CULEMBORG • Collect the concert “Culemborg makes music for Ukraine”, on Easter Monday in Barbarakerk, 4300 euros. On Tuesday, initiator Anthony Zellhurst – also verbatim – handed a huge check to UNICEF’s Erin Hardenbull.
Anthony Seilhurst is happy with the proceeds. “Look, I myself dream that the whole church is completely full, and if everyone gives ten, then I have come a long way. There can be five hundred people in this church. At the same time, when you see the difficulties of culture and especially how difficult it is to attract the masses into the halls, I think it’s great that we were able to attract an additional 250 people to the church here. We as an organization within Catholic Culemborg are very happy that it was such a success. It gave us all so much energy.”
Keep going to school
Erin Hardenbull loves to tell you where the money goes. “We can’t report that specifically to each returnee, of course, but we can report what we do in general. In Ukraine itself we try to ensure that the children who are still there can continue to go to school in any way. For example, we encourage a lot of Lessons are online and we provide materials if they are not already available. We try, wherever possible, to keep teachers going. In every emergency, whether it is a crisis or a natural disaster, we have agreements with other organizations. UNICEF provides clean drinking water, for example You can imagine that if there is bombing, that is one of the first concerns. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was already in Ukraine and we will continue to do so. This is also because the UNICEF staff who work there in a field office are usually from the same country. About Ten percent from other places and then it depends on the situation whether they stay with yes or no.”
“Of course we also try to keep the vaccinations going so the kids get the basic care they should always receive. If people are fleeing, we try to at least arrange for them shelter. And we try to get the kids to be kids again for a while, so we make so-called blue dots and places Safe on escape routes – in and out of Ukraine Places where parents can relax and where children can play, just be a kid for a while.They are also medically examined and children are registered when they cross the border, because in all kinds of emergencies people lurk with bad thoughts. They can use it for things that are not intended for children. So we try to support children’s rights in these kinds of situations and we look at all situations from that perspective and look for solutions. Not only in Ukraine itself, but also in the countries around it, because they are also very poor in general.”
“Take Moldova. This is also a very poor country, so they have absolutely nothing,” says Erin Hardenbull. “The people there are also exceptionally hospitable and friendly. But of course they need help with whatever they can offer there. So we provide that. Also for children who come here. We do not give money to the positions here, but we draw attention to them. This is how we enter into discussions with the municipalities. For example about: If you create a childcare site, make it child friendly and make sure that children can go back to school, and that there is space to play. And make sure – if there is a place – that mom, dad and kids aren’t all in the same room, because it’s very important for kids to be a kid for a while. Municipalities of course have to do what they have, but in general they listen to UNICEF. We are also trying to train UNICEF volunteers to start talking to municipalities. Like: Pay attention, now you are taking children from Ukraine, but have you thought about this? And in any case, we are always in discussion with our department dealing with children’s rights and with the lobby, as well as politics. This Ongoing business And badly needed, unfortunately. “