“Kolping’s Case” has been operating in Ukraine for over twenty years. Its activity began in Chernivtsi. Gradually, branches appeared in different cities. After the full-scale invasion, the directions of work have changed: if humanitarian aid was isolated – once a year, every two years, now it is given more attention. The Third Age Educational University is now weaving camouflage nets and kikimoras for snipers and scouts. They focused on the study of psychology: they began to teach people how to deal with trauma – these are the demands of war.
“Kolping’s Case” has been helping displaced people since 2014, mainly in their socialization. Now they had to take up shelter for IDPs. In the beginning, the immigrants settled near the Church of the Heart of Jesus. Priest Stanislav Smolchevskyi headed the activities. Already on the third day of the invasion, the people of Kolping established a social kitchen for the displaced. Every month, 10,000 euros are needed for this. Lunches are sent for soldiers who are being treated in the hospital – they need additional food during rehabilitation. Some of them are taken to the city center for displaced people, to the tuberculosis center. This is more than 500 servings every day. More than 320,000 dinners were prepared in two years. 23 permanent employees are needed to ensure such a volume. They have only nine. They are really in need of helpers.
One of the areas of work is helping doctors. They were given alternating current generators capable of keeping hospitals running during the longest blackouts. They brought a keratograph — a device for examining the eye, a dental chair, a refrigerator for storing medicines, an ambulance for the hospital for war veterans. According to the statute, “The Kolping’s Case” does not have the right to deal with weapons, but they support Armed Forces of Ukraine with generators, warm clothes, and food.
Time tells how to act. “Kolping’s case” is an everyday inconspicuous work that we do not notice every day, that does not appear in the press releases of the authorities, but which has been thanked for more than a hundred years in the world.