Thousands are booking Airbnb properties just to help Ukrainians
We all know what is happening in Ukraine. Of course, that’s not good news. But the good news is, thousands of good people from different parts of the world are helping the war-ravaged country in various ways.
Within just one or two days(From March 2nd to March 3rd), people across the world booked 61,000 nights in Ukrainian cities via Airbnb to help the Ukrainian people. To be more precise, more than 61,406 nights had been booked in Ukraine between March 2 and 4, according to Brian Chesky, founder of Airbnb.
This is a part of an innovative social media campaign to donate funds to cities that are surrounded by armed forces. In just 48 hours, the campaign has raised more than $2 million to help Ukrainians. In the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Ukrainian Politician Volodymyr Bondarenko had 10 people book into his room in just one day.
“This was surprising, it’s very supportive at the moment,” 36-year-old Bondarenko told CNN early Friday. “I told many of my relatives and friends that I plan to use this money to help our people who need it at this time.”
Airbnb announced that the company is offering temporary housing in neighboring countries to up to 100,000 Ukrainians who fled away from Ukraine. The company is also waiving guest fees and host fees in the war-torn country to support individuals donating. “We started waiving our fees the moment we learned this was happening,” Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia tweeted on March 5th.
“We are so humbled by the inspiring generosity of our community during this moment of crisis,” said Haven Thorn, a company spokesperson.
In 48 hours, 61,406 nights have been booked in Ukraine. That’s $1.9M going to Hosts in need
Such a cool idea from our community. Thank you https://t.co/MEitgKB5Eo
— Brian Chesky 🇺🇦 (@bchesky) March 4, 2022
Airbnb has partnered with non-profit organizations and charities to help contribute to the guests’ basic needs. Anyone can help the Ukrainian refugees by opening their home as an Airbnb host. The company will cover you with a one million dollar hosting insurance policy.
The idea became more popular after a Twitter user @quentquarantino shared the concept. “Yesterday I shared an idea to support Ukraine by booking rooms for rent on AirBNB. 24 hours later, 100’s of people are booking AirBnBs in Ukraine as a way to send immediate monetary assistance to people in hard-hit areas. The messages in response from the hosts are so moving,” the Twitter user wrote.
Many people said on Twitter that they had received confirmation from their friends in Ukraine that they received funds from Airbnb which helped them buy essential supplies.
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