Directors of peer-to-peer edtech company The Ambassador Platform have surpassed a target of £10,000 for a charity providing safe accommodation to Ukrainian children.
The ‘Higher Ed Stands with Ukraine’ campaign has raised close to £14,000.
The Ambassador Platform includes many staff based in Lviv office, set up in 2018. The team selected the Ridni Centre for Social Support for Children and Families for the fundraising effort.
The centre can offer safe housing for 26 children needing help, as well as free classes in Maths, English and Art. In one year of operation, it has helped 14 children safely return to their families and 45 families are still receiving psychological support.
“The higher education sector is a global network of like-minded people and institutions,” Nik Higgins, co-founder and chief growth officer at TAP, said.
“We’re calling on that network to put into practice the principles of international cooperation, tolerance, and respect”
“We’re calling on that network to put into practice the principles of international cooperation, tolerance, and respect that make it so special by coming out in support of our Ukraine fundraising campaign.”
The appeal comprises two key initiatives.
The first will see company directors George Olesen and David Barnes drive to Lviv from the UK to deliver supplies, warm clothes and Christmas gifts to the Ridni Centre, and the second is The Higher Ed Hoodie Project.
The initiative will see organisations across the HE sector pledging £1,000 or more have their logos printed on hoodies that will be worn during the trip.
Organisation sponsoring the sweaters include: Studyportals, Times Higher Education, FindAUniversity, Unibuddy, aecc, IDP Education, AMET Education and The PIE.
More information is available on the Just Giving page here.