Homo Faber Association
Feminist EmPOWERment Grant:
Comprehensive support for women and children fleeing war in Ukraine.
“Thanks to the support of the City Hall in Lublin, we work at the Cultural Centre in Lublin. That’s where the emergency headquarters is located.”
About the Group
Homo Faber was founded in 2004 so that every human being can fully exercise their rights, feel free and safe. The association supports persons belonging to minorities and their integration processes, conducts anti-discrimination and human rights education. In the autumn of 2021, Homo Faber helped people on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Homo Faber, together with other Lublin institutions, the City Hall, NGOs, and volunteers, established the Lublin Social Assistance Committee for Ukraine. Crisis staff and about a dozen working teams have been activated.
“An intervention hostel is planned, including interventions related to violence against women, which we are already hearing about. There are also situations where women come with their children to Poland despite their families, situations of sexual violence, human trafficking.”
About the action
Current activities of the Association include, among others, running an information point and helpline, combined with training and psychological support for the persons working in it, coordination of volunteering for refugees, food support, medical and living assistance, organizing translations. An important area of activities is also legal and psychological support, as well as animation and care activities for the youngest refugees.
The funds from the Feminist EmPOWERment Grant will be used primarily to support refugees (including mothers with children) and the children themselves. The knowledge and diagnosis of Homo Faber shows that a large part of refugees will stay in Poland and needs help in settling here and finding work in accordance with their competences and education. This requires intensive Polish language courses, development support (women’s circles, support groups, competency training), but at the same time – providing care for children and minors. In many cases, this determines the participation of women in activities directed at them. We support and integrate women, and at the same time – we raise the competences of children who will start education in the Polish school in the autumn.
Grant amount: PLN 80,000
Photo Homo Faber /own materials