Guests from Ukraine work in culture

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Labour Office in Warsaw. On the spot during the visit, the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, who is looking at a customer service point - refugees from Ukraine
Author: Ewelina Lach

In the first weeks of the war in Ukraine, several hundred thousand refugees arrived in Warsaw. Many of them have stayed to this day and are making a new life in the capital. The Polish Centre for International Aid Foundation helps to find work for organizers of cultural activities, choreographers or library employees in urban cultural institutions by running the "Cash for Work" programme.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have been supporting our guests from the east as much as we can, and thanks to their presence, the Ukrainians have been enriching our culture, also through work in libraries, cultural centres or theaters. Integration is a two-way process, which is why cultural exchange is so important. For this reason, I am very happy that the capital institutions participate in the "Cash for work" programme of the Polish Centre for International Aid Foundation and the employment process in the cultural sector is more efficient – said the Vice Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, Aldona Machnowska-Góra.

Warsaw cultural institutions take part in the "Cash for Work" programme for the intervention employment of refugees from Ukraine, which is carried out by the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) Foundation. American organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) is responsible for financing the project.

So far, 62 people from Ukraine have found employment in cultural institutions in Warsaw, including libraries, cultural centres, museums and theatres, where they work as organizers of cultural activities, photographers, choreographers, as well as in administrative departments.

As part of the support of Ukrainian citizens who came to Poland after 24 February 2022, the Polish Centre for International Aid Foundation implements a number of assistance programs. From support in employing teachers, to financing activities for children, language courses and financial allowances.