Preply, the language learning app and e-learning platform launched their ‘Messages to Ukraine’ project to help people show their solidarity with Ukraine and communicate directly with the displaced people from there. The online Preply community is now able to express messages of hope and support to Ukrainians via this landing page.

Currently, the website includes over 5000 messages spanning 115 countries in 184 languages – uniquely bringing people from different cultures and nations together through language. These messages of support are visualised on an interactive map which also shows message translations in Ukrainian

What’s more, this initiative will go beyond online as Preply plans to place these comments on digital billboards in Eastern European countries that have taken the Ukrainian people in with open arms. Currently, they are in talks with countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

CEO at Preply, Kirill Bigai, says:

“It was 2012 when myself, Dmytro, and Serge – being in Boston, the US at the time – decided to launch Preply. It grew into a truly global business with a wider community of tutors and learners in 150 countries with 430 staff across Barcelona, the U.S., and, of course – Kyiv, Ukraine.

I have witnessed two Ukrainian revolutions in my life – and the core of Ukrainian spirit was central to both; Ukrainians stand for freedom and it is this principle that Ukrainians are defending now. I’m calling on everybody reading this, who shares this value, who feels sadness and madness at the horrific impact on human life, to support Ukraine in any possible way. 

Whether that’s helping a Ukrainian colleague, urging your own company or government to act, donating to a well-researched charity or NGO, or simply adding the UA flag to your avatar. Today, every Ukrainian is defending freedom – for themselves and the world. Please join Ukraine in this effort. Do all you can and act now.”

Click here to show your solidarity and send a message of support to the Ukrainian people on Preply.

And for different ways we can support Ukrainian people, click here.

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Uzma Gulbahar holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University College of London. She is particularly interested in exploring untold stories surrounding marginalised groups, identity and culture.

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