As of today, a total of 33 refugees arrived at Poland Master Unit from Ukraine. 29 were accommodated at Dada's MU and 4 were accommodated at Didi's MU. Food Stuff and medicindes were provided for them.
Refugees at the border in Siret, Romania.
Ukrainian refugees arriving at the train station of Suceava/Romania.
Temporary shelter in the lobby of a hotel in Siret, Romania (Amurt/el together with Rotary Club volunteers).
Free drawing with the kids - they choose war and we draw their feelings and a huge positive sun, which represents unity and hope.
Melinda (in orange) is our Emergency Psychologist. She is the only one with this training in Romania. We are also going to train other psychologists in these skills.
Our local relief coordinators Yatiishvara in Kiev and Vijay Jelena Gorá, have expressed the concern that since both MUs in Poland have already reached their full hosting capacity, we need to preserve the remaining capacity at Catania and Ispica for those Margiis who soon will have to leave Ukraine due to the intensification of the hostilities now beginning to reach also Western Ukraine, which so far had remained unaffected by bombings.
Meanwhile there has been at our Catania center a big mobilization of volunteers to prepare the living and dining space for the refugees. Even the civil defense department has come to visit and the Italian national TV wants to make a reportage on our refugee program, so the option to wait here for the Margiis' arrival isn’t viable. Also Margiis currently at the MU aren’t ready to leave as they obviously love the place, have registered themselves as refugees with the polish government and enrolled their children at the local school.
So I have proposed to dedicate the Ispica’s center with 16 beds to margiis only, and structuring the Catania one as a sorting center for all refugees, so by cooperating with other NGOs and local government authorities, we can send them on to their final hosting place as soon as possible. In this way we will be able to operate at full capacity till the rest of the Margiis leave Ukraine and come to occupy all the rooms we have available.
At the moment there are 12 margiis scheduled to arrive soon at the MU, and we plain to leave by bus for Catania on Wednesday. If today we don’t find a sufficient number of refugees amongst those stranded at the Wroclaw train station, tomorrow we will travel to the Ukrainian border to complete the full number of 37 seats available on the bus.
Today I got an update from Vijay, the Ukrainian brother coordinating margiis arriving in Poland MU. He said that 25 of them had already reached Poland MU and 4 more are on their way. Only 2 of them are willing to come to Sicily, where we have prepared shelter for 36 people. So, I plan to travel to the Polish border with Ukraine to screen on site refugees families willing to adjust with our sentient environment and diet. Of course Margiis will have priority, so if you know any Margii family interested, let me know. The first is the retreat center at Ispica, which can host 16 people. The second is our youth center at Catania, which can receive up to 20-25 people.
Tomorrow I will travel to our MU in Poland, where already 20 Margiis from Ukraine have gathered, and more are expected to arrive soon. I plan to bring up to 36 of them with our own bus to Sicily, where we can host them at our youth center and MU project. I am not yet sure how many would want to travel so far, but in case they won't, I plan to travel till the Ukrainian border crossing and welcome refugee families willing to make the long trip. Our SS has just given me the duty to coordinate this relief effort in Berlin sector, so I am happy to cooperate with all of you already engaged in it.
Purchased some food for animals, toilet paper, trash bags, cleaning stuff, litter and delivered everything to the animal shelter. Spent 1152.60 UAH. Purchased and delivered food for volunteering center in Kyiv.
At the moment, we have not had direct hostilities in our village, but the Russian troops are constantly transiting. There are problems with supplies (there are not so many products that are brought in and the queues are huge) and problems with withdrawing the cash, (people have to stand in line for the day, to withdraw up to (2000 UAH).
Payment by card is now possible but not from every store. There are lots of people who need help: old people, poor people and large families. We will purchase the available food and personal hygiene products.
Part of the funds will go to animals from the local shelter (overexposure),:there are also a lot of hungry animals running through the streets. People who leave, just let animals free; we try to feed them too, Today we took two puppies from the street to a shelter.”
Supplied 5th Maternity Hospital with diapers.
Purchased some food for animals, toilet paper, trash bags, cleaning stuff, litter and delivered everything to the animal shelter. Spent 1152.60 UAH. Purchased and delivered food for volunteering center in Dnipro.
Volunteers for AMURT are responsible to distribute it among their community in different areas of the city and they buy food & water supplies, sometimes medicines also. We give food to all those in need. If one is in need of money for food we help them.
Purchased first aid and products for Lysychansk town.
The campaign to support Ukrainians has reached over £6000 and the money has been distributed in various cities and regions in Ukraine including Kyiv, Dnipro, Odessa and Uzhgorod.
We have also helped women, their kids and elderly with transportation tickets to leave the country.
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team - AMURT is actively giving relief to Ukrainian Refugees. We encourage everyone to give donations in whatever ways they can. The refugee situation is very fluid and we will keep you updated of our efforts in helping the refugees.