To our Waldorf community,
AWSNA and WECAN want to convey how saddened and outraged we are by the escalating war on Ukraine and for the pain, suffering, and the resulting loss of life. We express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with all who are fighting against the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding.
Waldorf education has a vital role to play in this global moment. Waldorf principles support our schools and guide our students to form habits of heart and mind and action that equip them for civic involvement and the creation of a more just and inclusive society. Waldorf education embodies civic values, tolerance, and volunteerism to shape the future. AWSNA and WECAN are re-committing to nurturing each child's potential through Waldorf education to help build a world that strives for peaceful resolution of conflict and disagreement.
AWSNA and WECAN are joining our colleagues in the international Waldorf movement in raising funds to support Waldorf communities in Ukraine during this time of great suffering and violence.
An emergency support fund is being coordinated by the Friends of Waldorf Education (Freunde der Erziehungskunt Rudolf Steiners e.V.), through which various and evolving needs of our Ukrainian friends can be addressed. At the moment, Ukrainian children and families are being supported in finding places in Waldorf Schools in Europe, and Waldorf families throughout Europe are opening their homes to them. Financial support is being sent to Ukraine to support the Waldorf teachers who have lost their income due to the closing of schools, and emergency pedagogy teams will be working with traumatized Ukrainian children. The types of support will continue to evolve in order to meet the most urgent needs.
We invite you to support these emergency efforts. AWSNA has an agreement with Freunde to solicit funds from the United States on their behalf. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation, and in the dropdown menu select “Freunde/Ukraine Relief.”
Feel free to share the attached pdf with your communities.
With many thanks on behalf AWSNA and the WECAN Board,
Susan Howard, WECAN Coordinator
Rebecca Moskowitz, AWSNA Executive Director, Advancement
Melanie Reiser, AWSNA Executive Director, Membership
Stephanie Rynas, AWSNA Executive Director, Operations and Member Resources