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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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All in the same boat

Well before February 24th, the team of STAN NGO agreed they would make their office aka resource center open to the activists who need a space to work or a community of colleagues in Ivano-Frankivsk. The team agreed that in case of war, the office would become a shelter to host those who fled their cities, so they could live there and work like in their own office.  This is not only about the walls, not only about the 114 square meter space with comfortable furniture, kitchen, and fast internet connection. The idea is that the organization itself becomes a resource center, a nerve center that connects people, helps everyone to continue doing his or her unique job even when far away from home.    Here are three stories of how activists managed to leave unsafe places and find themselves in the new environ...
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Law in the times of war

Millions of Ukrainians left their homes to save themselves from invaders’ atrocities. People escaped from the shelling just to save their lives. Someone could think in the circumstances of a full-scale war a legal framework could disappear. In fact, it became even more necessary. Forcefully displaced people face many issues they cannot solve by themselves:renewing a lost passport, going abroad, or finding out what documents are needed to send at least children abroad. This article describes one case of volunteer legal support for internally displaced people in Ukraine after Russia's invasion. Before and after February 24th Oleksyi and Viktoriya Zaitsev are lawyers. On February 24th, Oleksyi planned to go to Kyiv to attend a court hearing, and he woke up early. Viktoriya was woken up by explosions around 5 A...
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Donetsk artist Masha Vyshedska draws stories of Ukrainians from occupied cities

This artist from the Donetsk region had to flee to Germany from the Russia-Ukraine war. Now, she draws stories of people who stayed in Ukraine – in particular those living in occupation. Meet Masha Vyshedska, an artist from Bakhmut (Donetsk region). For a few years, she lived and studied in Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been occupied since 2014. After that she dropped out and became engaged in art and civic activism on territories controlled by Ukraine. A few days before the full-scale invasion, Masha left Bakhmut and went to Western Ukraine, from where she traveled to Halstenbek, Germany. Today, her drawings with stories of regular Ukrainians continue impressing and moving people in Europe and all around the world. Tell us about yourself. How long have you been drawing? I was born and raised in Ba...
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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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