Midsummer and halfway through the year is a good moment to pause and take stock.
💚 Four months into the war in Ukraine, over seven million people have crossed the border to neighbouring countries, and eight million are believed to be displaced within Ukraine.*
In the first few weeks of the war, we supported long-term partners who travelled to the border, helped finance a transit operation taking refugees from the border to friends, families and safe places in neighbouring countries, the creation of a refuge at the Romanian border and the deliveries of prams and baby food packs.
We now have longer-term projects in Czech Republic, where many Ukrainian refugees have found shelter. Through the Caritas centre in Prague and a community centre in Nové Hrady we sponsor food, fuel and a psychologist, along with educational summer camps, to help Ukrainian children to prepare for the coming school year. With art and craft workshops and sport activities, as well as tuition, the centres hope to fill the gap in the children’s education and help them acquire language fluency. As well as covering the cost of the teachers running those camps, we will also finance the children’s lunches.
You can support us right here.
💚 Though we are researching and funding projects in support of Ukrainian refugees, we will not shift our focus away from Greece. The war in Ukraine greatly impacts other refugees and NGOs there. The increase of fuel prices eats into the budgets of NGOs, and that of food (wheat and oil, principally) affects the size of food packs distributed. And most importantly, with the situation in Greece out of the headlines, donations are dwindling fast.
Over the last few weeks, the refugee population on the islands is increasing again. We are in close contact with our partners on the ground, staying informed of the challenges they face and increasing our support where possible. Here are the different projects we support, and here’s how you can help us help Greece!
🌞 In better news…
💚 We are thrilled to announce that renowned classical composer Roxanna Panufnik is joining us as patron!
Roxanna’s music embodies inclusivity, curiosity and respect, building bridges between the different traditions and religions of the world. We could not be more delighted to have such a woman as patron, and are immensely grateful for her support, interest and trust in the work of Three Peas.
Roxanna’s website http://www.roxannapanufnik.com/
💚 Our famous Eel Pie Island Village Disco is back… so save the date and polish those boogie shoes!
💚 🇩🇪 We are also opening a Three Peas sister charity, Three Peas Verein, in Germany. More information to follow soon, once the website is up and running (and we are also updating the British site to match), so watch this space!
💚 Finally, and as always, we are grateful to the many people who support us in so many ways.
💫 You, our private donors and fundraiser organisers, thank you.
💫 To our patrons, Roxanna for coming on board so openheartedly, and Axel who gifted so many of his illustrations (read: time and energy!) to many different auctions over the last months, thank you.
💫 Thank you also to the private hosts of those auctions, as well as the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Macmillan, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt, Nosy Crow and the Deutsche Schule London and its students.
💫 Last but not least, our immense gratitude to the Scholastic Books UK team and their relentless support and bountiful creativity.
Thank you for reading, and may summer be kind to you,
The Three Peas team 💚💚💚
PS: Did you know? If you are member of the National Trust and host to a refugee, they can get a six-month free pass to NT properties. https://twitter.com/nationaltrust/status/1525758391884316674