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As the humanitarian crisis caused by the war on Ukraine worsens, Solvay’s Rheinberg site has been finding ways to help those in need. Supported by the Solvay Solidarity Fund, colleagues in Germany have been preparing housing for refugees in apartments at our Rheinberg plant. An inspiring example of Solvay’s ability to bond with local communities and provide hope and support in times of crisis.

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Apartments and more for refugees in Rheinberg

Colleagues at Solvay’s Rheinberg plant have been working together to prepare housing for Ukrainian refugees. The facilities at the plant include eight unused apartments, which can accommodate up to 36 people.

"The willingness among colleagues to help and donate is enormous," says Rheinberg’s site Manager Norbert Mülders. “Employees have renovated and furnished the apartments on their own at short notice; the plant’s fire department painted the walls, for example.” 

The site has organized spontaneous collection campaigns, with many employees having donated or purchased furniture, clothing, household appliances or toys for use by the refugees. Others have taken refugees – mainly women and children – into their own homes temporarily or have offered their services as translators, while numerous colleagues act as mentors, helping refugees complete tasks such as registering with the authorities. The plant is also cooperating with the City of Rheinberg to find ways to take in more refugees, with the city’s mayor has already thanked Solvay for the much-needed support. 

The site’s efforts locally have been supported at the Group level. Money from the Solvay Solidarity Fund has enabled the site to mobilize quickly and, according to Mülders, serves as “additional motivation for the further commitment of our many volunteers.”