Our charity's mission is focused on providing medical equipment for children's hospitals, but our organization is known to draw on its resources to help in humanitarian crises.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation established a humanitarian aid point in Michałowo, a town located at the Polish - Belarusian border.
The humanitarian aid point has been launched in cooperation with the Polish Red Cross and the office of the Polish Ombudsman. The aid point aims to support volunteers and organizations engaged in providing humanitarian help to refugees stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus. Anyone looking to assist can rely on the stock gathered in Michałowo humanitarian aid point. The humanitarian aid point will be equipped with all necessary items and basic medical supplies, which then be handed out to volunteers who can reach people stuck on the border or lost in the surrounding forests. We also want to provide activists and volunteers with a place to rest and warm up between their trips into the woods. We aim for our humanitarian point to become the first supply chain for volunteers working on the border - a place where supplies can be stored and distributed to those who might need them.
Please remember that we are not running a collection - we aim to serve as a place for stocking essential supplies and a place for the rest of the volunteers. The supplies are available at the first aid point and brought to locations where refugees might reach.
We will provide, among others:
- face masks (medical-grade KN95 / FF5)
- Disinfectant liquids
- Space blankets
- Hand warmers
- First Aid kits
- Packages with warm clothes and shoes
- Food supplies
We have already bought equipment and medical supplies for first aid workers who have been working at the border. We have bought devices and equipment for almost PLN 40 000 - including perishables and medical devices such as AEDs. Jurek Owsiak also ran a Facebook fundraiser to aid the Ocalenie Foundation and raised PLN 72 927, which will also help volunteers and activists carry out their mission.
Punkt Pomocy Humanitarnej
We call the citizens of Poland to take up the initiative and not be indifferent.
We demand NGOs and activists to be granted access to the restricted area to help people currently on Poland's territory.
We demand the government to create places where the refugees can remain in a dignified and safe environment to await all international procedures to be completed. Furthermore, we urge the government to lift restrictions that forbid and prevent activists from helping the refugees. We also request access for journalists, who can then report on what goes on in the restricted area.