Support for refugees with SCI

We are helping!

More than 9 million people are fleeing from war. Among them are many people with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable.

A network of European self-help organisations and medical societies for Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) from 28 countries

Shelter and support for SCI

Within the European aid project „Ukrainian SCI Relief“ the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation (ESCIF), with the support of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPF) and German Spinal Injuries Association (FGQ), are running a safe-house for refugees with disabilities from Ukraine. Our main focus is on people with a paraplegia, who need vital support in dealing with this disability, and in many cases medical, nursing and therapeutic support. The safe-house is located approx. 30 km from the Ukrainian border in the Polish town of Cyców and offers accommodation for people with a chronic Spinal Cord Injury and accompanying persons. The facility is organized by ESCIF with logistical and financial support from the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPF) and the German Spinal Injuries Association (FGQ). It serves as a stopover before onward transport to other European countries is organised. After initial care, the refugees with disabilities are transported to safe locations with the support of a network of European aid organisations.

In addition to the operation of the SAFE HOUSE by healthcare professionals and disabled volunteers, a Europe-wide network provides further transport and accessible accommodation. As part of the initial six-month support, ESCIF plans to evacuate at least 200 people with a Spinal Cord Injury and provide them with permanent accommodation until it is possible to return to Ukraine under safe conditions and with a functioning supply situation. Furthermore, we support the supply of people with paraplegia in Ukraine with medical aids, clothing and food from our Polish location.
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Aims

  • Give wheelchair users – with a focus on SCI – and their families a place to go and take a 3-10 day rest before they are transferred to their final destination.
  • First assessment by specialized personnel which is able to address minor medical needs.
  • Search for suitable accommodation and co-ordination of onward transport by ESCIF, SPS and FGQ networks.
  • Supply with medical aids, wheelchairs and cushions.
  • The safe-house offers assistance and information and refers to specialized SCI centers if necessary.

Blog

So far, more than 200 people with a Spinal Cord Injury, wheelchair users and travel companions have been evacuated. Meet some of the refugees in our blog.

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How can I help?

Please support this crucial project!


The cost for the aid project is estimated at 284,000 Euro for the projected period of six months. 220,000 Euro have been donated so far. A donation of 60 Euro already covers the pro-rata fuel costs for the transport of one person from Poland to Germany, 115 Euros covers the average monthly need for medical aids for a Spinal Cord Injured person in Ukraine. Ukrainian SCI Relief is an aid project fully organized by volunteers. 100% of your donations go towards the expenses of the safe house and transports, there is zero overhead or administrative cost.

Organisers

ESCIF

The European Spinal Cord Injured Federation (ESCIF) is the umbrella organisation of 32 Spinal Cord Injury self-help organizations in 28 European countries. The vision of the Federation is to improve the quality of life of people living with a Spinal Cord Injury in all parts of Europe. The focus of ESCIF’s work is to exchange information, experience, knowledge and to establish best practice in rehabilitation. This is mainly done by organising a yearly congress which facilitates exchange about latest scientific developments and member organisations initiatives. Since 2019 ESCIF Help Alliance is also providing direct support to member organisations and to people living with Spinal Cord Injury. This important initiative is being supported by a large number of sponsors and foundations.

SPG

The Swiss Paraplegic Group (SPG) is a unique service network for the holistic rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injured – starting at the site of the accident or at the time diagnosis, offering help and support throughout life. The SPG covers four service areas: solidarity, medicine, education, research & innovation as well as integration and lifelong support.

FGQ

The Fördergemeinschaft der Querschnittgelähmten in Deutschland e.V. (German Spinal Injuries Association), short FGQ, is a non-profit association that provides information about spinal paralysis and its consequences, advises those affected and their relatives, develops concepts to improve the living situation of people with spinal paralysis, promotes corresponding projects and actively helps in individual cases. FGQ is a network of Spinal Cord Injured and relatives, experts and a large community of supporters.

Supporters

Donations

The cost of the aid project is estimated at 284,000 Euro for a six-month period. 220,000 Euro have already been covered by donations. Your donation will help to further run the safe-house in the coming months, to provide assistance, food and transport for the disabled refugees.

220,000 € of 284,000 € already achieved
220,000 Euro 77%

Every donation helps!

A donation of just 60 Euros covers the pro-rata fuel costs for the transport of one person from e.g. Poland to Germany, 115 Euros the average monthly need for aids for a paraplegic in the Ukraine.

IBAN: DE21 6729 1700 0028 2344 06 | BIC: GENODE61NGD | Purpose: "Ukraine"

Further support

  • refundrebel GmbH
  • Holzwerkstätte Unkel
  • Erbatech GmbH
  • Stadt-Apotheke Krautheim
  • Neue Apotheke Saarbrücken
  • Heidelberger Marathon
  • Familie Esser
  • Printencup
  • LVampNRW e.V.
  • Sandra Sieberichs
  • Deborah Beckmann
  • Dagmar Grüter
  • Barbara Taiber
  • Simone Kues
  • Bernhard Plath
  • Mandy Kretschmer
  • David Lebuser
  • Peter & Dunja Reichert
  • Martin Tronich
  • Joachim Schäck
  • Stefanie Wagner
  • Musikkapelle Laibach
  • Landfrauen Laibach
  • Rainer Maas
  • Katrin Degenhardt
  • Elisabeth Wittmann
  • Christa Clasen
  • Siegrun Rock
  • Tanja Buia
  • comewithus2
  • Gabriele Schulze
  • Richard Lenkiewicz
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Further support

  • refundrebel GmbH
  • Holzwerkstätte Unkel
  • Erbatech GmbH
  • Stadt-Apotheke Krautheim
  • Neue Apotheke Saarbrücken
  • Heidelberger Marathon
  • Familie Esser
  • Printencup
  • LVampNRW e.V.
  • Sandra Sieberichs
  • Deborah Beckmann
  • Dagmar Grüter
  • Barbara Taiber
  • Simone Kues
  • Bernhard Plath
  • Mandy Kretschmer
  • David Lebuser
  • Peter & Dunja Reichert
  • Martin Tronich
  • Joachim Schäck
  • Stefanie Wagner
  • Musikkapelle Laibach
  • Landfrauen Laibach
  • Rainer Maas
  • Katrin Degenhardt
  • Elisabeth Wittmann
  • Christa Clasen
  • Siegrun Rock
  • Tanja Buia
  • comewithus2
  • Gabriele Schulze
  • Richard Lenkiewicz
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