Ukrainians in Tatras: summer of solidarity

Dates: June-August 2023

We need:19 000 EUR

We got: 2450 EUR

Donors: 1

Project focuses on linguistic, social and economic integration of Ukrainian refugees who decided to stay in the High Tatras region into the hosting society via a set of educational, mentoring and cultural activities aimed at improving communication between culturally and lingually close Slovaks and Ukrainians, understanding of the specifics of Slovak lifestyle and approach to work and education. The project will promote positive examples of kind relationship between Slovaks and Ukrainians, motivate Slovaks to support refugees and assist Ukrainians to be active members of the society, not only recipients of help.

In order to integrate refugees in Slovakia, a set of activities are proposed to allow them to find suitable employment, to support self-realization, to build mutual friendships and to boost their morale and spirits. A special attention is paid to the care of children and their well-being.

In June-August we plan the following activities:

  • Folklore-gastronomic festival “Wedding in Paradise” in national park Slovak Paradise with the special program for Ukrainian refugees (150 Ukrainians expected) on July, 15
  • Programs for adaptation and psychological support of women: 12 nordic walking tours x 20 p., 12 art-therapy programs x 15 p
  • 20+ tours with guides and volunteers for families;
  • 5 cultural events for at least  as symbolic cultural bridge and celebration of SK and UA art, music and culinary heritage
What is the initiative “Tatras help Ukraine”?

In March a spontaneous partnership of 5 SK and 1 UA NGOs was created for providing lodging, food, transport or adaptation activities for refugees coming to Uzhgorod and to the High Tatras region. We created a multi-task team, established a call-centre in order to provide a set of services for 1500 refugees from the first welcome at arrival to sharing information about possibilities for lodging, medical services, migration issues, employment, sport, cultural and education activities. Already 130 refugees  learned Slovak language. We organised assistance with employment for more than 150 people, provided humanitarian aid for total sum more than 60 000 EUR.

Our Slovak-Ukrainian volunteer team