The humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted an outpouring of support and aid from across the nation. The White House has given details and listed various initiatives, including those that provide refuge to displaced Ukrainians and gives humanitarian assistance for those in Ukraine and those fleeing the region. Other causes that are being supported include those that advance accountability for Russian war crimes and those that strengthen public health and the global food supply.
Case Western Reserve University has been actively involved in helping those affected since this conflict began. The Office of Resiliency is working in partnership with MedWish International, a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland, which works to “[save] lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.” Both sustainable in both nature and effect, MedWish International is responding to the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine, aiming to give necessary supplies as effectively as possible.
MedWish International also partnered with Medworks in collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and other first aid supplies. Medworks provides “100% free medical, dental, vision and women’s health clinics to anyone in need.” This partnership between the two, lasting from March 12-13, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. gathered much needed supplies for the people of Ukraine.
During this drive, almost any item was accepted in response to the war. Items continue to be accepted for donation, with CWRU’s Office of Resiliency providing a list of needed items and locations on-campus where they can be donated. Items that are needed include, but are not limited to, basic supplies, PPE and first aid, with the CWRU community encouraged to donate whatever they can.
In solidarity with those affected by the unprovoked invasion, images of the Ukrainian flag have been displayed all over campus. Multiple murals depicting the Ukrainian colors stand proudly, with the Student Advocacy Wall on the Case Quad and the art studio on South Side both painted blue and yellow. At night, the Turning Point sculpture on East Bell Commons glimmers blue and yellow. The Peter B. Lewis Building’s unique rooftop also glows blue and yellow, with its colors shining brightly after sunset.
It is necessary to remember the civilians impacted by these horrific circumstances. These localized movements assisting relief efforts will hopefully construct a brighter outcome for many civilians, but also will hopefully serve as a beacon of hope.