Who is Lapigua?
We are people like you. People who want to help!
Fundacja Lapigua - the Lapigua Foundation was founded by Stefanie Bogaerts and Radek Hojda. Stefanie is a professional translator and her husband, Radek, is the general manager of a family-owned trade company. They live with their four children in Zamość, Poland, about 50 km from the Ukrainian border. Radek has many friends and business partners in Ukraine, so as soon as the war in Ukraine started, they decided to open their house to refugees. But they didn’t stop there ...
This is how Fundacja Lapigua was founded. We are an officially registered non-profit organisation thats helps the Ukrainian people, both refugees in Poland and people in need in Ukraine.
How do we help Ukraine?
With the help of our network of volunteers, we support local projects in the region of Zamość. Amongst others, we organised a transit dormitory in the neigbouring wedding hall, Dom Weselny Ambrozja. Now we are supporting the local Community Center Błonie, a place where the Ukrainian and Polish communities can integrate.
We organize humanitarian aid transports and help volunteers and partners to fill up their transports. On request, we have put part of the warehouse of the HARS company in Hrubieszów at the disposal of humanitarian organisations and help to organise transport and logistics, sending goods directly to contacts in Ukraine.
With our contacts in Polish and European translation organisations we organize support for interpreters and translators and people who need their services. The project Translators for Ukraine is an initiative of Polish translators' organisations.
How can you help?
The best way to help is by donating. Even the smallest amount will help us to support projects and answer requests for specific humanitarian goods.
Of course you can also donate goods, but please keep in mind that the transport of aid goods over long distances sometimes costs more then the goods are worth. Often, the most economic way is to buy all necessary aid with delivery as close to Ukraine as possible, or even buy the aid in Ukraine itself.
This is for example how we arranged for the purchase of fruit trees to replace trees burnt during Russian attacks in the area of Tchernichov:
One of our sponsors pledge to support the project.
Through our contacts we found a trusted company growing and selling fruit trees in Ukraine.
We ordered the trees, paid for them and their transport.
The trees were delivered directly into the hands of our volunteer, who passed them on to selected families in need.
This way, we not only support people in need, but also support the Ukrainian economy.
Please remember that Fundacja Lapigua is registered as a non-profit organisation that can officially collect donations. You can find all our financial details here.
How will we use your donation?
The money we raise is mainly spent on:
purchase of necessary goods for humanitarian relief that are sent to Ukraine,
fuel costs for transport of humanitarian goods,
support for local and international projects, such as the Community Center Błonie in Zamość,
translation and interpreting projects organised by Translators for Ukraine,
Please check out our running and past projects to know more.
The statutory goals of the Foundation Lapigua are to:
provide humanitarian assistance in the broadest sense to all natural persons, legal persons and entities without legal personality, in particular refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by a humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster.
provide support in the broadest sense, including financial, logistical and organisational support, to all natural and legal persons and entities without legal personality, in particular to refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster
provide support in the broadest sense, including financial, logistical, organisational, educational and psychological, for volunteers supporting all natural and legal persons and entities without legal personality, in particular refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster.
provide broad support, including financial, logistical, organisational, educational and psychological support, to the community of interpreters in joint undertakings with the participation of interpreters for the public good, including support for projects to help refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster.
provide comprehensive assistance to refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster, in the form of linguistic and educational support.
provide logistic, organisational, educational and financial assistance to interpreters participating in humanitarian actions for refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disasters in Poland and abroad
promote and protect human rights, freedoms and civil liberties, as well as activities supporting the development of democracy
support activities aimed at integration and professional and social reintegration of people at risk of social exclusion.
participate in activities supporting economic development.
participate in activities supporting economic development, including the development of entrepreneurship.
engage in rescue and civil protection.
promote and organise voluntary work.
The Foundation pursues its objectives, among others, through:
cooperation with individuals, legal persons, organisations and state institutions.
providing logistical, organisational and financial support of any kind.
collecting, storing and transferring all material and non-material aid.
collection of financial and material resources and organising collections of material assistance for the implementation of statutory objectives.
activities aimed at raising financial means through fundraising organised on the Internet through social networking sites (crowdfunding).
organising and conducting workshops, conferences, seminars and other forms of education.
all initiatives and projects of an educational and informational nature related to the statutory purposes of the Foundation.
organising and financing training for interpreters planning to participate or involved in humanitarian actions for refugees and inhabitants of areas affected by a humanitarian crisis, armed conflict or natural disaster at home and abroad
publishing informational materials in printed or electronic form.
maintaining and making available websites with informative and educational content.
the organisation of projects and undertakings involving translators and interpreters for the public good, including support for projects to help people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters, etc.
financing activities and projects related to public benefit activities.