Unity for Freedom, a non-profit established in 2022, was created and designed to more effectively manage resources and aid for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees following the 2022 invasion and war.
Strategic management from founders, such as Alexander Rekeda, helps ensure essentials are provided to the people of Ukraine in the most effective manner possible and provides a centralized opportunity to assist with urgent needs such as food, shelter, and water as long-term rebuilding efforts.
By providing immediate support and planning for the days after the war, Unity for Freedom is poised to help Ukrainians survive and emerge from the war with the tools needed to fight the long-term effects of living through armed conflict.
Unity for Freedom origins
Within months of the war in Ukraine starting in February 2022, Alexander Rekeda wanted to find a more effective way to gather and distribute aid to the people of Ukraine. After donating to various relief agencies through different channels, he partnered together with a group of friends to form the Unity for Freedom charity to distribute aid at a faster pace and with reduced costs when compared to more considerable charitable funds.
Through the pooling of resources, streamlined management, and the development of on-the-ground connections in Ukraine, Unity for Freedom responds quickly to new hotspots and concerns in the crisis while keeping an eye on sustaining resources and long-term needs.
The battle for Ukrainian Freedom isn’t just about Ukraine. It is a fight for Freedom on a global scale, and the non-profit is helping those on the frontline better withstand the challenges by meeting as many essential needs as possible.
How the non-profit response
Unity for Freedom endeavors to target needs more strategically through daily contact with people in Ukraine who can report on the most urgent needs, assist with the procurement and distribution of supplies, and coordinate services. A more significant focus is placed on providing aid to regions near the front lines of the conflict.
Due to the evolving nature of the war, these needs have varied throughout the past several months, including addressing concerns in rural areas with limited access due to troop movements and assisting in war-torn cities with damaged supply chains preventing access to necessary items.
Tackling the ongoing housing crisis as homes are destroyed by Russian bombs is also a key point of concern. The charity is assisting with local efforts to ensure displaced Ukrainians can secure basic shelter immediately and a more permanent living situation as soon as possible.
Who receives assistance?
Assisting in complex in peaceful times requires careful coordination in a crisis. Alexander Rekeda helps oversee the organization’s day-to-day efforts to ensure individual needs are met efficiently.
The non-profit provides aid to in-country organizations assisting orphans, families split apart by the war, and injured civilians who need medical and psychological care. The most urgent necessities, such as rehabilitation and basic needs, are addressed first, with education and housing serving as a second tier of consideration.
Addressing immediate needs is accomplished through purchasing as many goods and supplies locally as possible to allow for the distribution of food, medical supplies, and other essentials as quickly as possible during any gaps in international aid distribution.
Often, the most effective distribution methods utilize extremely local organizations. Unity for Freedom strives to assist in areas with less response from traditionally massive aid organizations or where residents do not have the resources required to reach a more centralized distribution point for aid.
What about long-term care?
Long-term needs will be managed through the strategic distribution of funds to local projects targeting the needs of the Ukrainian people when rebuilding their lives.
When urgent needs allow, Unity for Freedom’s founders, like Alexander Rekeda, is dedicated to setting funding aside to meet any ongoing conditions and, eventually, assist with the complexities of rebuilding cities, communities, and homes.
In addition to utilizing Rekeda’s expertise, a network of other professionals, including legal advisors and business experts, sit on the board of United for Freedom to ensure the organization’s objectives for long-term needs are met.
Points of consideration will include:
- Distributing necessary supplies, such as building materials.
- Coordinating skilled workers.
- Establishing needs-based criteria to ensure long-term resources are distributed equitably to those most in need.
Also under review is empowering local organizations via monetary donations and other aid forms to help them meet their goals and uplift an entire town or region.
Resources will also be deployed to ensure any educational gaps can be addressed with high-quality learning opportunities for students with interrupted studies. Victory in the war means fighting back against the long-term societal side-effects of armed conflict from day one and for years after the battle concludes.