An emotional visit to the Damen office in Gdansk
The group was excited, yet silent when Annelies Damen and Jitte Milder (Global Marketing Communication) entered the office of Damen in Gdansk on May 16th. They were a little shy at first, but a feeling of family togetherness bound all together. Seventeen Ukrainian evacuees were gathered around a table in a conference room, normally used for business meetings. Now the room was overloaded with emotions, gratitude and touching attention for all.
Respect for the courage of these colleagues was expressed. Heartbreaking stories were shared about how these men and women struggled to survive their sudden evacuation towards the Polish boarder by foot, having no food or water, going for hours, with no toilets and about how they even had to let their children sleep standing up. Annelies sat in the middle and took the time to learn everyone’s story.
Meanwhile, there is practical need for housing, language lessons, mental help and physical care, like dentist and checkups. ‘Foundation Damen Support’ wants to fulfill these needs. Help is necessary, all donations are welcome.