Joanna Radziwiłł’s ‘OPIEKUŃCZE SKRZYDŁA’ (Caring Wings) Foundation has for 6 years been helping Polish children from families in crisis. Independently Joanna Radziwiłł has been working with children as a psychologist for more than 25 years.
The Foundation has 3 respite homes, one in Warsaw, one in Kamionka near Lublin and one in Milanowek – 40km outside Warsaw. At these homes children in need are provided a ‘family setting’ – a home they can come to where they can eat, relax and do their homework. The homes are staffed with teams of educators, teachers and psychologists, of whom 15 % are volunteers. The children’s emotional and educational issues are dealt with. Evening, weekend and holiday activities are arranged for the children. The Foundation works with the children’s parents, assisting in complex issues; family challenges; in finding housing; and legal matters.
The houses are funded 15% through Polish government support and 85% through donations. We are a Polish registered charity, registration number KRS: 0000 630 706, NIP: 521-37-43-928, and are audited by the Polish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.
On the photo Founder of the Foundation – Joanna Radziwiłł with children
The Ukraine war has bought tragedy to millions of defenseless people. Every day, traumatized Ukrainian families – and especially women with children, arrive in Poland and require help. To date around 3,4m refuges have arrived in Poland. The hotel next to our Warsaw Foundation home is filled with Ukrainian families – mainly mothers and children. Hotel costs are currently being met by the local Warsaw council, however, these families require more than just housing.
With your support, we would like to provide aid to Ukrainian refugee children and their families
We will capitalize on our experience of working with children – and their families. Our goal is to help Ukrainian mothers and children to assimilate in Warsaw and to rebuild their shattered lives.
On the photo foundation team with Ukrainian families
WARSAW, MILANOWEK, KAMIONKA: CARE FOR CHILDREN FROM UKRAINE AT HOUSES
Children from Ukraine are provided with permanent everyday care in our three houses. So far we were provide respite care to 62 children and now we have add 15 Ukrainian children. Our target is to bring a maximum of 15 children from Ukraine to each of the homes. We want to limit the number of children on purpose, to ensure that we are able to provide long term care and continuity in support of their upbringing.
We organize activities for children aged 7-12. Our objective is to ensure that the children attend school. We organize meetings-activities for children, ultimately, every day from Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. We operate as a family home, so during those hours the children learn Polish, do homework, eat dinner, go to the cinema, theater and other places interesting and stimulating for children.
On the photos, children from Ukraine during the activities
WARSAW: SATURDAY CAFES FOR UKRAINIAN FAMILIES
Since March, at our house at Omulewska Street in Warsaw we have been hosting Saturday cafes. Every week, from 10 am to 1 pm, Ukrainian families visit us, treating themselves to homemade cakes, waffles, tasty tea and aromatic coffee – provided by Starbucks. In a separate room, we show Ukrainian children’s programs, and have a play corner for children, and when the weather is good, we play in our garden. The Ukrainian families who visit us can count on our help in organizing their life in Poland – we help with finding accommodation, social security registration, bank accounts, Polish lessons, in dealing with paperwork etc. Our local teams and many volunteers are involved in these activities.
Photos from the meetings on Saturday with children, mothers and grandmothers
WARSAW: POLISH CLASSES FOR PEOPLE FROM UKRAINE
We organize Polish language classes for people from Ukraine. Currently we offer classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
On the photos people from Ukraine during classes
WARSAW: TOURS FOR PEOPLE FROM UKRAINE
We assist families in understanding what is available to them in Warsaw, and in Poland – we arrange tours for them in the areas they live in, we show them what services are available to them, including placement of children in schools and also work opportunities for adult family members.
WARSAW, MILANOWEK: RENOVATION HOUSES FOR UKRAINIAN FAMILIES
We are increasing our accommodation capacity – we have completed renovation of a house in Milanówek, and our house in Warsaw is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and expansion.
Photos of the apartment for renovation in Warsaw
Photos from Milanówek before renovation
Photos from Milanówek after renovation
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: Our current plans are driven by our funding possibilities – but the sky is the limit.
With your support, we will quickly be able to scale up to provide more services to Ukrainian children and families in need.
Thank you for your interest!
Foundation Caring Wings
TRANSFER NAME: HELP CHILDREN FROM UKRAINE
PLN account number: 74 2490 0005 0000 4600 2386 2549
All other currencies account number: 76 2490 0005 0000 4600 7451 3682 BIC / SWIFT: ALBPPLPW
For further information, please contact Katarzyna Muszynska: +48 662 992 509 firstname.lastname@example.org