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Support Ukraine – opened fund raising

Dear friends,

as you know, our organization is now focused on helping our country!

With the resources of our team and with the help of our partners, we continue to provide financial and humanitarian support to those who currently need it most – families with children with disabilities, the elderly, families deprived of their homes and funds.

Within last few days, we have been able to help 100 families from Chernihiv and 70 families from Bucha. We provide direct financial support, as well as food, warm clothing, medicine, linen and hygiene products. Through our efforts, we have collected humanitarian aid in Slovakia with medicines, food, hygiene products and sleeping bags , which is now heading to Pokrovsk (Donetsk region). Electrical generators for civil people in cities without electricity were purchased, as well as sleeping bags and mats.

Every day we receive more and more requests that we are unable to process because we are lack of the funds to support everyone in need.

Therefore, today, we appeal to you to join and unite our efforts together to help Ukrainians who are indigent.

We are announcing a fundraising that will go to support Ukrainian families. If you have the opportunity now to financially support victims of the war, join our gathering:

Name of the holder:

NGO Unit

Account number: 26007056117604

IBAN: UA213807750000026007056117604

Name of the bank: PRIVATBANK

SWIFT: PBANUA2X

Postal address: 34/154, Symyrenko Str. Kyiv, 03134, Ukraine

Postal address (bank): 50, Naberejna Peremogi Str. Dnipro, 49094, Ukraine

or

Organisation’s president personal account for EU zone

Olena Manko

BIC code: TRWIBEB1XXX

IBAN BE61 9672 3761 6317

Address: Wise Avenue Louise 54, Room S52 Brussels 1050 Belgium

Note: support for Ukraine

Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!

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Standing with Ukraine: how to help Ukrainians and support activities of NGO Unit

We all know that the situation in Ukraine now is terrible. Our country is in a state of war started by Russia 8 years ago, which grew into the full-scale destruction of the country and killing of civilians. Our citizens are actively joining volunteering initiatives. Though millions of people lost their homes and were forced to leave the country in search of shelter.  Those who stayed in the cities without the opportunity to leave are there without jobs, money and even food. A lot of families and people in Ukraine stayed with no financial support with small children, old parents and people with disabilities. Those who are helping to others are loosing their lives. 

NGO Unit is trying to be efficient in the current situation and to do our best we can. Our representatives now are safe so we have human resources to provide support. We tried to help in different ways by providing humanitarian aid, but as practice showed, most of times it is a very long process and people need help urgently.

So we decided to provide direct financial support to those families in need because it is faster and covers their urgent needs. Up until now, we managed to support more than 300 families who appeared in hard life circumstances. We are fulfilling our tasks with our initiative and with support of partners and concerned people.

We want to be flexible and ready to react fast on numerous situations occuring. We have experienced that in this case direct money transfer is one of the best options. For example, we supported a private group of people who organized the evacuation of more than 120 people from Chernigiv city and saved their lives. Chernigiv is in a humanitarian crisis now. No heating, no electricity, no water, almost all of the city was destroyed, many people died.

For that reason, we turn to partners for support! We continue to raise money for such flexible and fast help for people in need in Ukraine. Therefore, we collect charitable financial support at the account of the organization and the personal account of organization’s president Olena Manko (to speed up the procedure). As long as possible we keep internal reports with our accountant and records of funds, and ask those who receive help to send us evidence in the form of photos of expenses and checks as far as possible for them to do it. All our recipients are verified, they are clients of our national network of organizations and institutions who work with people in need, or familiar organizations, families and groups of people.

If you personally, your friends, your organization want to support our campaign and the work we are currently implementing, you can send money to the personal account of organization’s president  Olena Manko.

Name of the holder:

NGO Unit

Account number: 26007056117604

IBAN: UA213807750000026007056117604

Name of the bank: PRIVATBANK

SWIFT: PBANUA2X

Postal address: 34/154, Symyrenko Str. Kyiv, 03134, Ukraine

Postal address (bank): 50, Naberejna Peremogi Str. Dnipro, 49094, Ukraine

For information, please contact Olena Manko, president, EVS coordinator, NGO Unit, tel. +380634006638, E-mail: o.manko@ngo-unit.org

Or Olena’s personal account for EU zone

Olena Manko

BIC code: TRWIBEB1XXX

IBAN BE61 9672 3761 6317

Address: Wise Avenue Louise 54, Room S52 Brussels 1050 Belgium

Note: support for Ukraine

We will be grateful for any support in any amount. And we are ready to provide you with photos, stories, and contacts of our recipients. We believe that we are doing the right thing in this difficult time and can improve at least a little bit the lives of people in need. Any single euro can be a loaf of bread that saves lives!

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Я Інна, і я знаходжусь на проекті ESC в Каталонії в місті Тортоса

Привіт! Я Інна, і я знаходжусь на проекті ESC в Каталонії в місті Тортоса. Мій проект почався дуже незвично, адже я приїхала саме в перший день карантину і почати жити з незнайомими людьми не виходячи з квартири протягом 3 місяців це ще той собі челендж, але ми вистояли. Насправді під час карантину кожному з нас організації відправляли завдання та не скажу що ми нудьгували.
Я працюю в офісі організації Obre’t’ebre, яка займається багатьма проектами окрім ESC. Я активізую соціальні мережі, беру участь в інформативних інтерв’ю, де інформуємо та мотивуємо місцеву молодь брати участь в міжнародних обмінах та волонтерствах. Крім того, я готувалась бути одним з координаторів міжнародного workcamps, але вірус вніс свої корективи і його скасовували.
Також разом з іншими волонтерами з Азорських островів (Португалія), Польщі, Румунії та Туреччини ми займаємось промоушеном Європейського корпусу солідарності та розказуємо місцевим про наш experience та як шукати та подаватись на програми.
Разом з тим вивчаємо каталонську мову та кожен з нас має свого лінгвістичного партнера, з яким можна практикувати мову. Тортоса знаходиться в так званій rural area, життя тут протікає інакше, ніж в Барселоні. Але саме тут можна відчути що таке справжнє community і навіть під час карантину наскільки люди згруповано допомагають один одному. Волонтерство кожному з нас дає щось зрозуміти та чомусь навчитись. Тож якщо ви ще не прожили цей досвід, мерщій шукайте проекти і just live it!
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Яким було моє волонтерство в Іспанії

Наша волонтерка Марія нещодавно повернулась з проекту “Inclusion for all”, що проходив в містечку Тортоса, Іспанія, і ділиться своїми враженнями.👇
Важливість деяких подій можна вповні оцінити тільки після деякого часу по завершенню.
Моє волонтерство знайшло мене восени минулого року і забрало на всю зиму в теплу каталонію, в маленьке містечко Тортоса. Зустріли привітно, тому було легко розкритись для виконання поставлених задач, а саме: я планувала та організовувала культурні, освітні та спортивні активності в молодіжному центрі Punt Jove. Мій проект тривав лише чотири місяці, але за підтримки постійних відвідувачів центру я провела серію майстер-класів з виробів своїми руками (ми виготовляли іграшки з фетру, блокноти з макулатури, різні картонні декорації, мандали з ниток та ловців снів, ліпили з солоного тіста), організувала уроки англійської для початківців, а також серію занять з акройоги у місцевому спортивному центрі. Знайшовся і час на подорожі в межах каталонії, випала нагода відвідати не лише великі міста – Барселону та Валенсію, але і поїздити по маленьких містечках і селах, щоб прослідкувати місцеві традиції зсередини (особливо мене вразили Різдвяні звичаї); завдяки новим друзям я побувала на морі взимку і в горах – вперше в житті.
Вже зараз, вдома, через кілька місяців після завершення, я бачу, наскільки важливим був цей проект для мого особистісного зростання. Я стала більш впевненою в собі і відповідальною, стало легше знаходити спільну мову з людьми, особливо це помітно іноземною мовою (що раніше було для мене неможливим). Мені пощастило розкритися творчо, і я рада, що знайшла друзів та однодумців, які підтримали мене як під час проекту, так і в часи карантинної самоізоляції. Повернувшись додому, я стала ще більше цінувати свій дім, країну, традиції.
Про це важко було сказати одразу, але вже зараз я бачу, що волонтерство в каталонії дало мені час відпочити від турбот, відновити сили і нарешті поставити собі питання: хто я і чого я хочу?. Як результат, я стала більше прислухатися до своїх внутрішніх потреб і краще розуміти, що мені насправді потрібно.
Волонтерство це унікальний досвід, його однозначно варто прожити!
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Яким був досвід волотретства у Греції?

Відгук від Катерини Ачкасової, яка відвідала волонтерський проєкт в місті Яніна, Греція.👇
“I have written lots of motivation letters for volunteering projects. When you answer this motivation question in your head, you start dreaming about a big wonderful trip. You write typical phrases about new friends and experiences, but I would say that you never know what is waiting for you there.
For me it was a beautiful town and all the Greece I could reach. Several people who I could laugh so much with, I learnt their stories and loved them. Every time I think about them I wish we meet again and go to see a sunset or share a meal, play cards or just hug them.
My lovely organization Youth Center. Not everything was very accurate there, done in time or done at all sometimes😅. But I realize that most volunteering organizations are like this. Only after meeting volunteers from other organizations I learnt that I am pretty lucky with mine, that it’s actually different from others. These people cared about me and were ready to help always! And that’s what was important for me. From the first moment, volunteers of the Youth Center didn’t let me feel for a minute that I am “alone in a foreign country”. With a great help of Sotiris (please tag him in FB), of course!
I leant important things there:
– To be initiative. If you want to do something – don’t wait for a push. You should push and act!
– To love myself. Meeting people who loved me, told me that I am a great, hard working, beautiful, special person made me feel much more confident.
– Not to be afraid to ask for help.
– Self reliance. Travelling alone gave me all that confidence to feel that I can stay alone and feel good anywhere. That I will adjust and find how to spend this time nice. That I will find my way out of the situation.
There are many other projects I would prefer to go because I know I could get there more professional skills that I am interested in. These 6 months brought me to the moment where I am now, made me a person I am now, gave me friends I would never met and, I believe, without this experience I wouldn’t have gotten my dream job that I am at now. I would never change this experience to anything else.”
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І ще один відгук з фантастичної Туреччини

І ще один відгук від нашої волонтерки Катерини Буряк, яка провела своє фантастичне літо на проєкті в місті Синоп, Туреччина👇
My project in Sinop was work at Sinopale – the international biennale, preparation and part of the exhibition, which was in the municipal space of The Hal. This is the place where exhibitions and workshops take place throughout the year. But to be a volunteer is not only to follow instructions – it is to look for work yourself, to do something useful in all areas. Therefore, from the first weeks of my being there, I participate in a charity sale for the association for helping homeless animals. I painted illustrations for the children’s game – memory cards, and donated my few watercolors.
Of course you will work as good as you can, give and receive the maximum, because there are people nearby who don’t know that impossible things can exist when @meriurbe is with you – lrem Ebru. This woman organized all the volunteer programs in Sinop, created an independent association for helping homeless animals, collaborates with a state shelter, and this year increased the number of vet volunteers to 3 people and one intern! In her yard, Iram has her own mini-shelter for more than 30 animals. But she takes care of all the social spheres of the city – therefore, she writes programs and approves 2 volunteers for working with lagging children, and 2 volunteers for the cultural sector. We are all the big family! No matter which sector you work in, you can help everywhere, be needed and in demand! Thank you Irem – you are the heart ❣ and only the best are near you, your family is growing all the time!
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Враження від волонтерства в Туреччині

Відгук від нашої волонтерки Катерини Буряк, яка провела своє літо на проєкті в місті Синоп, Туреччина👇
For two months I’m going to tell you about my summer)
It seems that if I`ll write, it will mean that the summer has certainly ended, and it is very difficult to part with it)
There is such a wonderful thing for European youth – the Erasmus and Erasmus + programs they organize and sponsor social and cultural volunteer programs in Europe and neighboring countries.
I found a volunteer project in Facebook – work at the Biennale in Sinop, Turkey, sent them a resume and a motivation letter with my work.
Sinop is a small peninsula of the Black Sea, its narrowest part is only 250 meters wide. This antique city was founded in the 8th century BC. and is the birthplace of the philosopher Diogenes. You will not meet a crowd of foreign tourists here; for the summer, mainly the Turks themselves come. The town is pretty small, a lot of people of art live in it.
👇👇👇 @ Sinop, Turkey

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Топ-цілі на час карантину

Привіт!👋
Ми в Юніт намагаємося по максимуму використовувати позитивне мислення і вбачаємо можливості навіть у кризових ситуаціях.
Підтримуймо одне одного оптимізмом і ділитися своїми топ-цілями на час карантину. Ми почнемо – для Юніту це:
1️⃣ Підтримувати учасників наших проєктів, які лишилися за кордоном
2️⃣ Дослідження нагальних потреб громадянського суспільства і молоді, аби створювати освітні програми на задані теми
3️⃣ Написати нові начальні програми, які ми з радістю вам представимо опісля карантину
4️⃣ Максимально спланувати літні проєкти для вас
5️⃣ Залишатися вдома, мити руки і завжди залишатися на зв’язку з рідними, близькими і, звісно ж, з вами.

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Бережи себе & люби і дбай про близьких

Ми у ЮНІТ, як і ви, дуже вже хочемо веселитися, відвідувати кав’ярні і обійматися з близькими нам людьми. Проте є правила, яким потрібно слідувати всім і кожному без винятків. Це правило доволі просте: залишатися вдома і мити руки. І ми цим правилам слідуємо, адже безбека і власне здоров’я – це найважливіше, що у нас є.
Ось, що думає про карантин проектний менеджер нашої організації Оксана:
“Не варто панікувати, адже стрес прямо впливає на імунну систему. Натомість, можна використовувати час із користю – вивичити нову мову, наприклад, пройти безліч онлайн-курсів. І найголовніше – це лишатися разом і підтримувати людей навколо. Навіть якщо ми і далеко одне від одного на фізичному рівні, у мене є відчуття, що ми ніколи не були в такій єдності усім світом, як зараз”.

Тим часом, ми у Юніт працюємо над створенням нових захоплюючих і соціально важливих навчальних проектів, і вже зовсім скоро у вас буде можливість взяти у них участь.

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Feedback from our EVS-volunteer in Latvia

My name is Arthur, and I am a volunteer. Today, June 29, 2019, the sixth  week of my life in the small town of Silakrogs, which is in the Ropazi region of magnificent Latvia, begins. In 5 weeks that I spent here, I was lucky:

• to see see “ZZ-Championat” – an event that gathers students from all over Latvia in one place every year. During the school year, teams (based on the class) perform certain tasks in order to be able to go to the finals. And here, within 3 days (every one – for a certain age group), Latvian pupils get to the event where they take part in competitions (like karting, rock climbing, obstacles course and many others). My role in all this was to master the Big Jenga (or “Yenga”, as it is called here) game under the flag of Ropažu novads – Ropaži region. The team I had to work with – are wonderful, friendly Latvians, who in the first days had taught me two or three useful expressions and also greeted with my 24th birthday. One of the things I really liked was the support and teamwork among the students I saw while the were playing Jenga. At the end of every of three days some of the Latvian musiciancs performed (Inever thought that there were rapers in Latvia, but witnessed it myself). In general, the event is very cool, with an atmosphere of activity, sports and a great holiday; 

• to attend a sports day at the Ropazi school – a kind of “mini ZZ”. The event and the atmosphere are very similar, but on a smaller scale;

• to take part in a “EU-Ropazi” (a local youth organization) meeting. At the meeting, the events were planned for the summer, as well as the main event – EU-Ropazi fest. And right now I won’t say anything else – let’s keep the intrigue. Oh, and at the second meeting – we had kind of party with games, food aaand movie;

• to go to Riga two times, where I had an opportunity to see St. Peter’s Cathedral, green parks, become a victim of a local bird, go to the Military Museum of Latvia, sit next to the Presidential Palace – and, of course, to meet Ukrainian tourists with their caring for the fellow Ukrainian. In general, Riga, as for me, is a very cozy and beautiful city whose map is quickly absorbed into memory;

• to hang out with my mentor Jānis, where “communication” included: archery, go-karts, a small boat trip, hiking in Sigulda city’s parks;

• to see how the day (formerly multifunctional) centers works – places where children and young people can come to talk, play something (or defeat some Ukrainian volunteer) and generally have fun.  Oh, and Ialso participated in organasing game day (for youngsters) and Ukrainian day (for seniors) in such center in Silakrogs;

• to celebrate Ligo – traditional Latvian celebration of summer soltice. National outfits, songs, delicious cheese and beer and the biggest fire I’ve seen in my whole life. It was worth spending the whole night sleepless, I’m telling you! 

As for now, the impression is positive. Silakrogs – a quiet, peaceful place, the Ropazu novads – a beautiful land with friendly people. Will see what comes next.

July of 2019 in Latvia was not that filled with action and activities…but still had enough of interesting things!

So, first of all, a few of the GOOD WORK FOR THE FUTURE meetings were held. Some nice ideas were born that day – and then went on to be improved and got the shape. The not so good thing was that less people then I expected got really involved – but first we will form the core quality group, then spread in numbers ^_^ 

Second thing which was really, re-e-eally awesome – on-arrival training for volunteers. In my case it took place in Ramava mansion – an old house/museum/hotel where during 4 days people 10 people from Ukraine, Armenia, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Tunisia, France and Egypt had been thrown together and filled with a great amount of new information. And not only did we get to know more about the values of EU, received some useful tools and implemented a project (making Latvia cleaner in our team’s case) – we gained a really wonderful emotional connection. Oh, and networking, also, so Ropazi will see some cool guys coming. After coming back I really felt motivated and full of ideas. Really hope to implement most of them.Also, we had the young (1.5 year old) volunteer ^_^

And, of course, how can’t I mention giving TWO interviews? One – for the newspaper, second – for TV. Talked about how I got into volunteering, my plans, impression of Latvia and some other things.

August 2019 was filled with different things, traveling and meeting lots of new people! Being more specific:

  • Phase 1 of #EUmakeadifference project with “do some-good” poster appearing in towns of Ropazi municipality.
  • Taking part in Eiropas filmas un sarunas event in Ikšķile,presenting the Greek short movie “Party animal” – and getting to know volunteers from Ukraine, France, Poland, Germany.
  • Visiting Ogre with my mentor Janis and going to a road trip to Lielvarde and Salaspils later. Lots and lots of beautiful Latvian nature and crossing Daugava twice – and it was wonderful!
  • Hosting my cousin from Ukraine and showing him places. Going to Jurmala with him – and finally seeing sea…okay, a gulf, but still – seeing a lot of salty water after 5 years.
  • Going to Riga to see Rigas svetki – happy 818th Birthday, Latvia’s capital! Seeing retro cars parade, living statues, concert – and taking part in photo- quest orginised by other volunteers. The atmosphere was amazing!
  • Taking part in ciems days in Kakciems and Silakrogs – the events which show how cozy and friendly small communities might be.September was a month with more activities in the day centers, that si for sure. But the most important part of the month was EU ROPAZI festival. My part was to bring spme volunteers so they could tell about their home countries. So, we had representatives of France, Lithuania, Portugal and, of course, Ukraine. Even though not many people got to our tent (probably,because it was pretty hidden), the experience was worth it. 

October-November was a pretty busy time (sometimes) and during this period the following things happened:

  • THE WINDOWS CLEANING DAY! Ukrainian volunteer and a team of 6 Latvian youngsters came to Silakrogs and made a difference. Washing windows for seniors to see the beauty of the place where they live – it was pretty inspiring. Plus, now I know in which countries to try coffee and cakes (Italy and Austria) ^_^
  • The TEDed club in Ropazi school with a Ukrainian volunteer and English teacher Daira has started – and it’s going pretty good! We even had a call with another TEDed club – from South Africa! Pretty good, eh?
  • Trip to Vilnius, which concluded ‘’Baltic states capitals” tour. The city is awesome, beautiful and people are rea-a-ally into basketball.
  • I HAVE PLANTED A TREE!!!
  • Games in English for kids in Silakrogs and Mucenieki, which is pretty fun!
  • A mini-quest in Silakrogs day center with kids searching for QR-codes, hints in books, solving puzzles – and getting a reward they definitely deserve!
  • Have witnessed a celebration of Latvian Independance day, which was amazing!
  • Had a chance to volunteer at a book about Kakciems (a little town in Ropazi municipality)  presentation, which was pretty interesting.
  • OH, AND I CARVED MY FIRST HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN! 
  • Thanks to Janis the Mentor had a chance to see a Latvian movie Dvēseļu putenis, which is a really good patriotic movie. It’s so good that me, non-Latvian, recommend it to every Latvian I talk to!
  • Thanks to Ilvars, I’ve been to an ice hockey match, and what can I say? Tikai Riga, tikai Dinamo!!! (Also, had an opportunity to try myself as a commentator, which was awesome) 

At the end, I can say that the participation in the project was worth it. Even though not all thet activities nad ideas worked out, this experience is something that will, I hope, be a life-changing. From what I figured out while hanging out with other volunteers – each EVS/ESC experience is unique and one of a kind. And maybe in some things I could have gotten more of mine, I still consider it awesome!

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