CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — A company in Hiawatha has nearly 50 employees in Ukraine. It is the majority of workers at Hivecell which employs 65 people.
hive cell is a technology company that creates platforms for businesses. The company is headquartered in New York, but its products are manufactured in Iowa and Ukraine.
“These are my friends, these are my family, these are people who have made no decisions in any of this,” said Paul Lyman, co-founder and president of Hivecell.
47 Hivecell employees live in Ukraine.
“We had about 2/3 in Lviv, then another 1/3 in Kyiv and scattered in a few other places,” Lyman said.
Most Hivecell employees traveled to Lviv, which Lyman said is considered safe despite occasional airstrikes.
“They are desperate to get air cover,” he told TV9.
Ukrainians are really afraid to travel. Hivecell workers report that Russian troops have targeted civilians trying to cross green areas.
“They know that Russian soldiers stopped cars and shot entire families as they tried to get out through the green zone, so they don’t trust any of that,” Lyman told us.
But staying put has also been dangerous for some in Ukraine.
“They sent out lots of videos of Russians bombing apartment buildings,” Lyman said.
Principal software architect Alec Marin is in regular contact with his friends.
“One of our guys is just south of Kharkiv and he’s one of my best friends so I got daily updates on you know all the bombings,” Marin explained.
He says people in Ukraine are helping in any way they can, whether it’s joining the fight or volunteering to help in some way.
“I can’t even believe they are as strong as they are, to stand up and fight for their home like they are is impressive,” Marin said.
Hivecell enables those in Ukraine to work when they can. They say some see it as a much-needed break from their current reality.
“Our rule at the moment is you know family first, country first, and then we’ll get back to business,” Lyman said.
The company shares resources for those interested in helping people in Ukraine:
Defense of Ukraine/Military Aid:
Come back alive: https://www.comebackalive.in.ua/
UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency): https://give.unrefugees.org/220224ukr_genemr_d_4720/
Global donations: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ukraine-crisis-relief-fund/
International Committee of the Red Cross: https://www.icrc.org/en/support-us
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: https://www.ifrc.org/emergency/ukraine-and-impacted-countries
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