Sean Penn sponsors Ukrainian refugee assistance center in Krakow

Krakow, Poland, Mar 23 (EFE).- American actor and filmmaker Sean Penn Wednesday signed an agreement with the southern Polish city of Krakow to sponsor the installation of a training center for Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

The project includes specialized courses for social workers dealing with refugees and the rehabilitation of several social houses that the Krakow city council has allocated to accommodate Ukrainian families.

“What we have seen in any country in the world is that crises on this scale take more than government and need citizens’ participation,” the two-time Oscar winner said at a presser held in the city.

It will be carried out by Penn’s CORE foundation, founded in 2010 to help the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.

The charity foundation distinguishes itself by providing long-term help, providing specialized training to local staff and trying to rebuild communities affected by disasters or emergencies.

The actor traveled to Ukraine in February to shoot a documentary about the ongoing Russian invasion that began on 24 February.

Since the invasion of Ukraine began, some 2.2 million refugees have arrived in Poland, according to the Polish authorities.

Over the past few days, large Polish cities, such as Warsaw or Krakow, have called for help to cope with the massive influx of refugees, which has increased their respective populations by 15 percent in just three weeks. EFE


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