Like many of us I felt powerless watching the invasion of Ukraine, so I decided to do what I could. My mother and father-in-law and several psychologist colleagues become refugees, and many friends in Ukraine experienced attacks directly.
Rather than despair however, I teamed up with Ukrainian and international friends, and we created Sane Ukraine. We have been very successful and have much to do yet.
With a Polish friend, we delivered urgently-needed medical supplies to a children’s hospital in Lviv and then successfully delivered training trauma to 60 people. With local experts, I taught trauma educators/ first aiders to reduce the suffering of war. A local management team now coordinates the work ongoing and we raised funds to give trainers a modest salary .
Yes? We also give free daily online training and support for Ukrainians around the world though Sane Ukraine online. Run entirely by expert volunteers from Ukraine and twelve other countries this will continue until Ukraine is victorious and beyond if needed. Sane Ukraine Online
Assisted by a Polish volunteer, Piotr, we have delivered practical supplies (as requested by locals) to refugees in Lviv. These were the most useful medical and humanitarian supplies that we were able to source.
Reaching the current $150,000 target will enable us to pay the training and management team for two more months, and will pay for the next training session in May
$300,000 will pay fifty trainers for half a year to continue the good work after the May training.
$600,000 will fund the project for the rest of the year.
We are making Lviv (as a major refugee centre) the most trauma aware city on the planet, and Ukraine the world’s most trauma aware country. This will dramatically reduce at least some of the suffering of war.
The trainers we employ are spreading vital knowledge. They will be more effective than foreign aid workers in this capacity, and help will many Ukrainians suffer less, and pass on less trauma to future generations.
Yes. The training team includes four local therapists/psychologists who have welcomed the training as they are short-staffed. They are delighted in fact that we have already effectively doubled their capacity. They also advise on local cultural and practical matters.
We are also supported by international Ukrainian volunteers, local advisors and interpreters. A mix of some of the best people working there already, and people we know well and trust deeply.