On January 16, 2016 the representatives of “HOPE worldwide” international charity organization and “HOPE worldwide of Canada” charitable organization spoke about the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project at the 1st Highway Liberty Human Rights Conference 2016 “Ukraine’s Unnoticed Humanitarian Crisis: Impact and Solutions” in Toronto.
Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator of “HOPE worldwide” and Taras Kulish, International Relations Officer of “HOPE worldwide of Canada” told the participants about the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project and the organization’s response in Canada, USA and Ukraine to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) for psychological and humanitarian assistance. Charles Ham, in particular, noted that the project will improve the living conditions and psychological outlook of the IDPs in Ukraine and to strengthen the chances of Ukrainian children to lead fulfilling lives. While presenting the project results in 2015 and our plans for 2016, Taras Kulish emphasized that the “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” program is unique and helps children overcome the long term effects of post-traumatic stress disorders.
Ukrainian diplomats participated in the conference as well. Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Andriy Shevchenko and Liudmyla Davydovych, Acting Consul General of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto told about the state assistance to the internally displaced persons. And “The Displaced in Ukraine – A Point of No Return” movie demonstrated that a lot still had to be done for the IDPs.
There are over 1.6 million officially registered IDPs from Donbas and Crimea. Yaroslav Dimnych, Humanitarian Affairs Officer and Regional Coordinator at the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) noted that the Government of Ukraine is not doing enough to solve the problems of IDPs, since a large amount of buildings that are in ownership of the Ministry of Defense, State Service of Ukraine and other state institutions could be used for IDPs.
The participants of the conference honoured the memory of fallen heroes with a minute of silence to mark the anniversary of the tragedy in Donetsk Airport. Serhiy Loiko, the writer, journalist and photographer, presented his book about “cyborgs”, Ukrainian soldiers in Donetsk – “The Airport”. Everyone had a chance to see the photo exhibition about Donetsk airport and get an autograph from the author. Part of the books was handed to Ukrainian Canadian Social Services.
Thanks to the generosity of the conference participants, $4,500 out of $7950 budget have been collected (ticket sales and donations) to implement the Phase IV of the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project. The money will be sent to Ukraine by HOPE worldwide of Canada to hold “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” trainings and therapy sessions in Dnipropetrovsk.
Help us to get the remaining $3,450 of the budget – contribute to helping IDPs children and their families and bringing hope in their lives!
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