We are big enough to make an impact while being small and flexible enough to pay attention to the human dimension, from full trucks with aid to a village, to small specific aid for a small NGO or refugee camp.
We can react immediately to the changing circumstances inherent to a country at war.
We are active in the field in Eastern Ukraine.
We cooperate efficiently with other small and large aid organizations like People4People, Help Oekraïne, and the Logistic Cluster of the World Food Program.
LifeLine learnings from the field
Needs are changing continuously, requiring continuous communication with beneficiaries in the field.
Fuel and logistics crisis in Ukraine creates bottlenecks in transport inside Ukraine.
Effective and compliant last-mile delivery requires continuous oversight, management, and communication.
It is not just the material value of our aid that counts. We see that the attention and care that our aid implies is also very important to war-traumatized Ukrainians.
It is easiest and most effective to work with Ukrainian organisations who have direct exposure to those in need. Examples are local Red Cross organizations, civil humanitarian initiatives, small town and village administrations.
Ukrainians are increasingly worried about the answer to the question: “What’s next?”. With autumn and winter approaching, the need for medium to long-term solutions for livelihoods and shelter is becoming urgent.
WE SEND AT LEAST ONE TRUCK WITH HUMANITARIAN AID PER WEEK TO CITIES AND VILLAGES IN UKRAINE
EVERY TRUCK COSTS AROUND €65.000: €3.000 FOR TRANSPORT AND THE REST TO PURCHASE THE GOODS. FOR EVERY EURO OF GOODS PURCHASED WE RECEIVED 3.6 EURO OF IN KIND DONATIONS. PURCHASE ARE DONE AT COST PRICE FROM OUR PARTNERS.
Jeroen has been living and working in Russia since 1994. He is the founder of www.thelighthousegroup.com, a group of companies active in Russian and Ukraine. When the war started, he decided to apply his skills, network, and knowledge of the area to providing humanitarian aid to those most in need, in the affected and hard-to-reach areas in Ukraine. On the 4th of March of 2022, Jeroen called his friends in the Netherlands and brought them together to send the first truck to Mikolaiv. This is how LifeLine Ukraine was started on the 4th of March.
ANDREY SOROKOVIKOV – Co-founder LLU
Andrey is the owner of the engineering plastics producer www.iqcomposite.com. Andrey comes from Mikolayev, one of the conflict zones to the east of Odessa in Ukraine. Andrey supported us during the first months of LifeLine Ukraine, and has since returned to managing his business in the hope it will survive the war.
THE MARA FOUNDATION
The Mara Foundation (www.stichtingmara.nl) is a Dutch charitable institution, with ANBI status, that was established 30 years ago to supply aid during the Yugoslav war. The Mara Foundation plays an important role as the administrator of the donations made to LifeLine Ukraine. Payments by donors to LifeLine Ukraine are received on the bank account and administered by Mara. Payments to suppliers are made by Mara on the individual requests of LifeLine Ukraine. This ensures a full separation of the activities of LifeLine Ukraine on one hand and the finances held by Mara on the other hand.
Alexander Ryabokon – General Manager LLU UA
Alexander is Ukrainian born and lives in Kyiv with his wife and two small kids. Having substantial experience in brand managing, logistics, B2B sales, export, account managing, joined the LLU team from the beginning of May to assist with everyday operational work and quickly developed himself as a General Manager of the Ukrainian organization of LifeLine Ukraine.
Snizhana Polianska – External Relations Director LLU UA
Snizhana is based in Kiev in Ukraine and has been active as a volunteer manager since 2014. Snizhana joined the LLU team in May. She brings not only her extensive network of NGOs, volunteer organizations and government connections, but also her deep knowledge of, and experience with running humanitarian aid projects in Ukraine.
Sylivia van den Brink – External Relations Director LLU EU
Sylvia van den Brink is responsible for logistics, key relations, donors, and communication. Sylvia lived in four different continents, giving her profound international experience. She has been active with her own Congolese educational non-for-profit organization for the last 15 years.