BYSOL fundraising

“Deprivation of liberty will be a death sentence for me,” — these are the words of one of the Belarusian pensioners in the courtroom. “It would be better if they killed me in the deep forest,” relatives relay the words of another pensioner from the detention center.

We have created a charity campaign to help former political prisoners to restore their health after spending time in inhumane conditions of Belarusian prisons and reception centers. Their mental and physical state has suffered greatly and now people need support to improve their health.

In conditions of political persecution, threats to human freedom, life and health we help families to leave Belarus safely and quickly.

Unique Belarusian courtyards are a phenomenon of protests. Small communities unite people across the country in their fight against dictatorship. They help Belarusians to openly express their protest, and we must help them to continue their struggle.

Until August 2020, we, like all Belarusians, were engaged in our own projects, but we couldn't stay away when the country was gripped by a wave of violence and lawlessness. Now we help those who suffered at the hands of the regime.

BYSOL supports families of political prisoners, strike committees, courtyard communities, dismissed workers and expelled students, local initiatives that help Belarusians fight against lawlessness in the country.

In Belarus, more than 1000 people ended up in prisons because they did not want to turn the blind eye to the terrible actions of the authorities. Support is needed not only for them but also for their families.

BYSOL is announcing a collection to equip squads of Belarussian volunteers who are fighting alongside Ukrainians against our common enemies, Putin and Lukashenko. Belarusians in territorial defense battalions have received weapons and ammunition, but there is a serious shortage of special equipment, protection and tactical medicine.

Many Belarusian children have one of their parents (and sometimes both parents) imprisoned for political reasons. Many families are forced to celebrate New Year holidays in a foreign country, separated from each other and unable to give traditional gifts to their relatives.

After interviewing the families of political prisoners, it turned out that many children of political prisoners have yet to have a summer. Many only have enough financial means to cover minimal basic needs.

Choosing between well-being and a clear conscience is not easy for everyone. Let's support the Belarusians who have lost their jobs for choosing an active civil position against the inhumane regime.

Immediately after release, many former political prisoners are unemployed and without a livelihood, and many of them have children. We will support 30 former political prisoners with children with a small amount of money that can cover some of the children's expenses.

Many political prisoners have young children. They know nothing about politics, but they know exactly that they want to celebrate the family holiday with their dear fathers and mothers. The freedom of a parent would be the best gift for them, because family is sacred, and for them to gather around the Christmas table all together is priceless.

Between August and December, we financially supported more than 1,300 laid-off people to the tune of almost 2 million euros. For four months we were a “fire department,” promptly and accurately helping laid-off and relocated people. And in December, we reformatted our support for those laid off into employment and retraining assistance.

Belarus still has a huge number of political prisoners and former political prisoners, many of whom have children. Is it necessary to say that the funds that can be obtained by one of the parents, and sometimes only the grandmother or grandfather, are barely enough to cover household expenses.

The hardships for political prisoners don't end on the doorstep of a prison cell. When they return home, they face the harsh reality of not being accepted by the state. We're launching a fundraiser to retrain 15 former political prisoners.