Supporting Ukrainian Refugees Through Music

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On March 22, 2022, a Concert for Peace was held at the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, raising nearly $180,000 from over 880 generous Canadian donors for humanitarian relief projects being carried out by the Folskowisko Foundation on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

KBF CANADA is a proud partner of this concert, presented by the Korwin-Szymanowski Family Foundation and organized by Nadia Monczak and Claudia Ferri with the participation of Marta Korwin-Szymanowski and will be collecting all donations, doing due diligence of the Folkowisko Foundation, transferring the funds collected and monitoring the projects and their impact.

The concert featured an impressive list of musicians, including artistic director Polish-Canadian violinist Nadia Monczak and the Agora Orchestra under the direction of maestro Nicolas Ellis. Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Serhiy Salov performed draped in the Ukrainian flag, greatly moving the sold-out crowd of 1,600 people who attended live and the 5,000 others who watched online.

Other peformers included Jean-Michel Blais (piano), Natalie Choquette (soprano), Steven Massicotte (piano), Marc-Antoine d’Aragon (baritone), Benjamin Deschamps (clarinet), Mariusz Monczak (violin) and Lorraine Gauthier (cello).

The Folkowisko Foundation: Working Tirelessly on the Ground

The Folkowisko Foundation has been involved in providing humanitarian aid to those most in need since the beginning of the warfare in Ukraine.

In a space of a month, Folkowisko, a Polish association dealing with culture and organizing festivals grew into one of the biggest humanitarian aid points in Europe “We’ve been doing festivals for years. Usually in a bare field without infrastructure. We know how to deal with chaos and thousands of people. Maybe that’s why we manage to help so quickly and effectively on the Ukrainian side of the border.”

Since the first day of the war in Ukraine, members of the Folkowisko Foundation stood on the front line helping refugees by organizing housing assistance, setting up a humanitarian town on the Ukrainian side of the Budomierz-Hrushev and Krakowiec-Korchev border crossings, and transporting tons of humanitarian aid deep into Ukraine.

During the first month of the war, the Folkowisko Foundation sent nearly 2000 tons of humanitarian aid to those most in need in cities such as Mariupol, Kiev, Kharkiv, Sumy and Kherson. They also equipped several Ukrainian hospitals with modern equipment, sent 50 power generators with a total capacity of 195kW and their 5 ambulances are now being used in Kiev, Biala Cerkiew, Irpien and Yavoriv. It shows the effectiveness of volunteers and NGOs who put helping those in need in the first place. The whole world is getting involved in their efforts, but the needs are still enormous.

Watch this multilingual video, interviews with volunteers who have come to help the Folkowisko Foundation

Folkowisko’s newest initiatives include “Books Instead of Bombs” (bringing Ukrainian-language books to refugees in Poland) and “Victory Gardens” (collecting and sending seeds to grow food in Ukraine). Their efforts are primarily turned now towards helping the 7 million internal refugees currently displaced in Ukraine. In order that they continue to provide these vital services to those who need it most, they need people all over the world to show their support.

KBF CANADA is working closely with the Folkowisko Foundation to collect funds, provide due diligence and to monitor the project to ensure that donations have the greatest impact.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Simple and fast!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to the KBF Foundation CANADA, mention ‘Project B204 – Ukraine Folkowisko’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: KBF Foundation CANADA, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6 – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to the KBF Foundation CANADA [email protected] or call +1 514.481.2000.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

The projects are managed with the greatest care and professionalism.