Helping shelter Ukrainian Refugees in Slovakia
Shelter for Ukraine is an Aotearoa/New Zealand-based project to help Ukrainian refugees by urgently giving safe housing.
We’re Tristram (from the UK) & Tamara (from NZ) - the founders of the Taylor McCabe Institute (https://www.taylormccabeinstitute.com/), which owns two 90-foot long barns on half an acre of land in Nemcinany, Slovakia –5 hours from the Ukrainian border.
We were in the process of converting the barns into a skill-swap school for adults. Power, water and other services were connected, but when Covid hit work was put on hold.
The half-finished buildings provide an opportunity to offer housing for Ukrainian refugees. We can house over 40 people for at least 2 years.
The immediate need is for us to travel to Slovakia to provide hands-on help. We have a team of builders ready to go. The first job is to install insulation, as the temperature in Slovakia at this time of year is around -8°C/17°F.
Our initial fundraising goal covers all the necessary essentials. As soon as we arrive in Slovakia, we’ll use a minibus to taxi the first 12 people from the Ukrainian border to immediate warm and safe housing.
Although we’ve got a stellar team, many hands make light work. If you’re able to volunteer your skills (in NZ or Europe) and time to travel to Slovakia to help us, please email email@example.com.
Any donation is appreciated and the sooner we can reach our fundraising goal, the sooner we can provide shelter.
Co-Founder of Shelter For Ukraine, which is using the Taylor McCabe Institute to provide safe housing for Ukrainians.
Direct urgent costs.
Food & essential life costs: $42,000
Timber framing & board: $18,000
Kitchen equipment: $6,000
Toilets & bathrooms: $6,000
Refugee minibus: $12,000
Discounted labour cost for month one: $28,000
New deliveries 20 June 2022
We've been hard at it, since our last update, with some big changes happening this week. We have had a delivery of wood and steel, which we've been cleaning and prepping, to go into the second barn.
The team are all working so hard and we are so proud of what we are accomplishing here, despite all the difficulties we've had with supply chains and lead times.
In the next week the steels should be going in to support the roof and second floor of the barn. So we will post some more updates and images very soon.
Thanks again for all your support, it truly means so much.
Much love, Tam, Tris and the TMI team.