Supporting Ukraine Together
The 24th of February changed our lives forever. The aggression of Russia against Ukraine can neither be explained, nor understood.
In this war we're standing with our Ukrainian colleagues and their families in Kharkiv and Chernihiv who're currently staying in shelters under artillery fire, witnessing this senseless loss of life and damage done to their beloved country. If you'd like to show your support but aren't sure how to, we want to help make it easier for you to act.
For any amount donated to unicef.org or any other humanitarian aid fund (see the list below) in support of Ukrainian people, we are ready to reduce the bill for your climbing expedition or safari by up to 300 USD as a discount in exchange for your donation. Just email us a proof of donation.
Attention: we are looking to help with ongoing efforts to remove landmines across Ukraine. If you are connected to a responsible organization that works with de-mining conflict or former war zones, especially that is currently working in Ukraine or is planning to, please reach out to us.
We would like to offer financial support and contribute to a safer Ukraine.
12 September, 2022 update:
This war is very personal to us - some of our teammates and their relatives are from Ukraine, and some are still there, even now. Each missile strike touches our hearts. As long as Ukraine is under attack, with our loved ones in proximity, we will not rest easy.
On September 11, 2022, we saw a glimmer of hope: the Ukrainian army started to advance against the Russian front: recapturing vast territories in the Kharkiv district.
While waiting for the war to end, we will continue supporting the Ukrainians in the following ways:
- Every month we are donating US$ 800 to Hospitalllers, a volunteer organisation of combat paramedics, helping the injured in Ukraine;
- We are also supporting the Save Life organisation, another team of volunteers that is helping the army and the civilians in Ukraine. Currently, Save Life has an important task: financing the purchase of winter clothes and boots for the Ukrainian soldiers. Winter in Ukraine is very cold, and we are working to helping Save a Life provide this necessary gear;
- Finally, we are helping the UA Animals, an organisation helping animals in Ukraine, who lost their owners or need care as a result of the fighting.
We encourage our travellers, partners and friends to join us in supporting these efforts; these reputable organizations are providing essential and practical support where it is needed the most. Each amount donated to any of these organisations will be offset by Altezza Travel towards the costs of any Tanzania adventure booked with us (up to $300).
Finally, our team reaffirms our commitment to the right cause. Together with other socially responsible businesses, we will keep helping the Ukrainians as long as it is necessary.
23 May, 2022 update:
For ninety days now, the Ukrainian people have been courageously fighting a battle against Putin's army. In complete horror, we are watching the atrocities of the “liberators” in Bucha, Irpin, Gostomel, Chernigov, Izyum, Nikolaev and Mariupol.
Some of Altezza's team members and their families remain in Ukraine, helping the people there and waiting for the war to be over.
We could not stand aside either. From the very first day of war Altezza has been helping the people of Ukraine in every possible way. As of 23 May, 2022 the company has done the following:
Donations to UNICEF to deliver aid to civilians;
- Donations to UAnimals — a group of volunteers providing care to pets that stayed without their owners or suffered a war trauma;
- Purchase of medical equipment for the Kyiv territorial defence unit;
- Purchase of a 4x4 vehicle and tourniquets for the Odessa territorial defence unit;
- We provided financial assistance to the relief force, helping vulnerable people in Kyiv to get food.
Also, our good friend from Ukraine Stefan Poliakov has recently shown us one more way to make a contribution. Stefan is a founder of Ukrainian Immigration Bureau, an organisation that was helping foreign citizens from around the world to find their home in Ukraine before the war. Now that the war broke out, Stefan and his UIB team became volunteers: they fundraise and purchase equipment, clothes, power generators, food, medicines and other essentials for military units and territorial defence in Ukraine. We vouch for their integrity and efficiency. You can make a direct donation to their fund through this link.
Finally, we have provided direct financial help to many people in Ukraine who lost their income and had to leave their home.
In total, as of May 23, 2022 we have spent around 22,500 USD to help Ukraine in this horrifying and senseless war. This amount does not include private donations made by our employees.
We will continue to support the people of Ukraine until the end of the war and thereafter.