Since the war started on 24.02.22 more than 250,000 vehicles in Ukraine have been destroyed, stolen or lost in occupied territories. Mobility is essential to evacuate people, to transport the injured and to deliver goods and food to the population. GIVE CARe focus is to collect donated cars and to buy used buses, transporters and 4x4 vehicles in good condition. We fill the vehicles with essential supplies and drive them personally to Ukraine, where we hand them over to Car4Ukraine in Lviv. This reliable local NGO rebuilds the cars for the military, civilian authorities and local NGOs. The goods are distributed by partner NGOs within Ukraine.
Meet the team
We are a group of Dutch and German Volunteers.
We are a group of twelve Dutch and German volunteers who have been supporting Ukraine since February 2022. As entrepreneurs and decision- makers we created GIVE CARe with help from our international business and private network. We work, live and think European. We support Ukraine in its fight for peace, freedom, democracy and further European integration.
“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
My name is Joshua. I was born in the Netherlands and am 31 years old. My lovely wife is Ukrainian and therefore, since the start of the war, I have been looking for ways to actively get involved in supporting Ukraine in its war-effort. I got to know Niels, who had already made a trip to Ukraine in March 2022 and was planning another trip in November. He invited me to join him and together we worked out the project GIVE-CARe.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill
My name is Niels, I was born 1977 in Germany. I am a car enthusiast and I have spent all my working life in the automotive business. From 2012 to 2016 I lived and worked in Prague (CZ), employed by a premium German car brand. Together with my colleague Niklas we were Regional Sales Managers for 26 Eastern and Central European countries, including Ukraine. Three weeks after the war started we activated our contacts in central Europe, and our automotive network, to organize our first trip to Ukraine. Niklas and I bought a used FIAT transporter, collected donations from friends and family, filled the transporter with goods, drove it to East Slovakia, to the Ukraine border, and donated the FIAT, together with the goods, to a local NGO. This marked the beginning of Project GIVE CARe.
“It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.”
– Winston Churchill