WordPress Community Gives Back To Ukraine

WordPress Gives A Hand is a charity event that has been taking place for the past three years. This year we are focusing our efforts on helping the WordPress community in Ukraine. In numbers, it makes up around 0.22% of it, if we estimate by sites built with WordPress in Ukraine. The majority of these are facing massive attacks. But it's much more than that.

Ukrainians have been fighting for their country for 8 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days to this moment. It escalated on the 24th of February earlier this year. Being a small, family-culture company, it affects us deeply, to see our colleagues and friends facing these difficult situations every day. So we want to do anything and everything to help.

Being part of a community also means we support and encourage each other's ideas, beliefs, diversities and come together in difficult times. A community is like a tree with its roots, where damage to one part of the root system, affects the whole tree.

If you would like to support the WordPress community in Ukraine, there are several ways that you can get involved, and we will discuss them in this article.

Monument in Ukraine - Motherland
Monument in Ukraine - Motherland (Ukrainian: Батьківщина-Мати). Source: Unsplash. Credits to Rostislav Artov.

About The WordPress Community in Ukraine

Ukraine is part of the European WordPress community, which began in 2013. From the very beginning, they were determined to make WordCamp Kyiv happen no matter what. With the first event taking place back in 2016.

Besides that, Ukrainian people are passionate about WordPress and the web in general, and actively host and organize WordPress meetups, conferences, and workshops all over the country regularly, despite all the odds working against them.

WordPress Events in Ukraine

  • WordPress Kyiv with an impressive 46 events organized to this day, and close to 2,000 official participants
  • WordPress Kitchen volunteer-organized conferences three years in a row, thanks to which WordCamp Kyiv was able to happen
  • WordCamp Kyiv 2016 was the first official WordCamp in Ukraine with estimated 250 attendees
  • WordCamp Kyiv 2019 where speakers themselves have said, they never saw any conference with that amount of questions from the audience
  • WordCamp Kyiv 2020 that despite the pandemic and all of its limitations, was organized online by active community members Sabrina Zeidan, Vitaly Nikolaiev, and Volodymyr Samolotov
WPKyiv founders and organizers meeting in Ukraine
In light of recent events, WordPress Kyiv organizers met in an underground pub to talk about all things WordPress. Source: Twitter (@WPKyiv)

🇺🇦 Made In Ukraine

As members of the WordPress community, we can support and benefit from one another by purchasing WordPress products and services made in Ukraine, or those that have a part of their employee base located in Ukraine.

In turn, we can also benefit from the high-quality products and services that are available. 

  • Crocoblock offers a comprehensive suite of tools for building WordPress websites using Elementor and Gutenberg, some of which they offer for free
  • TemplateMonster is a well-known digital marketplace that offers a wide range of themes, templates, plugins, and graphics for your WordPress website. 
  • Zemez creates top-rated products for WordPress websites on the TemplateMonster and Envato marketplaces,  some of which are also free
  • MotoPress specializes in the development of free and premium WordPress plugins and themes. Both for non-technical users as well as developers
  • Dream Theme has been creating premium WordPress themes for over a decade. The team of just 8 people and has served almost 300,000 customers worldwide.

Solid Affiliate is a popular, Ukrainian-made WordPress plugin that lets you add an affiliate program to your online store. Developers and businesses that uses WordPress in Ukraine or Poland, you can get their plugin completely free for the first year.

Hire Top Talents from Ukraine

There are many reasons to hire Ukrainian people. Ukraine has a large and highly educated workforce, with many people skilled in fields such as software development, engineering, and design.

In 2020, over 90% of young adults in Ukraine had completed at least an upper secondary education, compared to the EU average of 84%. Largely due to the fact that state-run universities in Ukraine provide high-quality education at a low cost.

Ukrainian workers are known for their strong work ethic and dedication to quality, which can help to ensure that projects are completed on time and to a high standard (talking from personal experience).

Additionally, hiring Ukrainian workers can make a big difference to the 10 million people who have been displaced from their homes and jobs.

  • YouTeam is a company with Ukrainian roots that connects customers to a network of over 25,000 engineers across 500 dev agencies in Eastern Europe and Latin America. They have waived the service fee for customers hiring talent from Ukraine, and they donate 50% of their net profit to support Ukraine
  • Upwork is a popular freelancer platform that can connect you with some of the top talents in Ukraine. It's no surprise that Ukrainian workers have a high rating on Upwork, with 4.9 out of 5 stars from clients
  • Freelance Hunt is a Ukrainian-made platform, that has helped complete more than a million projects worldwide successfully, by connecting employers with top Ukrainian (and other) freelancers
  • Employ Ukraine has helped connect thousands of employers and job searchers with remote and on-site teams across the globe, without any service costs

Ukrainian Insights on Helping Ukraine Through WordPress

To truly understand the significance of the support and ways to help Ukraine within the context of the WordPress community, we must hear from the heart and soul of Ukraine - its people.

"The WordPress community was the first to help me through the attacks on Ukraine and provided support. For those looking to support Ukraine, there are many reputable funds to donate to, but be aware of potential fraudsters Thank you to the WordPress community for spreading the word and supporting us "

- Lana Miro
Partnerships & Content Manager at Crocoblock

“I'm grateful to the company for accepting our current electrical problems and the fact that sometimes I can't work because of it. I have already taken some steps to improve my situation, and I'm also grateful for the competitive salary, which is above the average in Ukraine and gives me more options in different situations” 

- Dmytro Kovalov
Backend Developer at Visual Composer

"My company has provided extra support due to the situation in Ukraine, especially in the beginning when things were much worse. Almost everyone at the company tried to support us at least verbally. And when I had difficulties with internet and electricity shortages, management always understood the situation and provided some free days off to help me out."

- Oleg Apanovich
Backend Developer at Visual Composer

We hope this helped get a greater sense of the positive impact that the support from the global WordPress community has had on Ukrainian lives. To overcome this, we need to stand is solidarity with them, as they would do the same for us.

How To Support Ukraine Directly

It's important to understand that the war affects everyone, not just the WordPress community.

The consequences of the war can be felt across the globe, in terms of political, economic, and social impacts. This is why it is crucial for all of us to be aware of what is happening, and to support efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.

If you are a concerned global citizen, a Ukrainian diaspora member, or just someone who wants to make a positive difference, here are some ways you can support Ukraine directly:

  • Save The Children helps save the lives of children living in war zones, facing a triple threat from conflict, climate change, and food shortages
  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides support to people by restoring health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to those who have been devastated by conflict and disaster
  • Razom brings volunteers from around the world together, who are united by a common goal: to support Ukraine. The word Razom itself means “together” in Ukrainian
  • Yuliana Symchych and Ben Hoffman raise funds “to warm the hands that hold freedom” by purchasing reusable compact hand warmers for Ukrainian citizens
  • Anton Shulke from Duda collects donations for stray animal shelters in Ukraine. You can follow his journey during the war in Ukraine here
Anton Shulke from Duda
While alcohol sales are banned in many Ukrainian cities since the 1st of March, Anton Shulke from Duda managed to enjoy some beer before the ban. Source: Twitter (@anton_shulke)

About WordPress Gives A Hand

WordPress Gives A Hand is a community-driven initiative that aims to help those in need and make a positive impact. The event started as a charity function in 2020 and has grown into a movement that supports various charitable projects and organizations worldwide.

The initiative was started by our team at Visual Composer, who wanted to give back in difficult times. By partnering with other companies and products in the WordPress community, we were able to make a bigger difference and grow the event beyond our expectations.

This year, to support Ukraine, we've decided to focus on helping Ukrainian children who are affected by the conflict.

We encourage you to join us in our mission and donate to help those who are most vulnerable – young children, elderly people, families with disabled children, or unemployed single parents.

From the 19th to the 25th of December, we encourage you to find products that align with your values and interests, which can be personally fulfilling, as well as helps to support the work of the charities, which can have a wider positive impact on society.

Meet The Ambassadors Giving Back in 2022

While the war is a crisis with major consequences, it's important not to forget about other causes, that still need help during these difficult times.

That's why WordPress Gives A Hand 2022 participants - WordPressers, product owners, and all-around lovely people are donating a percentage of their revenue during the last full week of the year to causes near and dear to their hearts:

  • Visual Composer is donating 10% to Children's Voices which provides psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the war
  • Amelia, wpDataTables, and Trafft are donating 10% from each purchase to BUDI HUMAN, a Serbian organization, where each person and situation is given equal attention, meaning each donator can decide for themselves to whom they wish to donate
  • FlowMattic is donating 10% per sale to the SNEH Foundation, which is bridging the socioeconomic gap which exists in our society by helping underprivileged families
  • LayerWP is donating 50% to another, amazing WordPress community-led charity - Big Orange Heart that supports remote workers
  • Cozmoslabs and TranslatePress are donating 20%, as well as MAMP GmbH is donating 10 € per purchase to SOS Children Villages - the world's largest NGO focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk
  • CatFolders is donating 20% to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which saves endangered wildlife, protects ecosystems,  addresses the climate crisis, and find ways for people and nature to thrive

Final Thoughts

In this blog post, we discuss ways to support Ukraine, including donating to organizations, spreading awareness, advocating for policies, and purchasing goods and services. By taking any of these steps, you can help to make a positive difference in the lives of those living there.

We also discuss WordPress Gives A Hand, a charity event that supports not only the WordPress community in Ukraine but also other equally important causes. You can find out more by following us on social media (@wpgivesahand) and on our official website.

Additionally, many studies have shown that giving and helping others is the number one source of happiness. By giving as often as possible, we can produce the "Happiness Trifecta" of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to give as often as possible in order to be happier.

“Good deeds aren’t supposed to be self-less, they’re supposed to make you feel good so you can do more of them and make an impact in the world.” 

- Nizar Hasan