Dear Friends,

First of all, we would like to thank you for responding to our message that we sent when the war in Ukraine broke out and refugees started coming to Poland. We are deeply grateful for your contributions and the kind words you sent us while making the transfers. Your generosity and solidarity gave us strength, especially in those first weeks of extraordinary chaos when we witnessed enormous suffering of the refugees in Warsaw and did not know what to expect.

Initially, as described in our website (, we focused on our personal involvement. We were cooking food and bringing them to Warsaw train stations, which overnight turned into huge shelters for thousands of people. Some of us were also accommodating refugees in our homes. However, soon enough, we realized that the scale of the needs required a more organized action. Thanks to your generosity and those of other friends from all over the world,  we were able to support organizations and collectives that had a better know-how than we did and could respond to the humanitarian crisis in a more effective way.

In total, we received 47 donations and gathered PLN 35.431 (approx. EUR 7.538 EUR / USD 7.702). This was much more than we hoped to raise. We are enormously grateful. You are amazing!

Thanks to your support, we had a sum of USD 500 that was required to obtain a USD 10.000 grant from Americare Foundation. In this way, we doubled the funds that we had at our disposal. We used this money to buy medicines for more than 100 Ukrainian refugees in Poland and to send additional medicines to Kharkiv, which at that time was under siege. We also co-financed the purchase of medicines for approx. 500 non-Ukrainian refugees who were detained in very poor conditions in closed centers.

We decided to spend the remaining funds in as effective way as possible by supporting two local projects:

- First, we donated PLN 4.000 (EUR 850 EUR / USD 869) to the Wandering Women Collective (Kolektyw Kobiety Wędrowne), which is run by refugee women from different parts of the world. The money we gave was spent on meals cooked by the Collective for a total of 800 people in reception centers in Warsaw. We provided our support twice. The second time was all the more significant, as it took place during Pascha, which is the most important Ukrainian holiday.  

- Second, we donated PLN 24.000 (EUR  5.106 EUR / USD 5.217) to the Humanos Foundation, organized by our friends, which runs an accommodation center and provides comprehensive care for refugees under the “Mirny Dom” project ( ). The foundation used our money to accommodate and assist dozens of people fleeing Ukraine for about two months.

Last but not least, we used a small part of your donations to directly buy products and medicines for non-Ukrainian refugees, who have been one of the most vulnerable groups with little chance of receiving state support.

The war in Ukraine is far from over… The state support system has reached the limits of its capacity, while the ordinary people, after almost a year of extraordinary effort, are often exhausted. We too feel the toll of this year and have decided to suspend our fundraising for the time being. We believe that at the moment professional organizations and NGOs are best equipped to provide aid and support to refugees. If you may and want to support refugees in Poland, we recommend you to make a donation to finance the Mirnyj Dom project:

A new year is about to start. We don’t know what it will bring for the refugees. What we do know, however, is that collective initiatives like ours make the life of those in need a little less horrible and a little more bearable. And this makes a real difference.

Sending you lots of love, gratefulness and hope for Peace for all,

Piotr, Mateusz & Marta from Friends for Refugees initiative

Letter from Warsaw, Poland.

Dear Friends and Beloved Ones, 

We are contacting you to write a few words about the current refugee situation in Warsaw, Poland, and ask for your help that is needed right now. 

All around us, people have switched to helping Ukraine. Despite very little help from the government, the aid runs like clockwork owing to the incredible effort of ordinary people and NGOs. The Poles have welcomed close to 3 million refugees (official data as of 20.04: 2 863 000), many of whom are coming to Warsaw. According to the Financial Times, Poland now hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world.  In the days to come, this number may rise up to 1.5 million or even 5 million, according to some predictions. So far, the Polish government has not set up any transit camps for refugees. The burden to accommodate and feed Ukrainians is taken mostly by individuals, local communities, private companies, local authorities and city governments.

We, a group of friends, have decided to join in this general effort. We would like to help refugees arriving from Ukraine distributing food and providing those in need with essential medicines. We have seen first-hand that this is what the refugees need when bewildered, tired, and hungry, they arrive at train stations or when they stay at local shelters. There are various organizations and ordinary people working round-the-clock to assist those arriving from Ukraine, but the needs are enormous and every pair of hands makes the difference.
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Our personal resources are limited but with your help, we will be able to feed and equip more people and for a longer period. This is why we would like to ask you to make a contribution to support our activity. We cannot predict the amount needed as there are more hungry people coming every day. If the war ends tomorrow, we will transfer the remaining funds to a trusted Polish humanitarian NGO such as the Ocalenie Foundation.

For the sake of transparency, we do not want to collect funds on our personal accounts. One of us, Piotr, has agreed to provide for this purpose the bank account of the foundation he runs, ‘Phan Bde’ ("doing good" in Tibetan language). We have set up a transparent system of recording expenses which allows each undersigned member of the group to see and check each spending we make. We are involved in the project as volunteers and do not receive any remuneration. All the money raised will be used directly to help people in need.

If you can, please support us by sending funds:



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Helping a few persons might not change the world, but it could change the world of those that we help.

Thank you, 
Alicja, Ewa, Gaweł, Maciej, Marta, Mateusz, Patrycja, Piotr, Tomasz, Weronika - check here who we are!