The American company, founded in 2016, operates on four continents and in eight countries, has four offices in Ukraine, three in Lviv, and one in Ivano-Frankivsk. Newfire Global Partners also has offices in Zagreb and plans to open them in Split, reports Index.hr.
However, due to the crisis in Ukraine, Newfire Global Partners decided to offer employees in Ukraine the possibility of moving to Croatia, where another office is being opened in Osijek due to the war.
“We decided to help our employees and members of their families in Ukraine to come to Croatia, which proved to be a safe location. Therefore, we organized a private bus from Lviv to Osijek and Zagreb. As a result, we transported our employees and their children and immediate family members,” explained the director of Newfire Global Partners, Stephen Hau.
“From the first day, the City of Osijek has supported our employees and plans to open an office. We look forward to working with and empowering the local business community by opening another office in this beautiful city and creating new jobs. Namely, we plan to hire about a hundred new team members by the end of the year, and we invite all those interested to contact us,” he said.
Tetyana Tsyupka worked in Lviv as a business analyst but is now in Zagreb.
“I come from a beautiful ancient city in western Ukraine – Lviv. The city’s geographical location was why we decided to leave Ukraine and why we did it quickly. I woke up on February 24, did what has become my routine in recent months – checked the news, and what I saw was terrifying. Russia declared war on Ukraine. I was scared and didn’t know what to do,” she said.
“My priority is the safety of my children. I have two children, one is 12, and the other is nine. My husband and I were shocked, but we soon heard sirens, woke up the children, and went to a shelter in the basement. It was the worst day of my life because I had to tell the kids to wake up and get dressed quickly because the war started,” she says.
“After that, we decided to cross the border with Poland. We didn’t know how safe it was, but we succeeded after six hours of waiting at the border. My children, my husband, and I,” she said, adding that she and her husband’s parents live in Lviv, and the situation in that city remains tense.
She said she was very grateful to all Croats for their emotional support, both from colleagues and ordinary citizens she did not know.
“My daughter had a stomach ache, but the doctor was highly empathetic and professional. Luckily it was nothing serious. Also, my son played rugby in Ukraine; we wanted him to continue training in Zagreb. Rugby club Zagreb offered to go to free training,” she said, adding in the end that we should be with Ukraine in this dramatic time.
Newfire Global Partners employees, partners, and friends have raised about $200,000 for various humanitarian associations and organizations in Ukraine, and the second round of donations is underway.
The company “doubles” each donation by paying the same amount and will continue to help in all possible ways. Thus, the Lviv-Osijek bus will continue to transport employees and members of their families. If one of the employees is called up for military service, they will financially support him and members of his family.
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