The second aid transfer of knowledge to the Ukrainians: the necessary strategy change

Message from 04/21/2022

Written by Catherine Behner

The second aid from Knowledge was transferred to Krapkowice in mid-April. Relief supplies are serving refugees there and in Krabkovice’s sister city Rohatyn in Ukraine. Hamster purchases and rising food prices in Germany are now pushing people to take a different approach when it comes to aid.

Above: Aid transportation has arrived in Poland. In the middle is the priest of Rohatyn. Essential supplies moved directly to the twin city of Krabkovice. Below: As they continue their campaign “You Help Friends” (from left). Reinhold Brühl, Horst Benhammer, Ulrich Jung Wolf, Rudiger Beschke and Ulrich Marciniak. (Photos: Private/Cathapi)

Knowledge. The twin town of Knowledge and Krapkowice Municipality in Poland continue to provide protection and assistance to some 500 Ukrainian refugees. They live with friends and family and in rented apartments. And the knowledge wants to continue to support her sister town of Krabkowice in Poland. Because the end of the aggressive war in Ukraine and associated and necessary refugee assistance does not seem to be in sight at the moment.

Hamster purchases and high prices in Germany call for change
Accordingly, the overall need for humanitarian assistance remains. Knowledge wants to help his friends in Poland and also in Ukraine.

But the strategy for this requires a change, not least because of hamster purchases, related shortages and increases in food prices (such as flour and oil) in Germany, according to a report by Ullrich Jung and Wolf-Rüdiger Bieschke, who are on Verbandsgemeinde’s advisory team and have been the city of knowledge with the mayor. Berno Neuhoff had already started a first aid campaign in mid-March.

At the moment, according to Ulrich Jung, there should be no additional transfer of knowledge. However, you want to “stay awake”. Help is still needed.

The Knowledge Aid team plans to continue collecting and making donations available to the people of Krapkowicen. This means that much needed can then be purchased directly from the site. This was agreed upon in discussions with the mayor of Krabowice, Andre Casswar and his staff, Harald Brooke and Tom Slizage. Brühl and Selzak primarily take care of the refugee problem at the site.

The experiences of Jung and Bieschke, who brought the transport, mean there is no doubt that the purchased items will reach recipients in need: “Our friends at Krapkowice are also involved in humanitarian work with the same commitment that informed citizens do.” Bieschke explains that every cent goes directly to people who have fled and is used, for example, for food and hygiene items.

In order not to waste a cent of knowledge donations, a donation account was created in Krabkovići, to which money from knowledge is transferred. In return, knowledge receives receipts for the purchase of food and aid. The advantage of helping in this way in the future is obvious: on the one hand, groceries are more easily available locally in Poland, while the shelves of some urgently needed groceries are partially empty here. Another reason is the sometimes high purchase prices in Germany. Fuel prices do the rest.

A look back at the second transfer: Mark the moments of touch
Before Easter (April 12-14) this was the second transfer of knowledge with 13 carriages and two more platforms of relief supplies, which was able to set off thanks to the massive readiness to help people across Westerland.

In general, the citizens of Westland have now donated goods and money in a five-figure sum. The local community in Mittelhof donated another €1,000 to his twin town, Bethna. For this and also for the free provision of pickup trucks from W. Schneck Senior and Elektro-Conze, the Wissenser support team would like to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts.

Bieschke and Jung, who took over the transfer again, reported touching moments. When they arrived already after exactly 852 kilometers at the relief collection center in Krabovice, there was the first moment of goosebumps. Completely unexpected and unplanned, they came across the priest from Rohatyn, who was about to load relief supplies to his hometown. The arrival of the aid transfer of knowledge touched not only the pastor: some merchandise could be reloaded on the spot, essentially everything that represented a quick meal for the needy.

Rohatyn, with a population of approximately 8,000, is the twin city of Krabowice and is currently home to more than 2,700 fleeing citizens from hotly contested areas of the community, most of whom are women and children.

A few days after their return, the support team from Knowledge received a message from Rohatyn, in addition to the partner cities, they also thanked Knowledge. It states that the situation is stable “as far as war permits”. Further: “Since the war we have received great and important help from our sister cities… …all we have received is great help for the defenders, all those who have found shelter in our community after having had to leave their homes and jobs.” (Cathepi)

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