is a part of the project “Creation of Ukrainian community centers for supporting education, integration and protection of Ukrainians who received temporary protection in Slovakia”, which SME SPOLU implements in cooperation with UNICEF and with support from Cambridge International School in Bratislava.
The school came into existence in April 2022 in cooperation with the Ukrainian Sunday School in Bratislava. On a voluntary basis Ukrainian teachers with temporary protection status started teaching Ukrainian students, who were forced to leave their home and studies in Ukraine, in accordance with the Ukrainian curriculum.
For the first time in many years the Ukrainian community in Slovakia has its own premises in Bratislava – the Ukrainian and Slovak House.
Thanks to the government of Bratislava-Nové Mesto, from April 2022 the Ukrainian and Slovak House has become a space to bring together the Ukrainian community in Bratislava and a place where Ukrainians affected by the war could receive help.
First and foremost, people who were traumatized by the war and were forced in difficult conditions are given professional psychological assistance.
The activities in the Ukrainian and Slovak House are supported by the Magistrate of the City of Bratislava, UNICEF and UNHCR.
One of the main areas of activity of Ukraine-Slovakia SOS / SME SPOLU is informational support of Ukrainians that were forced to leave their homes and found shelter in Slovakia.
From the first days of the war our organization has been providing timely and relevant information in the Facebook group Українці в Словаччині / Ukrajinci na Slovensku, which ranged from the border crossing rules and registration of the temporary protection status to the doctor’s recommendations.
Social media made it possible for refugees in the most remote corners of the country to quickly get answers to questions important for them, share their experience and support each other.
Starting from February 24 2022 Ukraine-Slovakia SOS/SME SPOLU sent 22 trucks with humanitarian aid (20 tons each) from Slovakia to Ukraine. It was transmitted to 18 regions of Ukraine, among which were Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Okhtyrka and other regions and frontline zones. All this activity – including administrative and logistic aspects of it – is carried out on a voluntary basis.