Life stories
Warmth in Chuhuiv Style
Before the great war, ME "Chuhuivteplo" was the city’s heating lifeline. However, enemy bombardment severely damaged most of the boiler houses and heating networks.
Even Amidst War, the Water Flows On
Despite being encircled by hostile forces, Sumy Water Services Company persevered, recognizing the indispensability of their services to the local populace.
Mentoring in Project Management
Experts from the PMI have made a remarkable contribution to the education of public servants. These invited mentors offered individual consultations to participants. Discover how this unfolded in our narrative.
Help for The Sake of Bread
As the full-scale invasion commenced, the Chernihiv region was the first to face the onslaught. Bakery No. 2 ensured the delivery of baked goods to shelters.
A Ray of Sunshine for Sumy’s Agriculture
Agricultural company "Severinivska" was damaged by enemy shelling. In particular, in the energy sector. Read how support from the "Power Up!" project helps the company work.
“We Care Deeply, and We Are Not Alone in This Journey"
In a bid to support the region, the Regional Development Agency “Office of European Integration” in Kherson Oblast has reignited its operations through the “Recovery and Resilience” program.
How to manage projects to benefit Ukraine
The story of Viktoriia Hlushko, a civil servant who enrolled in the Recovery and Resilience Program. Read this article to learn how the knowledge of project management can help to work during the war.
With Bakhmut at Heart
This is the tale of the “Bakhmut Community Development Agency”, a Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The Journey of the CSO “Building the Future Together”
The “Building the Future Together” Charitable Foundation has emerged as a beacon of hope for the residents of the Kharkiv region, deeply affected by the russian invasion.
From Journalism to Volunteering: A Single Step
The Kherson-based CSO has been providing aid since the onset of the full-scale invasion, persevering through occupation, the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP, and daily shellings.
How Repair Together NGO Turn a Volunteer Cleanup Into a Party
Repair Together NGO encourages the work of volunteers and rebuilds the villages affected by the war in Chernihiv Oblast
How Solomiansky Kotyky Save Lives
A fund that works in the field of pre-medical care and mine action
“Sometimes minutes count when you have saved a person's life”
Co-founder of the NGO Volunteer about volunteer training in Ukraine
Good Morning, We Are From Mariupol: How Mariupol Residents Help Other IDPs
As a resettlement organization, Eleos-Donetsk promoting a culture of volunteering and charity
Ukraine Recovery as a Way to Educate Youth
How BUR forms its community of camp leaders
“They say that the state should provide us with everything...”
A volunteer from the Lviv region created a fire brigade in the village
An old outpatient clinic, and a 70-year-old partisan
As a volunteer doctor, she visited the de-occupied Kherson region
Supporting Those Who Support
About the experience of supporting volunteer centers in Kirovohrad region
“If everyone acts the way I do...”
Three stories about the State Emergency Service volunteers: about a doctor, a rescuer, and a firefighter
People Finally Got a Chance to Speak Out
How the Invincible (Nezlamni) Hub Works in the De-Occupied City
Humanitarian and Psychological Aid
How Activists from Kramatorsk Help IDPs
The story of grantee: “MIG” newspaper
How a Zaporizhzhia weekly newspaper continued to print special editions of the newspaper despite being close to the frontlines, a lack of funding, blackouts, shelling, and propaganda
The story of a "Stiykist'" Programme grantee Sebto Media
About the transformation from an educational center to a complete comprehensive media in the conditions of a full-scale war, about courageous experiments and loyalty to one's audience
Community experience: Trostyanets
What happened in the first days after the invasion? What kind of destruction did the community suffer, how did it recover, and how is Trostianets overcoming the challenges now?
Сommunity experience: Chervonohrad
About the life of the Chervonohrad community during the war, successful examples of local community communication with IDPs and cooperation with partner cities
Сommunity experience: Starobilsk
About the life of the Starobilsk community from the first month under occupation and plans for the post-war Ukrainian future
Community experience: Drohobych
Practices of adaptation and integration of internally displaced persons, effective interaction between local governments and new residents
Russians stopped broadcasting
How local media have withstood the full-scale war and offered their audiences a new and much-needed product
Shelter for IDP Women
The Lviv-based NGO Women’s Perspectives Center helps women who have fled from territories under occupation or active hostilities.
Women's leadership
How a librarian from a village in Volyn Oblast headed the Citizen Activity Centre in Ukraine, which became the headquarters of women’s leadership
Place of Power in Uzhhorod
After relocating to Uzhhorod, the organization continued to work with both local and displaced Romani women who moved to Transcarpathia to escape the war
Social enterprise in a frontline city
The AnVita clinic successfully operated in Dobropillya town, Donetsk region, until February 2022, but Russian aggression endangered not only the operation of the clinic but also people's lives. A microgrant from the EU4Business programme helped to save the business.
The Art of Dance During the War
Kyiv became a new home for the choreographer, where Liliya decided to start her business from scratch. A microgrant from the EU4Business provided support for her.
Fighting fake news
How the SVOI chatbot helped combat disinformation in Smidyn community at the beginning of the great war

Clear the land of enemies and pests
At the beginning of the Great War, the business of “NPC DESPROFMED” was almost completely destroyed. A microgrant from the EU4Business programme helped them to resist.
Yummy snEco Snacks
To survive, the company Prime Snack had to be relocated from Kharkiv to Mukachevo. The manufacturing at a new place has been resumed thanks to a microgrant from EU4Business.
Youth and e-democracy tools
A pizza box and a little determination: How the Bershad Community’s Youth Council managed to become the leader of electronic surveys in the Vinnytsia Oblast
Sweet Enterprise in Bitter Times
A few months after the start of Russia’s full-scale war, Larisa Kapranova started life from scratch in Kyiv. A microgrant from the EU4Business program was a significant help.
Saving Itself and the Military
The spring of 2022 could have been the last one for the OrtoSano Clinic. A microgrant by the EU4Business programme became a lifeline for the business.
Clear Water during the Great War
Svitlana Molchanova’s company, Clear Water, has not stopped its work since the war’s outbreak. Yet, the company was on the verge of going out of business at the war’s outset. The EU4Business programme’s microgrant helped the company stay in business to serve its customers in existential conditions.
To Learn and Not Give Up
How a Poltava computer science school teacher continues to teach children during the Russian war on Ukraine
Working for Victory
How Natalia Pokryshchuk led Illintsi Citizen Activity Center to become the community working so hard to near the victory
Brave and Strong in Spirit
A doctor from Donetsk oblast lost his home and workplace but found aspiration to keep working thanks to the grant financial support
We like it here, but we miss home
Vinnytsia oblast became a shelter for many internally displaced persons. We share some stories of people who found a temporary home here
Історії з Шелтеру
We moved on, assisting each other
Iryna tells how she left Chernihiv on the tenth day of war and found shelter in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast
Пані Ірина з чоловіком, переселенці з Чернігівщини
The Civic Leadership Academy was the discovery of the year for me
How the Academy helped to find like-minded people and organize the first art festival in Sloviansk
At the Academy, I finally found myself
How did the Civic Leadership Academy help Oksana Kotikova, a volunteer from Mariupol, find herself
How coaching helped to listen to myself
Coaching often leads to quite unexpected results. How it is influenced community activist from Konotop Yevhen Pavlov – in this story
Євгеній Павлов
How to support CSO team during COVID-19
About materly leadership style and small improvements every month - the story of the project manager of the CSO "Peli can live"
Катерина Мірошніченко
After the Academy, just take it and do it
How the knowledge gained at the Civic Leadership Academy helps to make a dream come true
The discussion at the Academy is surprising and inspiring
How the Academy helped to understand that all "space" plans can be realized through the exchange of knowledge and experience
Coaching showed me how to think differently
Public activism and other main place of work. How to combine and how can coaching help? Read in the material.
The Academy spurred me to start moving
How studying at the Civic leadership academy helped Ludmila Absava, the head of the Global View NGO, hold the first-ever Kherson Zero Waste Eco-Festival
To overcome challenges and grow
How coaching can help to preserve the organisation and ensure its long-term growth.
Наталія Захарова
Coaching to help
How coaching helps to Irina Saranch, the Chair of the Board at NGO "Parostok", to overcome professional burnout
Ірина Саранча
Shkilniy Vulyk
How schoolkids in Kyiv Oblast tried commercial beekeeping—and succeeded
Overcoming the effects of the pandemic
How the EEF supported Ukraine’s legislature during the COVID-19 pandemic
The power of the public budget
How an activist saved her neighborhood from traffic accidents