Business as usual? Since Russia's inhumane war of aggression on Ukraine, that's been difficult for all of us - both in our everyday professional lives as well as here on the web. Our thoughts are with the people who are fighting for their lives, for their nation and for their freedom. And yet our communication on professionally relevant content also continues. This is difficult - but paralysis would certainly be the wrong response to Putin's aggression.
To counter the feeling of powerlessness with solidarity and concrete support, a renewed fundraising campaign was launched with our colleagues - and successfully concluded. Roundabout 20,000 euros were collected by employees of the Frankfurt office and the hkp// group. A strong sign of solidarity and an almost therapeutic measure in the face of an event we are all stunned by. The donation will go to the following organizations and initiatives suggested by colleagues:
- EFG Schneeberg: The Evangelical Free Church congregation in Schneeberg (Saxony) started with the delivery of relief supplies to the border with Ukraine. By now, it also offers an extensive range of assistance for refugees on site: from housing to medical and psycholgical help to language courses, childcare and visits to the authorities. Here you can find more information and donation possibilities.
- Kharkiv-Nuremberg Partnership Association: They provide humanitarian aid such as the procurement of medicines, food and hygiene supplies for facilities in the city of Kharkiv. Here you can find more information and donation possibilities.
- Save the Children e.V.: Every war is a war against children. Save the Children's commitment offers refugee children emergency aid as well as protected spaces for trauma processing. Here you can find further information and donation possibilities.
- Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.: Malteser helps the victims of the war in Ukraine, in neighboring countries and in Germany: among other things, through aid transports, providing food, shelter, clothing and blankets as well as medical care to all those seeking protection. Here you can find more information and ways to donate.
Apart from the financial help, an aid delivery, organized by the city of Frankfurt, was also supported by the collection of relief supplies among the staff of two colleagues. At the same time, we called on employees to talk to their teams - not least to share fears or immediate concern among their families and acquaintances.
Only with measures like these and through this explicit expression of the currently prevailing turmoil, between everyday life and state of emergency, is it possible for us to maintain a little normality in these sad times - whether in the office, with our customers or online.
In the hope of peace soon
Your hkp// group