, NaUKMA, they initiated the creation of the Legal Battalion. Its goal is to promptly develop specific legal solutions in cases where peacetime legislation does not provide answers to questions that arose during the war.
PUBLIC CONTROL PLATFORM NGO (DNIPRO)
Representatives of the organization refocused on the information warfare: They develop a database with the facts of crimes, destruction, wrecked military hardware, prisoners, collect photo and video evidence. In the future, these materials can be used during international tribunals.
ECOCLUB NGO (RIVNE)
The organization collects medicines for the military.
For convenience, they have developed a website https://help-for-rivne-ukraine.org/
Representatives of the organization are actively reaching out to international partners, talking about the needs and opportunities to help Ukraine during the war. They also disseminate information and try to support their community members as much as possible.
Mentoring Program 3.0 to strengthen the advocacy and other capacities of civil society organizations from different parts of Ukraine is part of the Project Ukraine Civil Society Sectoral Support Activity implemented by the Initiative Center to Support Social Action “Ednannia” in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) and Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) with the sincere support of the American people through United States Agency for International Development.