SME SPOLU (meaning WE ARE TOGETHER in Slovak) is a civic association of Ukrainians in Slovakia, which was founded in 2015 in Bratislava. From 2014 to 2015 we worked as volunteers.
Ukraine-Slovakia SOS is a charity fund, which was founded in Ukraine in 2015 to provide humanitarian aid gathered by SME SPOLU in Slovakia.
In September 2014, our volunteers created a Facebook group named UkraineSlovakiaSOS which provides information on current needs as well as support collected and delivered to Ukraine. As a volunteer movement of support to Ukraine it’s been two years since we started to take care of the Ukrainian wounded soldiers who were undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation in Slovakia and Austria. We used to buy medicines and healthcare supplies for the Ukrainian hospitals, collected and shipped clothes, shoes, toys, baby food, hygiene products for the kids of the fallen Ukrainian heroes, children’s homes and internally displaced persons.
Our volunteer activity has resulted in establishment of Charitable Fund “Ukraine – Slovakia SOS” in Ukraine and “SME SPOLU” (English meaning: “We are together”) in Slovakia.
Both organizations are managed by one team. Together we implement the following projects:
In addition to the projects listed above, by direct collection of charitable donations we assist emergency care institutions in war zones. In particular, Ukrainian medical workers in the frontline territories were handed over an ambulance car, a mobile laboratory, a mobile X-ray unit, medicine and dressing material. Similarly, we provide targeted support to the wounded and their families.
This year the Slovak council of “Biela vrana” awarded those that were helping Ukraine and its nation to protect itself from Russian aggression and those that were trying to mitigate the impact of the horrors of the war.
Ukraine-Slovakia SOS/SME SPOLU received the award “Biela vrana-2022” for aiding Ukraine together with the president of Slovakia, other Slovak organizations and volunteers.
In February 2022 Ukraine-Slovakia SOS/SME SPOLU launched new initiatives aimed at helping our countrymen both in Ukraine and in Slovakia on a voluntary basis: