Foreign students in Savannah help raise funds for Ukraine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A student from Savannah has a strong connection to the conflict in Ukraine and works to help raise funds for those affected by the war.

Ava Piotrowska is a Polish foreign student. Back in her country of origin, her family became involved in raising awareness among refugees.

Piotrowska says Ukrainian refugees live in her room and much of her clothes at home were donated to them.

“My parents are hosting a woman with a one-and-a-half-year-old child. She will stay there until mid-May. I don’t know, I just decided it was something I wanted to do, to help Ukrainians,” Piotrowska said.

Piotrowska says she decided she wanted to help even though she is on a continent.

She and other exchange students held a bake sale Saturday in Daffin Park to raise money for Ukraine. The group raised over $500.

Piotrowska says she and another Polish exchange student also organized a “no uniform” day at the Savannah Arts Academy. Students could dress up in exchange for a donation. The effort, she says, raised nearly $4,000.

“When challenges arise, and this is one of the biggest challenges of an exchange year, they always rise to the occasion. They are always innovative, imaginative and creative,” said Connie Polk, area coordinator for Greenheart Exchange.

Greenheart Exchange is a non-profit organization that offers cultural exchange programs in the United States for people around the world.

Piotrowska says she will return home next month.

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