David is still in Ukraine, still delivering meds, still hardly sleeping, still shooting ... awesome pics. It's hard to tell whether the war will still worsen or if we are on the path to peace these days so while the white males on a power trip with their disproportionate egos are still looking for a way to talk to each other like civilised monkeys, we remain alert and cautious.
I will be back in Slovakia soon where a lot of migrant integration work awaits. I'll be meeting David again pretty soon I guess: either on his way from Ukraine to Austria or I will have to go back to Kyiv to drag him out personally since he seems to enjoy it there after +30 days of war. We need to plan the next steps of our interventions in and around Ukraine.
We set our goals as follows:
1. continue independent and direct emergency aid actions as long as combats keep going on and mainstream NGOs keep struggling with bureaucracy and wasting ressources
2. give the people of Ukraine and its diaspora a voice through photos, videos and written articles
3. assist displaced Ukrainians in the search for decent accommodation and development of professional or creative activities in and outside UA
4. infuse ideas and share knowledge for various peace consolidating, cultural exchange and reconstruction projects that can grow locally and independently to help make Ukraine hospitable and pleasant again as quickly as possible
We are working on a few interesting project drafts that we are currently discussing with various potential local and foreign partners but since the distress is still great as combats are still raging in many Ukrainian cities, our main focus remains on emergency aid for now.
We've been thinking a lot about legalising our actions in Ukraine and we still are. We feel like many international organisation are still wasting a lot of time, money and ressources before they act. We really enjoy the fact of acting as an independent quick response crew but we're not stupid. Since we have zero combat skill and experience, we found private individuals and paramilitary groups that are willing to support and protect us on the go, especially when moving near front lines.
Since we jumped head first into the action as private individuals a month ago, some of our dear dear dear European banks are still giving us a hard time when noticing transactions in Ukraine and some of our accounts remain blocked. I guess being a large scale drug dealer or corrupt politician is easier these days but we're not giving in to the pressures of politically correctness and we've moved on to exchanging some of our funds via crypto currencies.
Since I am originally from Luxembourg, I made contact pretty quickly with the local Ukrainian community that got organised in a very effective way acting in the shadow of well-known enormous and therefor slow and inefficient structures.
This dynamic Luxembourg Ukraine diaspora regrouped around an association called LUkraine a.s.b.l. that we are likely to keep working with over the coming months.
David and I still don't know how we'll be going on legally for now and we are still accepting financial support to keep our private emergency actions going strong but if you are to donate to a legit structure, LUkraine might be the one we would advise you to aim for since they share many of our beliefs and points of view.
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