Implemented by: regional office of the ACF «Right to Protection» in Ivano-Frankivsk
Within the framework of the project «Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to the Internally Displaced Population of Ukraine» (in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council and UNHCR), there have been 11 initiatives supported in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. They all were aimed at integrating IDPs to the host com-
munity and reducing the negative effects related to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and forced displacement. Project proposals could have been submitted by representatives of initiative groups or NGOs, with at least 3 IDPs as members. Preference was given to initiatives that attracted participation of both IDPs and the local residents. In total, all the related events were attended by about 1,000 people.
Through this, opportunities have been created for dialogue and networking between the IDPs and the host community. The participants easily struck up new friendships. Some initiatives were continued even after the funding. For instance, due to skills learned in creative workshops, a group of internally displaced women decided to continue making toys for their families. Social eco-posters, that have been created by children, were presented to the local authorities with a suggestion to place them in public space. 3 initiatives from the young “agents of change”, who have been trained, were additionally supported by international donors.
Moreover, a forum-theater school of gave a performance in the local anti-cafe and launched this way a number of similar initiatives in Ivano-Frankivsk.