Working Together for Ukraine
Updated 3rd May 2022
Updated 3rd May 2022
Thank you for your generous and compassionate response to the hardships affecting our fellow human beings in Ukraine. We have created this page to keep you informed as new developments occur, to let you know what we have done with the money so far entrusted to us, and as a way for you to continue to support our work if you feel to do so.
So far you have helped Susila Dharma raise over $70,000 and the response team is continually exploring ways to maximize our support both within and outside Ukraine. Our network is agile and allows us to reach communities in need. With their help, we can be extremely effective, and can guarantee that your money is put to good use. SDIA takes no commission on your donations to the Ukraine emergency appeal, so you can also rest assured that 100% of your donations is being spent on the ground.
We understand the damage caused by this invasion could take many years to repair, and needs are likely to be long-term. Therefore, we are thinking about a longer-term plan and considering the most effective way we can support Ukraine and its people at this time.
Meanwhile, we are working with a strong and efficient team on the ground that has been monitoring the needs in its communities since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Representatives from SDIA, our national Susila Dharma chapters and representatives of the World Subud Association are in frequent communication with people in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to identify and help them get needed materials and support.
For example, team members have contacts with doctors in a hospital in central Ukraine who have helped us to identify what is really needed to save lives and cannot be found in Ukraine, such as:
So far, SDIA and its support team around the work have carried out the following specific actions:
We are planning to deliver more generators – our network all over Europe is working hard on this as we speak. Our target is a total of 100.
SDIA has sent funds to support outreach activities organised by and based on needs identified by local people. These include:
In April, the need was assessed for generators in cities impacted by bombings with frequent or long-term power cuts: generators for families to cook, use washing machines, light their house in the evening etc. Since none of us in the team knew much about generators, we asked for help around us and found the support of an expert in Nice, South of France, in the person of Gérard, a retired teacher in electro-physics.
Not only did we get advice, but Gérard surveyed suppliers in Nice and got a good deal with a 20% discount from BricoDépôt for 19 generators: 16 were financed by SDIA, SD France and SD Spain (total 5000 euros), and Gérard paid for 3 of them with a personal crowdfunding campaign. And not only did Gérard help us purchase those 19 generators, but he also offered to drove them to Warsaw with his friend Claude, in Claude’s van. Thank you, Gérard!
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Update from our main contact in Ukraine on April 10. These images show Dr Maria Armstrong and family in Scotland with medical supplies about to be sent to Ukraine, as well as their safe arrival at their destination.