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The amazing ways Polish Scouts are serving Ukrainian refugees

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Marzena Devoud - published on 04/16/22

Polish Scouts reactivated crisis structures to create a 24/7 transit reception center for refugees.

When 20-year-old Zosia picks up the phone to tell Aleteia her story, it’s hard to imagine that she’s the one coordinating the work of all the Krakow Scouts at a refugee center at the city’s train station. Her delicate voice does not fully convey her natural charisma.

In addition to her studies in neuropsychology and the math and piano lessons she gives to young students, Zosia Holubowska has been involved in Scouting for eleven years. On the first day of the war in Ukraine, as deputy Scoutmaster, Zosia reactivated the crisis structures that Polish Scouts had set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea was immediately obvious: to create, in cooperation with the Krakow City Council, a transit reception center for refugees that would operate 24 hours a day. Within two days, everything was set up in a large hall of the train station decorated with huge chandeliers, ready to receive an average of 300 people a day.

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