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NGO “Foundation for Culture and Education “Liberi Liberati” implements informal education for youth, projects on culture, art, education, science, physical and mental development; promotes philanthropy and charity activities in Ukraine. Our main goal is social security and supporting children and youth in difficult circumstances. The organization operates mainly in Eastern Ukraine.

We also promote the scout movement in Donetsk oblast. Head of the Organization leads the Kramatorsk branch of PLAST – National Scout Movement of Ukraine.

Feel free to join any of our projects. Children do need your help!

We are happy to introduce you to a more detailed description of the Organization’s activities and history:

The most active projects of our Organization in 2017 (earlier projects can be found on the website as well):

 

1. The “Embroidered dreams” International charity project

The “Embroidered dreams” International charity project helps children who were affected by war in Eastern Ukraine or found themselves in difficult situations, teaches them to earn money for their needs rather than ask for it. The main goals of the project are promoting children’s creativity, teaching them to work and orient on the modern market of goods and services, help kids adapt and become more social, embrace Ukrainian customs and traditions. Having started out in May 2015, the project now covers Kramatorsk, Kostyantynivka, Druzhkivka, Pokrovsk, Krasnohorivka, Slovyansk and Siversk, gathering 170 children from 4 to 16 years old. There are numerous articles about the project in mass media. Charity fairs have taken place in the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, in Croatia, Slovakia, and in cities of Lviv and Kyiv. With the money earned at the fairs, we buy books and art materials for the kids to develop their creative skills. Dear friends, you are also welcome to help with embroidery threads and cloth, cookies, sweets. So far we only get help from volunteers, who give us threads and cloth needed for the lessons. We invite everyone concerned about Ukrainian children's future to contribute to our project. Helping kids affected by war is not just giving them candy, but supporting their talents and personalities!

Media about the project:

 

2. The “Octopus” Charity project

The project aims at promoting famous artists, writers, scientists and historical figures among youth in schools and higher education establishments, carrying out seminars, lessons, festivals and other activities that help promote educational and cultural development.

There are several branches within the project:

 

  1. The Kramatorsk art school

Goals:

  • Establishing cooperation between artists worldwide and the art school students.
  • Helping with computer equipment and information technologies that are needed for the young artists’ creative development.
  • Increasing network cooperation with other art schools.
  • Providing information support.
  • Upgrading the art school library, providing it with quality art books.

Work done: Together with our partners, the “Dar” Foundation and the National Ukrainian History Museum, we have organized the very first Ukrainian teleconference with the Kramatorsk children’s art school, young artists from Avdiyivka and Hayane Atayan, the daughter of the famous Ukrainian artist – Tetyana Yablonska. We have also situated the “Ukrainian art shelves” library and are working on filling it with more books. Thanks to the “Dar” Foundation, the school got its first high resolution computer for classes. A meeting with the children of the Krychevsky artists is being planned, along with film screenings and painting lessons.

More information: http://liberiliberati.org/2017-05/persii-v-istorii-ukraini-telemist-miz-kramatorskom-avdiivkou-ta-kievom-dopomoze-rozvitku

 

  1. Working with children and youth in the frontline zone in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Krasnohorivka, Zolote)

Goals:

  • Developing creativity of local children and youth.

  • Creating a grassroot youth movement for improving the cultural environment within the community.

  • Providing the “Veselka” (“Rainbow”) art studio with art materials.

  • Together with young artists, creating new art objects for comfortable family leisure.

  • Establishing a children’s anime theatre.

Work done: Thanks to our partners, we have bought paint and restored a playground in the town center, with the help of local children. The “Veselka” art studio has received two boxes of paints, 80 new books, and crafting materials. The “Dar” Foundation presented a Japanese sewing machine to the studio, along with art materials. So far we have also managed to find 50% of the costumes needed for the anime theatre, and organized a recreation trip for the children in summer.

 

  1. Schools of Donetsk oblast

Goal: supporting the creative development of children and youth.

Work done: Have organized a mobile exhibition and themed English, geography and history lessons in Kramatorsk and Pokrovsk, in cooperation with Embassy of Australia in Ukraine. Co-founded the annual “The Big European Family” festival in Kramatorsk school #12. Thanks to our partners from the “Smoloskyp” Foundation, children received great books.

 

3 . “Kalmiyus” – The Annual Eastern Ukrainian Literature Contest

Started just in 2016 by volunteers, “Kalmiyus” has gathered more than two thousand Ukrainian-speaking authors from Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv and Dnipro oblasts. Furthermore, a great number of submitted works came from the occupied territories. Such a large number of contestants leave no doubt that Eastern Ukraine is filled with talented Ukrainian-speaking writers.

The contest was situated by philanthropists: Tetyana Pylypets, Oksana Proselkova, Oleksandra Papina and Maksym Potapchuk.

Goal: supporting the creative efforts and dialogue between communities in Eastern Ukraine, discovering and promoting talented Ukrainian writers; cultural deoccupation of Eastern Ukraine.

More information: http://liberiliberati.org/2017-08/startuvav-drugii-shidnoukrainskii-regionalnii-konkurs-literaturnoi-tvorcosti-kalmius

4 . The “History without limits” Project

Cooperating with the National Ukrainian History Museum, we have initiated a unique project – “History without limits”, within which the museum experts from Kyiv are teaching remote history classes to hundreds of school students in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. These lectures give high school students the chance to communicate with history experts, while history teachers engage in a valuable network and discover new knowledge sources.

Goal: providing the opportunity for students from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to learn from famous experts through video conferences.

Work done: Aired 8 live lectures with experts of the National Ukrainian History Museum. Video recordings of the lectures are broadcasted on the museum’s social network profiles. More than 50 books were given to the participating schools by the museum staff.                                                             

 

Our history

Starting in 2013, the Foundation was at first operating as a volunteer association. In 2014 Maksym Potapchuk, Head of the Organization, co-founded the “Kyiv-East-Children” summer camp, the first one in Kyiv created for internally displaced children. Since April 2014, the camp has helped more than 3 000 kids and adults. Blessed by Vladyka (Bishop) Filaret, we have opened the first humanitarian aid point in Kyiv based in St. Michael’s Monastery which had been providing help for more than 4 000 internally displaced persons. From 2014 up until 2016 we have managed to gather more than 70 tons of clothes, food and medical equipment, all thanks to volunteers.

With the help of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, this aid has been given to needy Ukrainians in Eastern Ukraine, Kyiv and Chernihiv regions. Throughout the years of our volunteer service, we have managed to implement dozens of successful community projects: the “Embroidered dreams” international project, the “Bookhouse” and “Daddy, let’s read projects, the “Hey, books!” book giveaways for libraries and orphanages in Eastern Ukraine, the “To school, together” volunteer campaign for gathering stationary for students of occupied Horlivka; the “Octopus” project, the “History without limits” project, the annual “Kalmiyus” Eastern Ukrainian literature contest. We have also initiated situating of the Polish Cultural Center in Kostyantynivka and the Czech Cultural Center in Kramatorsk; and we are currently starting the “Reading space for people with vision impairment” project in Kramatorsk. Head of the Organization has been holding numerous charity auctions of embroidered goods made by children from Eastern Ukraine in Croatia, Slovakia, and in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in Lviv, Burshtyn and Kramatorsk; Embassy of Australia in Ukraine has participated in organizing charity sales. The Organization has also co-organized cultural events in Paris and Prague.

A great contribution to the Organization is being made by Nadiia Ryzhuk, a known volunteer and civic activist. She has co-founded numerous initiatives helping Ukrainian children. Nadiia is the Project manager of “Embroidered dreams”.

The Organization Assembly of NGO “Foundation for Culture and Education “Liberi Liberati” has chosen Maksym Potapchuk as Head of Organization.

 

Our partners and friends:

  • «Dar» Foundation

  • PLAST – National Scout Organization of Ukraine

  • «Donbas-SOS»

  • «East-SOS»

  • «Kramatorsk-SOS»

  • «Краматорські бджілки» (“Kramatorsk Bees”)

  • Czech volunteer organizations “Празькі Укропки” (“The Ukrops of Prague”)

  • The EMPR International Information Platform (empr.media)

  • The French-Ukrainian association “Centre for International Cooperation and Development”

  • The “Atonement for peace” NGO

  • The “Всі мрії” (“All dreams”) artist association

  • The “Oleksa Tykhyi Fellowship” NGO

  • The “Bakhmat Jewish Cultural Center” NGO

  • “Internally displaced persons Committee”

  • The “Artel Maidan” NGO

  • The “Ukrainian National Council of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts” National NGO

  • Polish Institute in Kyiv, Czech Center in Kyiv; as well as dozens of other well-known organizations.

Nadiia Ryzhuk
Maksym Potapchuk
Maksym Potapchuk