In a statement released today, PACT revealed that these steps are part of the “action plan” it is developing “to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine” due to the war.
“We are in solidarity with Ukraine from the very beginning and in direct contact with the Ukrainian community in Évora” to “understand how we can be useful at a time when it is the most innocent who are suffering”, said today the executive president of PACT, Soumodip Sarkar.
The Science and Technology Park of Alentejo will promote, on the 8th, a solidarity dinner, whose revenue “will be channeled to the purchase of medicines and first aid material that will go to Ukraine”.
Furthermore, the “concrete measures” defined to help “minimize the various shortcomings” caused by the armed conflict include “the creation of job offers, preferably in the area of Information Technologies [IT]”.
The organization also offers “two free jobs for one year” in its coworking space for Ukrainian refugees.
These measures “will be articulated with the competent authorities, namely through the Portugal for Ukraine platform, created by the Government”, added Soumodip Sarkar.
There will also be “mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs displaced from Ukraine who wish to develop their project in Portugal, with a special focus on the Alentejo region”.
“Daily, we already provide this type of support to entrepreneurs who come to us because they want to benefit from our ecosystem”, both “to learn about funding opportunities”, and “with a view to facilitating contacts”, stressed Soumodip Sarkar.
Therefore, “it makes perfect sense to emphasize this offer to these refugee entrepreneurs, who arrive in a fragile situation and who may need more help to continue their business in Portugal”, he highlighted.
These are “just a few steps in a plan that will evolve as more needs are identified” for which there is “the ability to be part of the solution”, added the same official.
PACT also recalled that, in the context of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, it has already promoted a collection at its facilities that allowed the collection of “about 500 kilos of essential goods, which have already been sent to Ukraine”.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that killed at least 1,232 civilians, including 112 children, and injured 1,935, including 149 children, according to the latest UN data, which warns of the likelihood of actual number of civilian casualties is much higher.
The war caused the flight of more than 10 million people, including more than 4 million refugees in neighboring countries and almost 6.5 million internally displaced people.
The UN estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.