Since 2018, WONDER Foundation has worked with locally-led Polish organisations to support Ukrainian migrant women in Poland. Now more than ever, our partners are ready to build on this expertise, and draw on their deep connections with both the Polish and Ukrainian communities. They are meeting the urgent needs of the women and families fleeing war in Ukraine and have the resources, knowledge and teams in place to do so.
Thousands of women and children have fled Ukraine to Poland. They are arriving in Poland without resources and support networks, needing access to food, shelter and aid. Polish people have mobilised in astonishing ways, and our local partners have already delivered emergency packs to hundreds of families-but this is not enough. Long-term support is essential to ensure women and children are not only safe from conflict and immediate danger, but also able to rebuild their lives in Poland.
WONDER's partners Pontes and Panorama have over five years experience in supporting the integration of Ukrainian migrant women and children in Poland. Working with Ukrainians residents in Poland and expert Poles, we are ready to meet immediate needs by focussing on a sustainable response. This will empower Ukrainians in the weeks to come through language help, school support for children, information and advice on living in Poland, employability support, psychological support, and more.
Even if the war ends tomorrow, and we hope it does, displaced Ukrainians will not be able to return home easily. Infrastructure and homes have been severely damaged, and people feel unsafe. This project will empower Ukrainian women both through meeting their immediate needs and helping them to plan for their futures-whether that means having the support they need until it is safe to return to Ukraine, or building a new life for themselves and their children in Poland.