Developer turns crumbling old houses into sparkling refugee accommodation in whirlwind FIVE days
A property developer from Warsaw has transformed two derelict houses earmarked for demolition into comfy accommodation for mums and their children feeling the war in Ukraine.
The run down houses in Sulejówek and Grochów were set to be bulldozed to make way for a new housing development.
But following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the rapidly unfolding humanitarian crisis, Jakub Tryboń and his team from real estate firm TPPI SA – Murowana Inwestycja spent just five days renovating both properties and filling them with furniture, and appliances.
Tryboń told TFN: “Initially we had been planning to give the house over for renovation to a company who would do all the work, but this would have taken several months. What my colleagues have been able to achieve in such a short space of time by working together is remarkable.
“In five days, the house in Sulejówek has been transformed from a ruin to comfortable, habitable accommodation. The transformation between the house on Monday and now is unbelievable, I’m lost for words by everyone’s selflessness and generosity and shocked by just how many people of good-will there are and how the team organised everything in such an efficient way.
“Altogether, a few dozen people, around 30-40 have been involved, from students volunteering to help with painting, to others helping with lifting and carrying items, to those who have been helping to transport things for us for free and even our subcontractors, who have been more than generous, offering to do things for us for free, like checking light fittings.
He added: “We also organised a collection for furniture and other items we needed and people have been very generous, so much so, that we have too many of certain items like fridges and clothes and are working with other collection points and organisations to pass on our excess items to them.”
One of the volunteers, Agata de Virion, who has been helping to search for specific items needed in the house, told TFN: “Everyone has had their bit to do, we all just really wanted to help these people and get everything ready fast.”
The company’s house in Sulejówek will be able to house 10 people, all Ukrainian mothers with their children who will be moving in this week, and the second house in Grochów, which is already partly occupied by refugees, will be able to house six people.
Tryboń said: “The most important thing for the women and children who are going to live in these houses is that they can be independent and to take their mind off what is happening with their husbands back home.
“Some of their children will already start at a Polish school on Monday.
“We are not putting a time limit on how long they can stay, it will be as long as they need.
“Of course for them, we hope it would only be a few weeks, but we are prepared for a marathon ahead of us, even a couple of years.
“We will manage it, and only later we will think about what to do about funding for the upkeep of the buildings.
“For now, everything is ready to make sure they are safe and comfortable.”