“The phone calls and Text messages started early, asking for power supplies and tools for engine repair,” said Katia Ryzha, who lives and works in Ivano-Frankivsk, a small town in western Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines have been asking for tools and other hard-to-find items from their friends and colleagues across the country. “Our team coordinated the clean-up of garages, basements and tool sheds, as most of these supplies are now difficult or impossible to find in Ukraine,” Katia said.
Katia is the head of the project and delivery management division of US-based 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 join forces and organize support to ensure the safety of our colleagues and their families.
Our team, along with the greater tech community in Ukraine, is united in aiding the war effort. This includes joining the Ukrainian IT military, planning trips to supply soldiers on the front lines, and donating money and military equipment to the military.
Katia says that while volunteering is important to the war effort, it is even more important to fight on the economic front.
Sergiy Fitsak, co-founder and director of Softjourn, said, “By working, we help fuel the war effort. Every dollar we earn helps strengthen Ukraine’s economy at a time when it is critical to fund military efforts, provide humanitarian aid to those most affected, protect our communities, and feed and care for our families and neighbors .”
For Katia and many of our colleagues living in Ukraine, work has become an act of resistance. Likewise, when companies choose to buy licenses for products built in the country, or partner with consultancies that may have their teams there partially or completely, they nurture the economy, which secures Ukraine’s future. .
As members of the global tech community, we are in a unique position to help at this critical time. Here are three ways you can pitch:
Keep looking to Ukraine for your IT and technical needs
Prior to the war, Ukraine was home to a $6.8 billion technology industry, according to the IT Ukraine Association. While some companies have had to close or temporarily suspend their operations, many are still operating and even growing.