MitOst coordinates the collaborative efforts of civil society organisations that are directly supporting on-the-ground efforts to secure people, provide protection, facilitate evacuations, and connect to temporary accommodation. Our role involves bridging communications, directing financial support, needs assessments and connecting networks and offers of support.
We cooperate with partners in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Moldova, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia, who are actively working to welcome refugees from Ukraine by supplying the necessary assistance.
Who we are
MitOst e.V. is a Berlin-based non-profit association fostering cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion and sustainable urban and rural development – beyond cultural, sectoral or linguistic borders.
We have more than 1500 members in 40 countries, many of whom are based in Germany, Russia and Ukraine. Our 35 staff work from Berlin with local and regional partner organisations throughout Europe, North Africa and West-, Central and East Asia to implement various programmes and projects.
These activities are financed by private foundations (e.g. Bosch Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Stiftung Mercator) and governmental bodies (e.g. European Commission, German Federal Foreign Office). Our annual budget is ca. 5 Million Euro.
What we are doing in Ukraine
MitOst has been active in Ukraine for over two decades and is part of a strong, decentralised network of independent initiatives, dedicated professionals and cross-sectoral stakeholders working in the fields of democratic and human rights, arts and culture, (non-formal) education, media etc.
Currently, there are over 80 organisations and 400 individuals active throughout this network. They include politicians, civil servants, activists, artists, educators, facilitators, journalists and business people.
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News & Statements
As we continue our efforts to help people in need in Ukraine as well as those fleeing the country, we at MitOst would also like to acknowledge and call out many discourses propagated by Western media outlets that have been using racist and white supremacist language when describing the war and Ukrainian refugees.
Today is a dark day. Although the signs have been there for days, weeks, months, or even years, no one was fully prepared for the war that the Russian government escalated into Ukrainian territories this morning. It’s first and foremost an attack on Ukraine, and it’s also an attack on everything that we believe in and work for throughout the MitOst cosmos.