Collection of laptops or messages to compatriots. ECCB and Diaconia ECCB continue to support people affected by the war in Ukraine.
A number of families from Ukraine have found refuge in the congregations of the Church. In addition to housing and providing the basic necessities of life, we focus on assisting them in getting jobs or placing their children in schools. Community life is also important. In many places Ukrainians participate in congregational life and Sunday services. Most recently, we have prepared bilingual prayers and other liturgical texts for these occasions.
People from Ukraine (in the vast majority of cases women and children) do not move to us in a planned way. They left their homes in a rush and stress, taking only the basic necessities for the journey. After their arrival and accommodation, they urgently need an internet connection to home. That's why we have been lending them laptops for a long time, and we announced a collection for this purpose at the beginning of the war. We have already collected hundreds of them, some of which have been donated directly by Siemens through our Diaconia. Thank you all very much!
ECCB has several congregations and villages in Ukraine. We are in contact with them and send them words of encouragement or photos through the web form "Messages to compatriots". Here is an excerpt from a letter from one of our congregations:
Dear friends in Ukraine,
We greet you warmly from our congregation. We remember how you were with us, so we experience the war in Ukraine strongly and personally. We are all very sorry, angry and ashamed. We are sorry that we did not warn more against Putin before and that even now we are not able to help more than offering accommodation or a ride from the border, than praying and sending money. We are trying to do this through the church headquarters, but if you need direct help in your village or help for someone in the cities where there is already fighting, be sure to contact us directly, we will respond quickly. We are thinking of you and praying for you every day.
All information in English is summarized at www.e-cirkev.cz/en/ukraine