My fresh start in Bratislava is very exciting! I'm working on my own plans of setting up a base in Slovakia for the months to come and I am getting involved in various networking and support initiatives in order to assist the still growing flow of Ukrainians seeking a new start too.
Banco Casino are still accepting UA candidates for their open positions in Bratislava and Kosice. I've posted details about Jan Packa's offer to potentially host and school new workers from Ukraine in a recent post. Go check it out and don't hesitate to share it.
The logistics effort goes on in order to assist the Ukrainians mainly passing the border in Poland and Slovakia. I'm in touch with a Luxembourg association called LUkraine that I also recently presented in the blog and my dear friend, David Pichler, is still in Ukraine documenting how civilians get organised to face the disaster striking their country.
Another private initiative is gaining some inertia in the Nove Mesto nad Vahom region roughly one hour from Bratislava. I found a friend who decided with his wife to host a few UA women with their children in their big house.
'We bought the big house to build a family in the future but since we have no children yet, we might as well share the space.', he explained. Their good heart comes with a brain too! They agree to pay for all living expenses but the condition is that their guests actively seek jobs for a quick integration. They helped one of the women already to find a job as a nurse. 'The idea is to 'get rid' of our guests as quickly as possible in order to be able to host the next ones and we are happy we could get local officials on board to convert an empty building into a proper refugee center over the coming days and weeks.', my buddy (who prefers to remain anonymous) continued telling me about the evolution of the project when he updated me on the status of things during a meeting in Bratislava last night.
I'll be on my way there next Friday to meet them all in person and see what's happening there with my own eyes. I'll bring them some wine and chocolate - our way to promote peace :-D
Also, I came across, Irina Zlivka, a tattoo artist from Uzhhorod near the Slovak border on the Ukrainian side. She came to Bratislava with her mum and granny and is now seeking for options to keep producing her art and support her family.
Right now, she found some occupation at Sub Tattoo in Michalska street, Bratislava and she might be looking into setting up a new tattoo studio here or elsewhere to find ways to get back on solid tracks as a tattoo artist. You can check out her work below and maybe you can go get inked by her.
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