RIGA - Thanks to donations made by individuals and companies over the past year, Latvian charity organization Ziedot.lv has provided assistance worth 2.5 million to Ukrainians, the charity's spokeswoman Ilze Osane informed LETA.
Already during the first weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Ziedot.lv set up a Ukrainian refugee center and involved the public in helping the war refugees arriving in Latvia. The largest sum - EUR 1.2 million - was donated by Latvia's people and companies, while the Taipei Mission in Latvia donated EUR 1 million.
EEA–Norway Bilateral Cooperation Fund donated EUR 150,000, Swedbank provided EUR 120,000 and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development donated EUR 100,000. Also, donations of food products, computers and households goods for the Ukrainians totaled EUR 75,493.
At the refugee center set up by Ziedot.lv for the Ukrainian war refugees, assistance has been provided to individuals fleeing the war in Ukraine mainly by providing them with food packs, household goods and money vouchers for buying necessary goods.
Money vouchers, food products, clothes, hygiene products and household goods have been issued to 19,575 refugees and the center has paid medical expenses for 756 people.
A social worker has been assisting the refugees as a mentor, helping them in communication with Latvia's state and municipal authorities. A mentor from Ukraine is also working at the Ziedot.lv refugee center.
At the end of 2022, Ziedot.lv started cooperation with Ukrainian NGO Human Rights Centre ZMINA in the documentation of war crimes and helping to organize interviews with war refugees from Ukraine.