Humanitarian aid to Ukraine on UT campus

| Michaela Nesvarova

Ukrainian students and employees at the University of Twente started a campaign to help people affected by the war in their home country. They organized collection points in Enschede, including one on the UT campus, where people can bring needed items that will be sent to Ukraine.

Photo from the general collection point in Enschede

A group of UT staff and students are collaborating with local organizations in Twente to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. They have already organized a general collection point at Getfertsingel 45 in Enschede, which is now open every day from 10AM until 8PM. As of tomorrow, there will also be a collection point available directly on the UT campus.

‘Starting this Thursday, 3 March, there will be a collection point next to Logica building on UT campus  at Oude Horstlindeweg,’ informs UT aid coordinator Oleksandr Mialyk. ‘The working times will be Monday-Friday at 12:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00. Please note that this point is dedicated only for small items both in quantity and volume. If you have large ones, please bring them to the general collection point in Enschede. This would simplify the logistics.’

where to donate

If you’d like to contribute to the humanitarian aid for Ukraine, you can bring needed items to the campus (Oude Horstlindeweg) or to the collection point in Enschede (Getfertsingel 45). Things currently collected are, for example, dried and canned food, clothes, hygiene products and medicine. You can find the full list of most needed items here.

For more information on how you could help, visit this website.

‘We want to help as much as possible,’ says UT PhD candidate Daria Nemashkalo. ‘We wanted to include the UT because there are a lot of people and a lot of resources here. We get many messages about how people could help, and so we decided to organize one central point. However, for people at the UT it might also be easier to bring items directly to the campus.’

Nemashkalo comes from Mariupol, one of the Ukrainian areas heavily impacted by the war. ‘At the current moment, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are left with no choice but to leave their homes,’ she shares. ‘Everyone who is left is hiding from Russian missiles underground trying to survive sometimes without access to basic essentials like water, bread, and electricity. At the same time, we here are still capable of enjoying the fresh air, the warmth of our houses, and the ability to go outside without saying “goodbye” for good, just in case. Therefore, we and our international friends have started a campaign to help the Ukrainian people by collecting and sending humanitarian aid.’


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