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It has now been over two months since Russia launched its military invasion of Ukraine. Since then, thousands of people have died, towns and cities have been destroyed and 13 million people have been displaced. As a result, people around the World have mobilised to help in any way they can and Kingsley Napley also wants to play its part. Inspired by the Cook for Ukraine initiative which aims to increase awareness of the current humanitarian crisis as well as raise funds for Ukraine by encouraging people to cook and bake Ukrainian and Eastern-European-inspired dishes, the Charities Committee has decided to organise a Ukraine Day on the 19th of May 2022. On that day, we will be holding a bake sale from 11am to 3pm; Lennie’s will be offering Ukrainian-themed dishes for lunch and the choir will perform a “Prayer for Ukraine”.
All proceeds raised will go to our selected charity, British Homes and Schools for Ukrainians (BHSU), which is helping Ukrainians arriving in the United Kingdom under the Government “Homes for Ukraine” scheme. More than four million refugees have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian military invasion. In fact it is thought that one in four Ukrainians have now fled their home and only a very small number of them have reached the UK. BHSU provides infrastructure and services to help connect hosts with Ukrainians and support both sides. Their purpose is to help Ukrainians relocate and establish a dignified temporary independent livelihood in the UK during a time when they cannot go back to their homes in Ukraine.
This charity was selected as it is close to Yuliya Osudina’s heart, one of the Associate’s in the Family team. BHSU was co-founded up by Yuliya’s friend Valeria. The charity is trying to place Ukrainians within families with teachers of English as a second language with the aim of helping Ukrainians integrate into the UK society more quickly. Valeria is also fundraising so that BSHU can pay salaries and continue to employ managers and programmers. These are mainly young men in their thirties who are still in Ukraine, and mothers (often working part-time) who fled Ukraine. It is important for them to be able to work somewhere to continue to support themselves and their families financially.
For further information on any issues raised in this blog, please contact a member of our Immigration team.
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