The Shelter project in Lviv (Western Ukraine) supports refugee children and young people through psychological counselling and leisure and educational activities. The aim is to relieve the burden on families and to offer children an opportunity to find employment and overcome trauma. The project is self-organized by young volunteers.

  • Ort, Land:
    Lwiw, Ukraine
  • Partnerorganisation:
    All-Ukrainian Forum for Democracy
  • Laufzeit:
    16.05.2022-15.08.2022

Young people who have been involved in voluntary work for many years set up the “Shelter” project, with which they want to give children and young people new perspectives in their current place of residence: Through leisure and educational activities, a space is created that provides a time-out from the ever-present threats and uncertainties. New learning environments, joint games, creative work and sporting competitions strengthen the cohesion of the young refugees and enable new friendships. The young people get to know their new place of residence and can recover a little from the constant threat.

The diverse care services make the new life easier for families. Mothers are particularly exposed to multiple burdens in this situation: childcare, a new place of residence, and care for relatives and acquaintances characterize the new everyday life. Recreational programs for children and adolescents create new freedom here. Psychological support and legal counselling are also provided.

The special thing about the programs is that they are organized by young people for young people: Children and young people between the ages of 4 and 16 can take part in the programs. Older young people and refugees are used as trainers. The aim is to create a shared, self-organized space for mutual support that can quickly adapt to changing requirements.

Update (24.05.2022):

Last week, a chess school was opened in the Shelter Project. A first tournament is coming up soon, in which both young refugees and local youth will participate. In addition, several recreational activities, such as football training and outdoor games, are taking place. Traditional Ukrainian clothes were designed in a creative course.

An outdoor cinema is planned for the next few weeks, where family films will be shown. This way, parents and their children can also take part in the project’s activities together.