Benefit concert for children in Ukraine provides 4300 euros

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CULEMBORG • The benefit concert ‘Culemborg makes music for Ukraine’, Easter day in Barbarakerk, collected 4300 euros. On Tuesday, the initiator Anthony Zielhorst handed over a – also literally – handsome check to Unicef’s Irene Hardenbol.

Anthony Zielhorst is happy with the result. “Look, I dream myself that the whole church is completely full, and if everyone gives a ten, you have come a long way. There may be five hundred people in this church. When you also see what difficulties the culture has and especially how difficult it is to get the audience into the halls, I think it’s great that we got to draw 250 more in the church here. As an organization within Catholic Culemborg, we are very happy that it was such a success. It gave us all a lot of energy. “

keep going to school

Irene Hardenbol is happy to tell you where the money goes. “Of course, we can not report this very specifically per turnover, but we can report what we do in general. In Ukraine itself, we are trying to ensure that children who are still there can continue to go to school, no matter what. For example, we encourage a lot of online lessons and provide materials if they were not already available. We try, where possible, to keep the teachers going. And in any emergency, whether it is a crisis or a natural disaster, we have agreements with other organizations. And Unicef ​​delivers e.g. clean drinking water. You can imagine that if there is a bombing, it is one of the first concerns. Unicef ​​was already present in Ukraine and we will continue to do so. This is also because Unicef ​​people who work there in a field office are usually from the country itself. About ten percent are from other places, and then it depends on the situation whether they become yes or no. “

“Of course, we also try to keep the vaccinations going, so that the children get the basic care that they always need. When people are on the run, we try to make sure they have at least shelter. And we try to ensure that children can be children again for a while, so we create so-called blue dots, safe places on the run – both inside and outside Ukraine; places where parents can relax and where children can play, just be a kid for a while. They are also looked at medically, and children are registered when they cross the border, because in all sorts of emergencies, people lurk with bad ideas. They could use it for things that children are not meant for. So we try to safeguard children’s rights in those kinds of situations and look at all situations with that perspective and look for solutions. Not only in Ukraine itself, but also in the countries around it, because they are also generally very poor. ”

“Take Moldova. It’s also a country that is super poor, so they have nothing at all,” says Irene Hardenbol. “The people there are also exceptionally hospitable and friendly. But of course they need help with everything they can provide there. So we offer that. Also for kids who come here. We do not give money to situations here, but we draw attention to them. This is how we enter into a dialogue with the municipalities. For example about: if you make a daycare, then make it child-friendly and make sure the kids can go back to school that there is room to play. And make sure – if there is room – that mother, father and children do not all have to be in the same room, because it is very important for children to be a child for a while. Municipalities must, of course, be content with what they have, but in general they listen to UNICEF. We are also trying to train Unicef ​​volunteers to start talking to municipalities. Like: be aware, you are now accepting children from Ukraine, but have you thought about this? And in any case, we are always in discussion with our department, which deals with children’s rights and with the lobby, including politicians. It is a ongoing business and much needed, unfortunately. ”

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