Solidarity with Aleppo - charity action

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee will be accompanied by a charity event for the residents of Aleppo. It is planned to raise funds during the session (2-12 July), as well as a concert on the Wołyński Boulevard (July 9), where Kasia Kowalska, Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka, Dariusz Malejonek and Halina Mlynkova will perform.

Within the action the charity SMS is running under the number 72 052 - text SYRIA (cost PLN 2.46 with VAT).

The action is covered by the Honorary Patronage of the General Conservator of Monuments - prof. Magdalena Gawin. The organizer is Caritas Polska.

Rebuilding Warsaw on the World Heritage List

Reconstruction of the historical center of Warsaw - the Old and the New Town and the Royal Route was an unprecedented undertaking in history. In 1980 this collective effort of the capital's inhabitants, art historians and conservators was appreciated by the World Heritage Committee - the historic center of Warsaw has been listed on the World Heritage List.

                                       Warszawa, 1944 ("The City of Ruins"
                                                    ©Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)
Warszawa, 2011


Reconstruction of the Old Town and the whole city would not be possible without the great involvement of the inhabitants of Warsaw and the entire nation. The writer Leopold Tyrmand described the postwar years: "One of the philosophers calculated that the Warsaw residents inhaled four bricks per year. The Warsaw people were breathing in the building - it was not a metaphor, but a heavy, dusty, brick and dusty truth. You have to love your city so much to rebuild it at the cost of your own breath. And perhaps that is why Warsaw from the ruins of ruins and ruins has become once again the old Warsaw, the eternal Warsaw, the same Warsaw - despite the new shapes of streets and outlines of houses - that the Warsaw people called her to life, breathed into her brick body her own hot breath.

Warsaw - Aleppo

The history of Warsaw is particularly important today. Today, when war in Syria is still in progress, Warsaw is a positive message for Aleppo, a symbol that ruins do not have to mean the end of the city, but they are the beginning of reconstruction, the return to normal life.

At present, the situation in Aleppo is dramatic. The eastern part of Aleppo is in over 80% destroyed. All the time there are still firings of western Aleppo. Since two years in the city there is no electricity. People buy it for a very high price from private generators set on the sidewalks. They can afford  only electricity for one lightbulb or to run washingmachine. Food, medicines, access to running water are missing. In the very difficult situation are small children whose parents can not afford milk, food, warm clothes.

Solidarity with Aleppo - how to help?

Fundraising for the residents of Aleppo will be held at the ICE Conference Center, during the 41st session of the ICC and in Cracow. July 2-12. You can also send a charity SMS - text SYRIA at 72 052 (cost PLN 2.46 with VAT).

There will be a tent next to St. Mary's Basilica from 6 July - an information point where you will not only be able to donate, but also learn more about the needs of the people of Aleppo.

Concert "Solidarity with Aleppo"

We would also like to invite you to the concert "Solidarnia z Aleppo", which will take place on 9 July, 21:00 on the Wołyński Boulevard in Cracow.  Kasia Kowalska, Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka, Dariusz Malejonek, Halina Mlynkova, Marek Piekarczyk, Milo Kurtis and Ray Wilson will perform.


The money collected during the action will be donated to Caritas Poland, with the aim of helping the people of Aleppo.

Caritas Polska is a charity that was founded in the 1920s and reactivated in 1990 after the fall of communism in Poland. Caritas Polska conducts activities in Poland and abroad: it organizes fundraising, humanitarian relief, and provides emergency and long-term, material, psychological, legal and financial assistance to the unemployed, the homeless, the sick, the elderly, children from poor families, as well as immigrants and refugees. Currently Caritas provides help in Jordan, Nepal, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, and Ecuador. Internationally, Caritas Polska works with Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Europa.

In Syria, Caritas Polska helps from 2013, finances the operation of hospitals, donates food packages, medicines, clothes and money for electricity and water. Caritas Poland is currently leading the largest social assistance project in Poland for the people of Aleppo, supporting the long-term 4200 families living there. It also helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. So far, more than PLN 8.5 million has been provided for this purpose.


Honorary Patronage of the General Conservator of Monuments
prof. Magdalena Gawin


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