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The independent volunteer art collective Spilka started drilling a well in the village of Korolivka, Makariv district, Kyiv Oblasts, on May 30. This village was heavily damaged during the fighting in February-March 2022. The drilling of the well is one of the stages of the project to help the village community: the hospital reconstruction, partially damaged by explosions, was the project’s first phase. Another stage will be constructing a bomb shelter at the Korolivka Lyceum. Currently, students cannot attend the institution having no shelter.
For reference: Spilka is an independent volunteer collective of artists based in New York, Paris and Kyiv. Spilka’s activities are focused on raising funds through artistic, cultural and sporting events in the cities of its main base.
Journalists are invited to join the Volunteer Day at the environmentally responsible hot meal preparation and distribution center Dobra Kuchniya in Kharkiv on June 2. Each participant can volunteer at the soup kitchen and prepare meals for 800 Saltivka industrial district residents.
Accreditation lasts until May 30, inclusive. Journalists from Kyiv will be provided with a transfer to and from Kharkiv.
For reference: Saltivka is a Kharkiv residential area to suffer the most from Russian shelling. More than half of the buildings there were damaged.
On May 27-28, volunteers of “Brave to Rebuild” project will clear the rubble of the buildings destroyed as a result of russia’s full-scale invasion. They will work in Irpin, Horenka, Hostomel (Kyiv region).
For reference: Brave to Rebuild volunteer project’s mission is to help residents of the de-occupied territories of Ukraine to restore housing and social institutions damaged as a result of the russian federation’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine. Volunteers from Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia also join the relief effort.
Native Crimean woman, Yulia became the founder of the volunteer project “Stepanivski bees” in Vinnytsia region. During the full-scale invasion, people, who are willing to help, cook food to hand it over to the soldiers at the front. A production site was set up in the abandoned premises of the kindergarten. Both local residents and refugees work there to make delicious home-made dishes for the defenders (lamb shurpa, cabbage rolls, grains with meat and much more). Food is delivered in retort pouches, which are convenient for defenders at the front.
When russia occupied Crimea, Yulia had to leave her native peninsula.
In December 2022, her husband Volodymyr, who had been defending the country, died in the battles for Bakhmut.
“Dobrobat,” volunteer building division, is holding charity auctions as a part of the “Art of Invincibility” project. The proceeds will be used for materials and equipment required for the reconstruction of the Khortytsia National Educational and Rehabilitation Academy. The educational institution was significantly damaged as a result of a rocket attack by the occupiers in October of last year. “Dobrobat” intends to restore the premises of the academy.
The remains of russian rockets and ammunition, which have been turned into art objects, will be sold off at a charity auction. The lots include works by professional artists, amateurs and children from different regions of Ukraine. The auction will last until May 31.
Sergiy Ivanchuk, a well-known Ukrainian opera singer, an entrepreneur and a volunteer became the brand ambassador of the national program #SaveTheLimb of “Health of the Ukrainian People” foundation. The main goal is to reduce the number of Ukrainians, who become disabled due to injuries to the limbs, received as a result of the war.
Cooperation with the foundation became a personal matter for the man, since Sergiy was attacked by russian saboteurs. He received 5 bullet wounds, spent 16 days in intensive care and survived.
The singer has organized the first fundraising campaign on his Instagram page, where he is giving away 10 Forbes magazines with the autographs by blogger Lachen (Igor Lachenkov) and 30 prominent Ukrainian figures. To enter the giveaway one must make a donation to #SaveTheLimb program. The goal is to raise funds for high-quality surgeries and rehabilitation for 20 soldiers.
For reference: From the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, opera singer Sergiy Ivanchuk became a volunteer. During the first days of the war, he evacuated residents of Kharkiv and Sumy regions. He took out about a hundred people from the regions affected by the russian invasion.
During one of the trips, on March 10, 2022, a car with a volunteer and civilians came under saboteurs’ fire. Serhii was seriously injured. After 12 surgeries in Ukraine he continued his rehabilitation in Germany.
The man was included into Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of young Ukrainians who will influence the future of their industries.
Veteran Oleksandr Shvetsov, who lost his leg in 2014 near Luhansk, and his brother in arms Serhii Khrapko, who has a prosthetic leg and arm after being wounded in eastern Ukraine in 2015, set out on a journey to meet each other halfway. The distance between the soldiers is 120 kilometers, Oleksandr is coming from Zhytomyr, and Serhii is from Kyiv. By doing this, the veterans want to draw attention to the need to create a modern admission department at the National Military Medical Clinical Center “Main Military Clinical Hospital” and raise funds for a gastroscope worth over UAH 3.5 million.
An inclusive bakery in Kyiv, which provides employment to people with mental disabilities, bakes 1,500 loaves of bread every day, which it distributes for free to those in need. In particular, since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion, the bakery has provided 300,000 loaves of bread to the military, displaced persons and people in the liberated and front-line territories. Now about 5,000 loaves of bread are sent out to Kharkiv and the de-occupied territories of the region every week. They deliver bread to Donetsk region, deliver it to Luhansk, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.
FRIDA Ukraine, a mission of Ukrainian-Israeli medical volunteers, continues to provide assistance to the civilian population affected by hostilities.
A total of 3 missions will take place on May 13-14. Two of them will take place in the de-occupied and front-line parts of Kharkiv and Kherson regions. A team of 20 doctors will provide quality medical care in regional communities for two days.
Also, another team of volunteer doctors will take outpatient appointments at the “Enjoying Life: Care” support center for displaced persons in Kyiv as part of the marathon organized jointly with “Enjoying Life” charitable foundation. It is the first time, FRIDA doctors will take appointments with temporarily displaced persons at such a scale.
Journalists are invited to accompany the team of medical volunteers during planned missions in Kharkiv or Kherson regions, or join the mission in Kyiv. There is also an opportunity to cover the activities of FRIDA Ukraine and conduct interviews with the team without traveling to hot spots.
Foreigners are now actively supporting the “Brave to Rebuild” volunteers project. For example, 66-year-old Manfred flew in from Australia to rebuild Ukraine. The man has 40 years of experience in construction.
A Canadian residing in Ukraine for a year is among other foreign volunteers, for instance.
Journalists can learn more about these and many other foreign volunteers observing their work whenever possible.
For reference: Brave to Rebuild is a volunteer project aimed at assisting the de-occupied territories of Ukraine residents to restore housing and social institutions damaged due to Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine.