“We have different stories and different backgrounds. Everyone here has helped us a lot to adapt to this situation. It’s a great experience of how accommodating people are,” said Práva Ljudmila (41) , who came to the Czech Republic with two children, Nazar (16), Anastasia (8) and their grandmother.
Three mothers, three grandmothers and five children were sent to Soběhrd by a translator and university professor, Šárka Grauová, who had just moved into the presbytery. But before she could settle down, and especially reserve meters, she began to set up a refugee shelter at the very beginning of the wave of immigration.
With the help of friends, the premises of the presbytery, whether for her or for public events, are quickly transformed into living rooms and a communal kitchen. “Our state is Sarka”, Ukrainian women agree on the question of where the Czech authorities can work better than relieve.
Šárka and his friends take care of all the contacts with the authorities, from the management of files and materials, household equipment, Wi-Fi to places of residence and transport. For example, no Ukrainian has a driver’s license.
And the Church is already paying the Church for its help. Sincere gratitude comes out of women’s eyes, and if they want something, it’s work. It’s not just about becoming independent, but also about distracting yourself from the daily grim news of the homeland. “They spin there in their memories, they call there. Depending on what happens there, the parish of Sebrdoh is joyful, or on the contrary, it smokes and cries,” Šárka described.
Together in the office, left, Šárka Grauová
Photo: Jiří Mach, Právo
Cash-for-work is often offered by locals, whether it’s helping around the house or in the woods. However, female runners will also enjoy home crafts. “Jana Šilarová, who makes wool felts, came and the women were excited. The wool is in the shape of a sucker, so you always unload yourself,” Šárka said.
First time at school
The Labor Office has not yet offered employment opportunities to the refugees, but they are looking for them. Among them are a cook, a wood grinder, a pastry chef, but also the web designer Naïa. Thanks to a refurbished laptop purchased from First Humanitarian Aid, he can work remotely in Ukraine. And she also got a new accommodation in Pilsen.
Her husband works as a metallurgical specialist in Iran, to which the family had to buy a new apartment in Ukraine. “It’s in the past, but at least she knows her husband is safe,” Sarka said. For the other families, the situation is not clear. “According to psychologists, they should wait until they start talking about it themselves,” she explained.
David, his mother Nadia and Tatiana
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According to her, other women do not have to worry about finding themselves unemployed. There will always be a search for their abilities. In the evening, they are taught Czech and the women have already learned Latin letters. “It’s harder to talk, but you’re starting to understand. We can already read what we’re buying. Maybe it won’t happen anymore that we buy cream instead of cheese,” said Naia.
Although the youngest children initially elicited the most compassion, they have already looked around and are alive. Perhaps the worst situation concerns the oldest of the 16-year-olds, Nazar. At home he played boxing, karate, swimming, chess. He sits alone in debate, does not speak, and in his jackal years is darker than his happier peers who have not been divided by war.
On Wednesday, the children came to school for the first time at the Archa Primary and Kindergarten School in Petroupim, which is run by the Hussite Church. They received a warm welcome from the windows of one of the classrooms. “We all know each other and we have agreed one way or another. Our teachers have also welcomed refugees into their homes, so we have Ukrainians not only from Soběhrd. We have prepared the children for their talk, we told them about what the refugees had behind them,” said Práva school principal Jitka Hřebecká.
Tatiana’s grandmother, her granddaughter Nasťa and her friend David watch the new school
Photo: Jiří Mach, Právo
“We have kids here who are very affected by the pandemic. But hopefully this situation, when they can focus on someone else, will help them too,” she said. -mothers from Soběhrd will go to school with their children to deal with more complex situations in their native language, otherwise they will have their adaptation class, where they will be looked after by a Russian.
All children are taught online, whether their singers are in Ukraine or scattered elsewhere in the world. High school student Nazar, who has focused on computer science, will receive special attention from a computer teacher. “The main thing is that children can swim here,” concluded director Hřebecká.