“Restoring Donbas” opened the Center of social help in Sumy
15:07 / 18 May. 2016 / 1317
Today in Sumy, community initiative “Restoring Donbas” opened the Center of social help, for residents of the city and region. This Centre is not the first. Such Centres work in Kyiv, Lisichansk (Lugansk region).
The people from Sumy hosted 16 thousand IDPs from Donbas. A number of children, pensioners and disabled persons came to Sumy are in need for special care and support. But we see our mission not only in help but in socialization and integration both IDPs and the local community and do it by various trainings, educational, cultural and sports activities, lectures of kids psychologists, assistance to talented kids, support Sumy’s community initiatives, -said Elena Petryaeva, the Head of Restoring Donbas Initiative.
The residences of Sumy really assisted the people run from the war in Donbas in hosting, employment and consulting. But sometimes there’re cases of misunderstanding.
Our new Centre is for those who wants to unite the efforts of the local community and IDPs to adoption to the society, – noted Vladimir Tikhenko, the Director of the Centre.
The first step for such union was done just at the opening day. Restoring Donbas Initiative and five Sumy non-governmental organizations signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The memorandum was signed between “Horlitsa”, Charitable Organization, “Kalinovo Grono”, Sumy Regional Family support and development NGO, “Samarytyane of Sumshchyny”, NGO, “Satva”, Sumy Regional Charitable Organization and “Sumy Community Village”, NGO.
We really hope that our new Centre would be beneficial for mutual adoption both the local and IDPs. The Memorandum signed today is the real mechanism for it,- admitted Larissa Tikhenko, the Chairman of the Board of Charitable Organization “Horlitsa”.
“Children of Ukraine to Donbas children” exhibition of children’s drawings and “ART-mother” exhibition of pictures made by IDPs from Donbas were the summary for the opening the Centre.
Social Assistance Center address: Kharkiv Str., 20 Sumy
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