Olga Kara: “I don’t feel in transit anymore, I live in the present moment, I don’t just wait to go back home.”Poiană Alexandra
Olga joined Sus Inima last year, being one of the Ukrainian refugees who fled the aggression. Initially, she helped with the accounting of fees from parents for the Ukrainian school in Sibiu. Later, Eugene offered her a full-time job and she became part of Sus Inima.
Currently, she is in charge of accounting for the tuition payments in the two Ukrainian schools and keeping track of the children’s meal payments. These are the visible activities. In fact, in Olga’s opinion, her job is all about communication, keeping the link between parents and school and between children who need food and the catering company. Olga has never had contact with such organisations before, as this line of work is new to her. “So far, I’ve seen a community of different people united by a common goal and by the ideas that they bring to life.”
While still living in Ukraine, before the war, Olga worked in transport logistics and customs services. From the age of 18 she worked in companies that operated with the port of Odessa. She was a cargo dispatcher, head of shipping department and manager in transport and logistics companies. Her last job was as a logistics manager at a company that dealt with purchasing cars from the USA, China and Canada and importing them to Ukraine.
“In Sus Inima I like the communication within the team, the schedule and the relationship between colleagues. I feel needed, not just waiting for a real life back home. I do something, it is useful, I am useful, I am rewarded. I don’t feel in transit anymore, I live in the present moment, I’m not just waiting to go home.”
“I’m glad to have an experience like this – working in a foreign entity. And if we take into account the language barrier, then we can definitely say that I am grateful for an experience I didn’t even expect. The collective is great and I am glad to be part of the organization, to help Ukrainians and gain knowledge in new areas of work.”