Our Principles

"Station «Kharkiv» is an association of people of good will, who are seeking to effectively help those who have been suddenly forced to flee their homes as a result of the armed conflict, and who are living in Ukraine (internally displaced persons — IDPs). In rendering aid, we ensure no discrimination based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, nationality, religion or political beliefs.

"Station «Kharkiv» doesn't participate in political activities. The association is impartial in the electoral process, does not engage in religious or political propaganda and is non-profit.

The volunteers of “Station “Kharkiv” are guided by the following principles:

1. Protection of Human Rights

Volunteers act in accordance with generally accepted principles of medical ethics and the universally recognized right to humanitarian assistance. On this basis, volunteers demand from the government, government agencies and security forces operating in the country, full freedom and assistance in carrying out their activities.

2. Human Dignity

In organizing direct assistance as well as informational, public and promotional events, volunteers are guided by the principle that “a person renders aid to another person in distress on the basis of mutual equality”.

3. Adaptation

The activities of volunteers are aimed at reducing the vulnerability of IDPs and facilitating their survival, rehabilitation, adaptation and integration into society.

4. Compliance with the Legislation of Ukraine

Volunteers conduct educational work with citizens in order to improve their legal awareness. In particular, volunteers clarify the provisions of articles of the Constitution of Ukraine and the Criminal Code relating to civil rights and penalties (including for public appeals or the distribution of materials intended to incite changes to the borders or the territory of Ukraine, in violation of the order established by the Constitution of Ukraine (Article 110 of the Criminal Code)).

5. Non-violence

Volunteers weigh the benefits and risks associated with their activities and refrain from any actions that endanger those who are given assistance.

6. Mutual Respect

Volunteers treat one another with respect and build relationships based on the priority of effective assistance to IDPs.

7. Coordination

In order to render more effective assistance, volunteers coordinate their activities according to their areas of activity, on the basis of their experience, responsibilities and knowledge.

8. Consistency

Volunteers do not make public statements on behalf of the association and do not conclude any external agreements without getting the collective approval of other volunteers or coordinators of the group.

9. Responsibility

The volunteers themselves are trying to manage and assess their time and strength, are responsible for their peace of mind and the control over their emotions. Volunteers treat one another with respect and do not undertake tasks that they are not going to complete. Volunteers undertake to comply with the safety instructions developed by a competent working group, and rest as often as necessary to preserve their physical and psychological health.

10. Freedom

No one has the right to force a volunteer to do something which is incompatible with his/her ethical beliefs, exceeds his/her physical or mental capacity or is punishable under the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

11. Transparency

Volunteers are committed to the proper use of the funds and resources donated to them for rendering aid, and provide transparent reporting.

12. Independence

Volunteers undertake to strictly abide by general civil and professional ethics in order to ensure the complete independence of the association from political, religious and economic forces.

All voluntary members of the organization must be aware of the risks associated with their activities.

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Актуальная помощь переселенцам из АРК и зоны боевых действий