Preply, the language learning app and e-learning platform, is working continuously to support the people in Ukraine and displaced Ukrainians fleeing the war. The Ukrainian founder, Kirill Bigai has initiated various campaigns to offer translation services as well as financial and emotional support to his fellow citizens.
Preply has acknowledged the difficult position of many Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their country and move somewhere they don’t speak the language. To combat this issue Preply are matching volunteer tutors with displaced Ukrainians who want to learn or improve their language skills through online sessions. This provides vital assistance to people as they get to know their new environment.
Since the war began, Preply have also focused on supporting colleagues and their families based in their office in Kyiv, Ukraine by;
evacuating them to safer locations
helping with emergency funds
Providing psychological support
Preply also created a global message board which allows people from around the world to send a message to the people of Ukraine in any language. The language service then translates these messages and distributes them via digital billboards in Warsaw central train station and across social media.
A free list of important and useful phrases in Ukrainian as well as a list of charities for people who wish to donate to the relief efforts is available on Preply’s website. Preply encourages everyone to join them in making monthly donations to the National Bank of Ukraine fund in order to strengthen the humanitarian effort.
Speaking about the importance of this work, Founder and CEO of Preply Kirill Bigai said: “The war in Ukraine is devastating my beautiful country and its people. As a Ukrainian business owner I felt compelled since the war began to do anything I could to help. I am so appreciative to the people who have got behind what we are doing and shared their messages of support. We will continue to support the people of Ukraine, particularly our colleagues in Kyiv for as long as necessary. “