In response to the Ukraine war, TSF intervened in collective centers that provide shelter to Internally Displaced People (IDPs). By connecting these collective centers with Wi-Fi, TSF could support IDPs in their journey, whether that be access information, the ability to work/study remotely or simply keep in touch with their loved ones.
TSF entrusted two Ukrainians, Dmytro and Ihor, to handle the project on the ground. Before joining TSF, Dmytro worked as a foreign markets manager for a construction company and prior to that he was a student of International Relations. Ihor was a project manager at an IT company.
Their mission is to support other NGOs in the field, take care of the connection, and coordinate the project as a whole. Our Head of Communications, Emmanuel Jean, had the opportunity to interview them about living in a country at war, their background and their role with TSF.
TSF: Why did you decide to stay in Ukraine?
Dmytro: I decided to stay because, first of all, that's my country. And I want to live here. I want to help my country. I cannot serve an army, I’m not allowed to because of some medical reasons. But I still want to help somehow. And that's why I stay here.
TSF: What is the main problem you face due to the war?
Ihor: My main problem is the safety, the safety of my family, my friends, all my people around me. Another problem is with the freedom of traveling. Before the war I traveled all around the world, around Ukraine. Now, it’s a problem. We need to stay in places.
“My main problem is the safety, the safety of my family, my friends, all my people around me.” Ihor
TSF: Did you ever think about working in the humanitarian sector before going to us ?
Dmytro: Yes, before I've been thinking about that, but I didn't have such opportunities. But I’ve always wanted to work for such organizations. I want to help people.
“I’ve always wanted to work for such organizations. I want to help people.” Dmytro
TSF: What do you do with TSF?
Ihor: My main task is to help support and train other NGOs in the use of telecommunications, help IDPs [Internally Displaced People], find solutions to help them have connection with the world, have connection with family, have connection for their studies.
TSF: What is something that you feel good about in your work?
Ihor: In my work I like to help people. I feel good when I can help. And I’m technical, so I don’t see problems; only solutions to find.
“I’m technical, so I don’t see problems; only solutions to find.” Ihor