What has happened in Ukraine?

Crimea

Crimea is originally a Ukrainian sovereign area, which 8 years ago, Russia annexed. Russia also invaded the Donbas region of Ukraine. Since then, Russia has applied continued pressure to destabilize and intimidate Ukraine.

Invasion

On February 24th, Russia commenced its large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Putin used airforce, artillery and rockets. Various cities have been heavily bombed, war crimes committed and fighting has been taking place across the entire country.

Help

The war in Ukraine has resulted in civilian casualties and a complete disruption of Ukrainian society. Already several million people have fled the country and this number is growing daily. These people need help and protection.

Project in Haarlem

Who are we

Rasom means “together” in Ukrainian. In February 2022, RASOM started as a large-scale fundraising initiative for Ukraine, initiated by our founder, Dutch-Ukrainian Anna Roelofs-Ivanchenko, in response to the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Since then, the foundation has evolved from a fundraising effort into a vibrant social hub.
At our current location in the center of Haarlem, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for Ukrainian refugees from the Haarlem region, facilitating their successful integration into their new surroundings. We organize a wide array of activities: from language courses and creative activities to mental support, practical aid and informational seminars. Most of all, we provide a warm and welcoming environment in which our hundreds of visitors feel at home and supported.
Simultaneously, we actively seek connections with local Haarlem volunteers, residents, other aid organizations, and local businesses, organizing events for the entire local community.

 

What can you do to help?

As a volunteer

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with activities and events, operational support, to teach (language) classes, etc. If you are interested in getting involved, please send an e-mail to info@rasom.nl

By donating

You can also make a donation to support our activities. In the past period, we have sent many trucks full of donations to impacted communities in Ukraine.
At this moment, due to new regulations in Ukraine, we can only accept donations in cash. We will use these donations to provide emergency support in Ukraine and to support our activities for Ukrainian refugees in the Haarlem region. Donations can be made via our GoFundMe, a reliable crowdfunding site and/or Rasom organization official bank account NL92TRIO0320508692.

As a partner

We are always looking for partners. We work with many likeminded NGOs and companies. Whether you are looking for an organization to support with volunteer activities, to donate funds to or to partner with on activities; we would like to hear from you! You can contact RASOM via info@rasom.nl

Our team

Our team consists of a group of volunteers, who work every day to ensure a smooth operation.

Location

Where can you find us?

From the 6st of February until March 2024 we will be located at the Anna & Maria-church; close to the Haarlem NS-station and Kenaupark. At the end of the Nieuwe Gracht, take the white bridge to Kinderhuissingel 76. You can reach the location by bike or foot, but also by car, although parking is a challenge due to fees in the area.
We will have our regular activities & Food give-aways on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Only language lessons will take place on Tuesday or Fridays.
Due to our temporary move, we will be unable to receive clothing or bigger donations until we move to our permanent location in April 2024.

You can find us here.

Frequently asked questions

How can I help?

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with activities and events, provide operational support, teach (language) classes, etc. If you are interested in getting involved, please send an e-mail to info@rasom.nl

What donations do we need?

At this moment, due to new regulations in Ukraine, we can only accept donations in cash. We will use these donations to provide emergency support in Ukraine and to support our activities for Ukrainian refugees in the Haarlem region. Donations can be made via our GoFundMe, a reliable crowdfunding site and/or Rasom organization official bank account NL92TRIO0320508692.

I represent an organization that would like to collaborate with RASOM. How can I get in touch?

We are always looking for partners! You can contact RASOM via info@rasom.nl.

Where can I find an overview of your activities?

We post a weekly activity calendar on Instagram. Follow us to stay up to date!

How long will you continue doing this?

As long as necessary.

Where can I find more information?

The website of the municipality of Haarlem: Haarlem helpt Oekraïne.

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