Today numbers 210 days of war in Ukraine. A horrifying number that represents an unmeasurable amount of human suffering. Today also numbers 202 days of LifeLine Ukraine. A number that represents a measurable amount of help that a small group of people has provided to Ukrainians in hard-to-reach areas in Ukraine.

In these 200 days we have sent 27 trucks with 891¬†pallets with medicine, medical equipment, food, hygienic products, mattresses, and water containers to Eastern Ukraine. Over 3 million euros worth of our humanitarian aid was distributed through 14 locations in Ukraine with the help of 20 local Ukrainian organizations (see also our scorecard below). 3 […]

Duyfken (Little Dove). What a great suprise it was when Jasper and Marloes wrote to me to say that for the entire summer they rented out their beautifull bed&breakfast on their houseboat in the heart of Amsterdam with the aim to donate the proceeds to LifeLine Ukraine! It is heartwarming when people think of a way to offer their help to Ukrainians in need. Their houseboat is aptly named Duyfken (little dove) because this particular houseboat became a peace dove for Ukraine. Thank you Marloes en Jasper!

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Why Ukrainian women-owned businesses make perfect sense. In this screenshot we are discussing our pipeline of Ukrainian women-owned SMEs that we are supporting with LifeLine Ukraine and Women In (WIN). The reasons to focus on women-owned SMEs in Ukraine are various. Men join the army more frequently than women. Women are often more resilient, conscientious, loyal, and long-term oriented than men. My 28 years in Eastern Europe simply show that women are often a better bet than men. And they are better borrowers than men.

With LifeLine Ukraine we provide aid to Ukraine on 3 levels: Day-to-day help through the supply of daily consumables; Medium-term help through the supply of goods for long-term use; Practical solutions aimed at boosting women-owned Ukrainian SMEs, through EU market access, business-matching/-development/-mentoring, micro-financing, equipment supplies. Recent reserach showed that women are indeed better microfinance borrowers […]

Helping women-owned SMEs in Ukraine! One of our 5 projects: Aroma Fields!

With LifeLine Ukraine we provide aid to Ukraine on 3 levels: Day-to-day help through the supply of daily consumables; Medium-term help through the supply of goods for long-term use; Practical solutions aimed at boosting women-owned Ukrainian SMEs, through EU market access, business-matching/-development/-mentoring, micro-financing, equipment supplies. Aroma Fields produces essential oils and natural cosmetics based on […]

Truck 26. During these 6 months of war, with a small group of 334 friends, and 27 companies, we managed to deliver 2.8 million EURO of humanitarian aid into hard -to reach-areas in Ukraine.

Aid that was delivered directly into the hands of refugees, victims, elderly, handicapped and immobile people, to hospitals and Ukrainian NGOs and small women-owned businesses. Aid that was delivered on a completely voluntary basis with zero fixed overhead cost.¬† In the last 6 months I have spent most of my time in Ukraine creating and […]