War and Us

East Europe Foundation has already completed the project to renovate and equip 29 shelters in six cities of Ukraine. Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum is one of the schools under the Foundation’s patronage.

It is a vocational school for musically talented children that offers boarding to 120 students coming from different parts of Ukraine. The total number of school students is 420.

Unfortunately, the school shelter is in poor condition and requires urgent repairs. The ventilation system is not up to the modern standards to allow people to stay in the shelter for a long time.

The shelter needs to be waterproofed additionally, since the heavy rainwater has already damaged the inner walls causing mold to appear which can be harmful to children’s health.

The charity event featured both a performance by a volunteer singer Dmytro Vasyliev and an auction to offer eight lots. The auction lots included a flag from Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, a cap from the head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov, a T-shirt from General Oleksandr Syrskyi, and a flag and stamps from Ukraine Defence Minister Oleksii Rieznikov.

Two paintings were also sold. The first painting is “Wings” by Tata Remenieva, volunteer and art therapist with 20 years of experience working with children with special needs. Tata is currently serving in the Kyiv terrorist defense, protecting the capital city’s sky from the Shahed drones.

The second painting – “The sky is for us!” – is by Vitalii Kyrychenko, artist, children’s writer, and volunteer.

“The funds raised will be used by the Foundation to equip the school shelter. Moreover, we plan to create a “safety corner” in the building, where children will be able to learn the rules of safe behavior in case of emergencies,” said Victor Liakh, President of East Europe Foundation. “We consider purchasing games and interactive materials for children to help them learn and control their inner self.”

The event was held within the framework of the Spilnodiia Program, implemented by East Europe Foundation in partnership with the Ukrainian Independent Center for Political Research and Together Against Corruption nongovernmental organization with funds from the European Union.