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Bakosh. My cottage is not at the edge

Bakosh is a tiny village in Zakarpattia Region, not far from Chop. And Chop, as we in Ukraine were taught at school, is the most Western point of Ukraine. The distance from Bakosh village to the border is three kilometers straight. There are less than 1000 residents according to the official numbers in Bakosh. However, about 300 students study at Bakosh lyceum, which is many for such a small village. This is the only one high school with Ukrainian language of teaching in the whole hromada (an administrative unit in Ukraine). Moreover, the school is currently a shelter for the internally displaced people. A quiet and warm shelter. It is located in the very west of Ukraine, as western as it is possible. There are relatively few air alarms and there is no curfew in Zakarpattia Region at all. However, the Ukraini...
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People are different, values are common

A full-scale Russian invasion forced millions of Ukrainians to leave their homes. They had to pack their belongings and leave behind what was dear to them, without knowing when they would be able to come back, and whether it would be possible at all. This is hard for everyone, but vulnerable social groups face additional difficulties. Society is not always open to the representatives of the LGBTQI community, that’s why a shelter for this particular social group was opened in Chernivtsi. How it lives, and what challenges it faces – in this text.  Odesa — Chernivtsi Sasha is a transgender person from Odesa.  Sasha is a very positive person. He says on February 24th, one of the funniest stories in his life happened. Everyone was running around in panic that morning, but he was stubbornly going to his wo...
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Kolomyia. A House Next to a Church

A large part of internally displaced people who came to Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivsk region, were allocated in schools and kindergartens. Later, the city council in cooperation with the local community opened two shelters, so that people could move from the educational facilities. This is a story about residents, everyday life, challenges, and needs of one of these shelters. Getting to know each other — I am from Horlivka, but for the last two years I have lived in Kharkiv’s North Saltivka district. I worked at the plant. I came here in mid-March. I was thinking of coming back, but I see it is hot again over there. So, for now, I am here. There is no place to come back.  — I am from Luhansk. I moved to Popasna in 2015, as an IDP. Now, when the fighting started in Popasna, I barely left. I got a missile ...
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Miculab. Small shelter — large family

When people who escape from war are trying to find a place to move and stay, quite often they search in Ivano-Frankivsk or smaller cities in the region like Kalush or Kolomyia. Not everyone is willing to move to a village. And how does the life of forcefully displaced people look in the rural areas? To show this, let's have a look at a small Miculab shelter in the village of Lysets, near Ivano-Frankivsk.  Here This shelter was founded and is run by Olha Oleinichenko. Most of her friends know her as Olha Tut, where “tut” means “here”. So, Olha Here. Why? Because she is here. Olha is also an internally displaced person, she came from the town of Yasynuvata in the Donetsk region in 2014, when the war started.   After living in Ivano-Frankivsk for two years, she moved to Lysets. Here, in the village, she...
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Targeted Aid

Due to the full-scale Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, millions were forced to leave their cities, towns and villages, losing houses and families. The war deprived many people of an opportunity to work, and not all had savings. That’s why financial support from international NGOs is so important. This article tells about how Youth NGO STAN is helping forcefully displaced people to get help from UN and Save The Children.  Changing needs and a need to change Before the full-scale war, Marichka Stashkiv used to work in management positions in several restaurants in Ivano-Frankivsk and founded a coffee place. And after February 24th, she dived into work for the civic society. She started volunteering at the train station in Ivano-Frankivsk. Thanks to her previous experience, Stashkiv became one of the superv...
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“Residence” is a project for Ukrainian youth

The residence is an out of project for young people, which is aimed at creating permanent connections, sharing knowledge and experience, and improving the mental state. Both residencies took place in the village of Kozary, Ivano-Frankivsk region. The participants of the first residency were 15 young people from different cities of Ukraine. Of them, 3 persons are IDPs, 10 are volunteers at the headquarters of NGOs or other initiatives aimed at solving war-related problems. According to the organizers, it was important to provide this space to people who need a sense of security, comfort, a place to feel relaxed and gain resources. More details in the report - Residence - 1 The aim of the second Residency was to unite young artists, volunteers and IDPs around the exploration of the village, as well ...
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COMICS “HOW TONYA FELL IN LOVE WITH ENERGY”

The comic book will be useful for young people who are hesitating whether to choose energy as their future profession. But not just a profession, but an activity that would combine perspective, importance, financial independence, curiosity and values ​of the modern world, which is developing so rapidly. The heroine of the comic is Tonya, a tenth grader. She sincerely likes to research energy, but the girl is convinced that it is difficult for young people to break through here. Especially for girls. Will Tonya be able to overcome her fears and doubts? The comic in simple language tells about the gas and electricity markets, the heat supply system, and renewable energy. And using Tony's example, he shows that there are more and more opportunities for young people, especially girls, in energy. Also read a...
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Your rights: what you need to know

The booklet "Your Rights: what you need to know” answers questions that are a concern for both Ukrainian students and foreigners, who study in Ukraine. In this booklet experts explain student rights and responsibilities in understandable language. They are not only relevant to organizing of the education process, but also living conditions in dorms and leisure of students. Furthermore, the authors pay particular attention to such actual issues such as nondiscrimination, inviolability and personal freedom. This booklet is like a “judicial ambulance”, which every student can use if his or her rights have been violated. It is intended to give a brief overview of the laws, rights, responsibilities and limitations of all people residing in Ukraine: in addition to a wealth of resources for further consultation. How...
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Studying amidst the war

Children have to study. But studying and teaching in the current situation in Ukraine is complicated. Even when students are in relative safety, when they have access to the internet and the ability for distance learning, the schooling cannot be the same as before the war. To explain the changes and needs of the educational process after February 24th, 2022, we address the experience of The Restless alternative school in Ivano-Frankivsk.  In the shelter On the first day of the war, The Restless alternative school was turned into a shelter for forcefully displaced people. People arriving from the most dangerous areas lodged in the classrooms. At the same time, the school did not cease the teaching process but made it completely online. Anyway, around one-third of the students happen to be abroad. And frequen...
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