As the war in Ukraine entered its 111th day, our hearts and thoughts go to the Ukrainian people who are bravely protecting their country and freedom. Among them are Daylite customers, partners, and Marketcircle team members’ families.
As news breaks on television and social media, we share the hope for a path to peace and the longing to take action to support those affected and contribute to relief efforts.
When we started the partner program, we could have never imagined the close-knit community it would become one day. We often see Daylite partners supporting and caring for each other, and we like to think that this environment of compassion and togetherness reflects the core values we live by every day. That’s why it is particularly wholesome and reassuring to see the Daylite Partners community coming together as a family to support Ukraine in these uncertain times.
Here are some of the initiatives that Daylite partners have taken to navigate and support other partners and the Ukraine community:
Supporting Ukraine “Makers”
Our partner Yuri Vlasyuk, from iLand, certainly knows better than anyone the severe effects of this war on the Ukrainian people. Being from Ukraine himself, he had help from other partners to move his family to Germany, where they are now safe.
But even while going through that, Yuri has never stopped standing up for his community. He used to produce the Kyiv Maker Faire, a local arts mini-festival that showcases a variety of artistic talents and hobbies. Being involved in the Maker Faire from 2015 to 2018, Yuri is still in Ukraine coordinating a network of contacts leading individual initiatives to support the Ukrainian armed forces with resources like laser cutting, molding, etc.
You can learn more about Yuri’s journey and how he’s standing up for Ukraine in this article from the Make Magazine.
Supporting Other Partners
Alf Ruppert and Peter Rheingans, from our largest partner, iOSXpert, made a 36-hour round trip to the Poland-Ukraine border to drop off supplies and assist refugees in any way they can. They were the ones who transported Yuri’s family to Germany.
More than that, Alf and Peter are going above and beyond to ensure that Yuri’s wife and kids have everything they need to lead life as normal as possible: they have provided housing, assisted setting up bank accounts, enrolled the kids in school and even brought their community together to provide clothes, toys and other supplies.
Christian Schalk, from Medienreife, gathered 18 people in nine cars to drive 15 hours from a town near Wiesbaden, in Germany, to a refugee camp in Premysil near the Polish-Ukrainian border. They met groups from France, England and Belgium and loaded supplies into a 40-ton truck headed to Kyiv.
On the way back, Christian and his group also safely transported 13 Ukrainians from the refugee camp, including a six-month-old baby, to Germany.
Marketcircle Stands With Ukraine
Ever since the beginning of this heartbreaking war, the Marketcircle family has been watching in horror and offering our utmost support to customers, partners and team members’ families who are among those affected. We have made numerous donations to aid the humanitarian assistance on the Ukraine front. In addition, we’ve been actively sharing information and trusted organizations accepting donations and other forms of support with team members and partners.
While we are each doing our best to help Ukrainians navigate the war’s hardships, it is particularly heartwarming to see the Daylite partner network coming together as allies and playing fundamentally important roles in supporting the Ukrainian community.
Our hearts remain with the people of Ukraine and their loved ones as they endure incredible adversity.
We stand with Ukraine.