“The calls and texts started early, asking for power supplies and tools to repair motors,” said Katia Ryzha, who lives and works in Ivano-Frankivsk, a small town in western Ukraine.
Since the start of the war, Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines have requested tools and other hard-to-find items from friends and colleagues across the country. “Our team coordinated the cleaning of garages, basements and tool sheds, as most of these supplies are difficult or impossible to find in Ukraine right now,” Katia explained.
Katia is the head of the project management and delivery department of the American technology company Softjourn, which has an R&D office and many employees in western Ukraine. Although we were shocked when the war started, our team managed to unite their efforts and organize their support to ensure the safety of our colleagues and their families.
Our team, along with the largest tech community in Ukraine, has been united to help the war effort. This includes joining the Ukrainian IT Army, planning trips to resupply soldiers on the front lines, and donating money and military equipment to the army.
Katia says that while volunteering is important to the war effort, fighting on the economic front is even more essential.
Sergiy Fitsak, co-founder and managing director of Softjourn, said: “By working, we are helping to fuel the war effort. Every dollar we earn helps strengthen Ukraine’s economy at a time when it’s critical to fund military efforts, provide humanitarian aid to those most affected, protect our communities, feed and care for our families. and our neighbours.
For Katia and many of our colleagues living in Ukraine, working has become an act of resistance. Along the same lines, when companies choose to license products made in the country or work with consultancy firms that may have some or all of their teams there, they are feeding the economy. , which guarantees the future of Ukraine.
As members of the global technology community, we are uniquely positioned to help at this critical juncture. Here are three ways to participate:
Continue to look to Ukraine for your IT and technology needs
Before the war, Ukraine was home to a $6.8 billion tech industry, according to the IT Ukraine Association. While some businesses have had to shut down or temporarily suspend operations, many are still in business and even growing.