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More than a million saved lives: Day of Charity in Ukraine


Every third citizen of our country donates for good purposes, and according to the experts, there are more and more benefactors every single year. While in 2014 Ukraine was ranked 103rd out of 139 in the world charity rating, according to the World Giving Index, in 2017 the country rose to the 90th position. This is the achievement with which Ukraine has entered the Day of Charity, which started to be celebrated nationwide 10 years ago.

One of the largest organizations in the country that provides assistance to those who are in need is Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Over more than 12 years, dozens of large-scale projects have been implemented. Among them are programmes aimed at preserving the national health, fighting tuberculosis and oncology diseases. The Foundation also helps children deprived of parental care. Thus, with the help of “Say No to Orphanhood!” portal, more than 8,800 children have found their new families.

The organization has made a significant contribution to the development of modern education and culture. Thanks to the support of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, Lviv Natural History Museum, which had been closed for visitors for 20 years, resumed its work. Now the museum is preparing to present a new, unique exposition to the city dwellers and tourists.

One of the key directions of the Foundation's work has been helping people who found themselves in the conflict zone in Donbas. With the outbreak of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, the Foundation was the first to begin evacuating civilians. In August of 2014 Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre was established.

In the history of modern Ukraine, the work of the Humanitarian Centre is an example of the largest-scale support of the population. For the fourth year in a row, the products convoys have been saving Donbas civilians. And people are waiting for this help.

“The most important thing is human life. We provide assistance to the most vulnerable civilian groups in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Our mobile delivery teams have made more than 500 visits to the most dangerous and hard-to-reach settlements including those of the “grey” zone - where people do not have access to the products they need to survive. The teams made it possible to deliver assistance to more than 90 percent of villages and towns along the contact line,” said Oleksandr Vyshniakov, the director of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre.

Civilians in the east of the country survive thanks to the system support of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre. It is provided to the elderly and disabled people as well as to children. During the entire period of the Centre’s operation, almost 12 million survival kits were issued in 750 settlements of Donbas.

There are many figures, but each of them means fate and real help, often saving lives. Especially the war-affected lives.

The Foundation continues to do everything possible to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Donbas. Thanks to its activities in the east of the country, more than a million people have already been saved.

The saved lives - this is the primary meaning of the word “charity” for Rinat Akhmetov Foundation today.

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