We decided to share more details on our spring charity experience. Redwerk team hopes this little story will encourage you to help, donate or take part in some charity campaign. Cause helping is easy, and there are so many ways to support those in need. Just give it a try.
Charity giving in Ukrainian IT companies: Redwerk’s experience and reflections on the subject.
With IT being among Ukrainian industries with the highest level of income, no wonder we, at Redwerk, once found ourselves thinking about social responsibilities.
You often see people helping kids: patronizing orphanages, sponsoring treatment and medications for sick children, buying clothes and food. But what about the oldest members of our society? What do you feel each time there is a senior begging in the street instead of spending their golden age in decency surrounded by a loving family? Unfortunately, it’s a very common sight in our country. Despite the fact Ukraine is a social state on paper, reality differs. Lone seniors often cannot afford their living from what the state compensates them for decades of hard work. If not for family, one would starve on an average Ukrainian pension of less than $40 a month. But what if there is no family to take care?
Doing our research, we came across the “Let’s Help” charity that specializes in this particular area, helping seniors in state-owned nursing homes. These institutions are often underfinanced with state payments delayed or cut, and generally doing not so well. What built our trust was that they don’t use any part of donations they collect for their own operations. These are paid by their patron organization, the media agency Liga.net. As our first charity project, we put boxes for donations in every Redwerk’s R&D office and then doubled the amount at company’s expense. We’re now proud to say that the initiative gained active support from our team. But we also realize the need to thank our customers from all around the globe: USA, Ireland, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Australia. It’s your business that gave us the means to help seniors in need in our country. You may be Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim or atheist. The only thing that matters here is your will to help.
So, on Easter Day 2017 we visited a house in Rzhyshchiv that takes care of almost a hundred of elderly and disabled people who need support and everyday help. We’ve tried our best to share at least few minutes with every single resident, hold them by the hand, listen to their stories, hear their needs. And now we want to share some of them with you.
Yuriy, 66. Moved here in April, 2017.
Vyacheslav, 47. Resident since 2014.
Mykola, 62. Lives here since 2013.
Maria, 91 has been a nursery home resident since 2014.