If the electricity grid fails, you have to rely on generators for power. This allows you to generate electricity, so that lamps burn again, phones can be charged and the water pipe works again. Guido collects generators from Limburg to send to Ukraine.
“That’s the item now, the generators. You hear from everyone there that they have no power.” Guido has many contacts in Ukraine, because he lived there for 27 years for work. When the war broke out, he left for the Netherlands again. Since then he has been helping Stichting De Leeuw Kyiv with everything he can.
The World Health Organization warns that the coming winter “will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine” as the country faces massive damage to its energy supply.
Guido is also very concerned. At night the temperatures are already around freezing point. “People are fighting. They say they will make it this winter, but secretly they know it will be very tough. Especially in areas where there is no electricity at all. I wonder how they are going to do that.”
Take the water pipe, for example, says Guido. “It doesn’t work without electricity. Then the water stands still and with today’s temperatures it freezes to pieces. Then people have to go to a lake or a well, but you have areas where they hardly have it. You also need clean water, so we also arrange water filters for example.”
You can see what it’s like to live without electricity in the report by Olaf Koens below.
The foundation for which Guido is active depends on donations. The official aid organizations in the Netherlands also keep asking people to donate money to Giro 555, so that they can continue to buy stuff. “For example in the form of generators,” says spokesman Tineke Ceelen, “but also in the form of hats, gloves – it’s very cold – jackets, blankets, alternative fuel for heaters and things like that.”
Ukrainians are incredibly grateful, Guido notices. “People send me videos. They show where the aid ends up. And how they now use the generators, for example. People can finally charge their phones again, so that contact with the outside world is possible again.”
Generators of hope
The President of the European Parliament and the Mayor of the Italian city of Florence have launched a European campaign in Strasbourg to donate generators and transformers to Ukraine.
The campaign has been dubbed ‘Generators of Hope’. Cities, towns and regions across Europe are called upon to join in the relief effort. “The EU has shown extraordinary solidarity with the Ukrainians in humanitarian, military and financial terms. Now they need practical help to get through the winter,” said EP President Roberta Metsola.
The generators are needed to keep essential facilities such as hospitals, schools, water supplies, shelters, bomb shelters and telephone masts running in the event of a power failure. The Russian attacks have damaged or destroyed more than half of Ukraine’s electricity network, according to authorities.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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