Since last summer, civil society organisations in Poland have organised aid in response to the humanitarian crisis on the border to Belarus, saving people’s lives. This situation had not been solved when Russia invaded Ukraine and the humanitarian needs were raised to a new level.
Aid to thousands of people
Help Center “Live in Kraków” was established by Salam Lab and two Ukrainian NGOs on the first day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In the first three months, the centre provided aid to more than 46 000 people: gave intervention shelter to 3 600 people, housed safely 9 613 people in private apartments and hotels, received more than 15 000 calls in Polish and Ukrainian and 20 000 people went through the centre, receiving information, essential medical, psychological or legal assistance.
Over three months into the war, Help Center “Live in Kraków” is still operating as information, help desk and support centre, though no longer offering emergency accommodation. The situation is changing and Help Center has adjusted their work.
Cultural end educational projects
– Recently we have launched SPA (Space of Public Activities) a special project and invite anyone interested in co-creating projects of artistic, cultural and educational nature in cooperation with Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, says Karol Wilczyński, founder of SalamLab.