Serhiy Zhadan Charitable Foundation, a non-profit registered in Ukraine, supports a variety of educational, cultural and healthcare initiatives in the Ukrainian East, to help the communities ravaged by war feel an essential part of Ukrainian society. The future of Eastern Ukraine will depend on whether or not people—and especially children—living in these regions have decent living conditions, adequate medical care, a full-fledged cultural scene, and constant contact with other regions across Ukraine.
Razom and renowned Ukrainian poet and activist Serhiy Zhadan have teamed up to support the work of his Charitable Foundation in front-line communities in the Ukrainian East.
Some of The Foundation’s projects since 2014 include:
Supporting schools, kindergartens orphanages and child care facilities in the towns of Starobilsk, Stanytsia Luhanska, Tryokhizbenka, Shchastya, Hirske, Avdiivka, Kostiantynivka and Izium, where volunteers delivered books, toys, and clothing; organized and financed educational trips to Kharkiv.
Providing equipment and emergency vehicles for the hospitals in Svatove, Starobilsk, and Lysychansk.
Organizing arts and music festival, Road to the East, in Svatove (2016) and Izium (2017), which drew over 7,000 attendees.
Supporting the EdCamp movement (www.edcamp.org.ua), including funding Stanytsia Luhanska children’s travel to a conference in Kharkiv, and organizing mini-EdCam in Stanytsia; plans include future trips to Kharkiv EdCamp for the students from Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Supporting patriotic development of the children in Myronivskiy: supplied national Ukrainian costumes and organized a master-class in traditional Cossak martial arts in preparation for the students’ participation in the national patriotic games Dzhura.
In partnership with the Early Intervention Institute, developing an Inclusive Education approach and providing training to teachers in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska.
Organizing a summer travel program, Мандрівники зі Сходу, for high schoolers from Zolote, which will fulfill childrens’ dream of visiting places outside of their native Luhansk region.