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The Copernicus Group Assisting Ukrainian Refugees

3,350 women and children evacuated to date

We urgently need your support to assist thousands of people fleeing the war in Ukraine every hour!

 

WHAT WE DO

We assist those at most risk and in most need, predominantly children and their mothers and other guardians, the elderly, and the disabled. We also evacuate orphans and disabled children to prearranged childcare and healthcare accommodations throughout Poland. To date, the Copernicus Group has brought 2,205 people to safety.

 

In addition to the evacuation effort, we supply refugee reception points in Ukraine and Poland with necessities, from diapers to strollers, medications, and clothing. Once the refugees arrive in Poland, we provide logistical and legal support, living accommodations, healthcare, education, employment assistance, and everyday necessities. Details on our assistance programs are outlined below.

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of unpaid volunteers from Łódź, Poland, who evacuate and assist war refugees from Ukraine. Our team of about 900 – teachers, contractors, opera singers, doctors, engineers, and other professionals – is comprised of the alumni of the Copernicus High School in Lodz as well as other Polish and international volunteers, including several from the United States. We call ourselves The Copernicus Group and our effort is known as Copernicus for Ukraine.

 

We are a grassroots operation and receive no funding from governmental entities. The group’s members fund the ongoing war refugee rescue and assistance operation with their own financial resources, with support from generous donors like you.

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EVACUATION AND TRANSPORTATION

The Copernicus buses, rented with our own funds and with donations from supporters like you, pick up refugees from the Lviv-Holovnyi Train Station and from hospitals in Lviv in Ukraine and deliver them to reception points or healthcare facilities in Poland.


Our volunteer coordinators on the buses manage the evacuation operations, assist the refugees, and coordinate with the Ukrainian and Polish border authorities.

Our volunteers also use their personal cars to transport the refugees from the border to accommodations elsewhere in Poland.

 
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EVACUATION 

The Copernicus buses, rented with our own funds and with donations from supporters like you, pick up refugees from the Lviv-Holovnyi Train Station and from hospitals in Lviv in Ukraine and deliver them to reception points or healthcare facilities in Poland.

Our volunteer coordinators on the buses manage the evacuation operations, assist the refugees, and coordinate with the Ukrainian and Polish border authorities.

Our volunteers also use their personal cars to transport the refugees from the border to accommodations elsewhere in Poland.

HEALTHCARE

The Copernicus Group provides the following medical assistance:

 

Free comprehensive medical and dental care for Ukrainian war refugees residing in Poland.
 

In collaboration with several Polish dialysis centers, we evacuate Ukrainian children in need of kidney dialysis therapy, along with their families, and place them in healthcare facilities throughout Poland.

 

Project Kid Vax: educating Ukrainian parents and guardians about the need to immunize their children against infectious diseases, from MMR to Hepatitis. We organize vaccination centers, with vaccinations provided free of charge.

 

Artificial Kidney Project: we are currently raising funds to purchase artificial kidneys for evacuated Ukrainian children. We also rent and manage specialized storage facilities for medications required for the dialysis therapy, from which they are distributed to hospitals cooperating with our efforts throughout Poland.

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HOUSING

The Copernicus Group arranges safe housing accommodations for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland.

We arrange houses and apartments equipped with everything the new arrivals might need, from furniture and appliances to bedding, cleaning and personal hygiene products, and tableware.

We are raising funds to offer sustained, long-term rent assistance to the refugee families in our care.

 

EDUCATION

We organize Polish language classes for adult Ukrainian refugees. Every participant receives all learning materials free of charge. Fully staffed, adjacent childcare and play areas allow moms and other guardians to focus on studying, while the children play and make new friends.

 

The Copernicus Group connects the refugee families with Polish kindergartens and schools accepting Ukrainian students and provides those students with all required school supplies, including computers.

We are raising funds for scholarships to be offered to all Ukrainian students in our care.

Our team is currently assembling a library of Ukrainian language books, which will be housed at our beloved school – the Nicolaus Copernicus High School in Łódź, Poland.

 

A free online platform for learning Polish, which will utilize various electronic materials as well as podcasts recorded specifically for this purpose, will be launched shortly.

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EMPLOYMENT
AND LEGAL AID

We strive to facilitate the refugees’ entrance into the job market. We assist adults with resume writing, advice, and connecting with employers. Our group is currently developing a comprehensive database of potential employees.

Our volunteers assist Ukrainian refugees with the legal aid requisite for legalizing their stay and work in Poland, and for obtaining social services.

 

COMMUNITY BUILDING

We organize meetings and excursions aimed at stress reduction, for both children and adults. Our goal is to heal the trauma of war, while building a strong, lasting Polish-Ukrainian community. The programs include trips to the zoo, petting farms, and national parks; visits to museums and music performances; as well as cooking and art classes.

 

Project Polish Girls for Ukrainian Girls – we collect new underwear and bras for the women and girls under our care, frequently a welcome self-confidence boost for traumatized female refugees.

 

We are building a free online information platform for Ukrainian refugees in Łódź, where they could find everything from step-by-step instructions on how to legalize their stay, to job hunting tips, public transportation maps and schedules, and up to date news on the various free initiatives organized for their benefit throughout the city.  

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