After the outbreak of the war, many Ukrainian expats in Vienna immediately initiated aid campaigns. One of them is Elena Eller, Head of Category Management Beauty Care CEE. "I am in touch with refugees who made it to a small village in western Ukraine. There, the small school and sports center were converted into a refugee camp, which now houses about 40 women and children."
More rural regions are often overlooked, as many aid deliveries focus on the larger cities. Elena Eller's contact with this village came through a former school mate who had launched a call for help. Together with her colleague Zsuzsanna Szak, General Manager Beauty Care in Budapest, she privately organized donations. Henkel colleagues from Hungary then transported the donations to the Ukrainian border. From there, the relief supplies were delivered to the small Ukrainian village, again privately organized.
Our employees in Poland did not hesitate to offer their help and formed a so-called guardian angel team. In addition to coordinating, accommodating, and picking up Ukrainian colleagues and their families, the team primarily support them when they arrive, to find their way in a foreign country. The volunteer group assist the refugee families in organizing a new life in Poland. Each arriving family is accompanied by a personal "guardian angel".
Opening doors and perspectives in Germany
In Germany, too, there are many Henkel employees who are committed to helping. They organize aid caravans with donations or provide accommodation for refugees. Like Christine Turchetti, who works at the Henkel Fragrance Center in Krefeld. She took in two Ukrainian mothers and their daughters, who are now finding peace and safety for the time being. What motivated Christine Turchetti to open her doors? "My mother often told me that as a child she herself had to flee several times with her family. She could still remember vividly what it was like not knowing where to go or where to stay. My mother would be proud of me for giving her home to people in need," says Christine Turchetti.
These are just a few examples out of many people who provide practical help in these terrible times. They show that we as a society and we as a company with a global responsibility can act quickly and rely on each other, especially in a crisis like this. We stand together and show solidarity, across national borders.