Hromadske Radio spent a week in New York City and Washington, DC to connect with their US counterparts in public radio. Razom volunteers arranged the program and hosted the team, and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv awarded Hromadske Radio a travel grant.
Razom has always had active volunteers doing a wide array of projects in Ukraine and now we have an official registered charitable fund “Razom for Ukraine” (<<Разом для України>>) under which we will be operating.
In the April Razom IT Speaker Series event at Civic Hall, Jakob Kegel spoke about Beetroot Academy‘s recent initiative “Frontend-developer: Training Program for Internally Displaced People in Ukraine.” The program is free of charge and designed for IDPs from Crimea and eastern Ukraine. About 30% of Beetroot Academy students are women and 50% of the graduates get placed as developers full time.
Hugo is joining Odesa team from Washington, D.C., where he has studied the conflict in Donbas at a think tank since 2014. As a RWB Fellow, Hugo will be promoting local small businesses working in sectors like tourism, IT, and alternative energy. His work with local government, businesses, and investors will aim to help Odesa’s economy thrive and empower reform-minded Odesans to effect positive change in the region.
Razom co-sponsored a discussion at Civic Hall on March 17th that brought together a delegation of activist from Ukraine to discuss the situation in Crimea with people from around the New York City area interested in Crimea and human rights. The event was titled: The Catastrophic Collapse of Independent Media in Crimea: The Last Two Years and the Road Ahead.
Razom IT decided to head over to Austin, Texas to find projects with roots in Ukraine who participated in the festival of tech, film and music. As is our custom, we got the word out, visited the convention center and hosted a pop-up happy hour.
Big thanks to our Toy Drive volunteers for putting together and sending gifts for the little ones in the Karapchivskiy Orphanage (40 kids, ages 6-8) in Karapchiv, Chernivets’ka oblast, Ukraine. Thinking of the future of Ukraine.
By Nastia Rab
In February, Razom welcomed Ilia Kenigshtein to New York as part of its Razom IT speaker series to present his most recent venture – Creative Quarter. The venture aims to transform an abandoned tram depot in Lviv, Ukraine into a bustling innovation hub — a place for work, creativity, learning, leisure and entertainment under one roof.
Reformers Without Borders (RWB) is a short-term exchange program that brings fellows from the United States and other countries to Ukraine to work on building a bridge of trust between local governing bodies and citizens. Fellows will build and maintain an open relationship between government and civil society to support reform projects.
Razom has provided a $3,000 grant to the Support Hospitals in Ukraine project. The project is committed to raise $100,000 to send five 40-foot containers to Ukrainian hospitals in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and other areas in need. Five containers will equate to more than $2 million worth of medical equipment and supplies that are specifically requested by hospitals in Ukraine.