Program Updates | Ukraine

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March 18, 2020

Zhytomyr Oblast is famous for its bountiful forests, where people collect mushrooms and wild berries, which are plentiful and found everywhere. For centuries, local residents have harvested nature’s gifts for personal consumption from under the trees and shrub that cover 25 percent of the region's land mass.  From early childhood, kids learn the best places in the nearby forests to find mushrooms and berries. 

February 26, 2020

Ukrainian entrepreneur Roman Kirihetov captivated global investors in the public launch of his Flash Beats app at Web Summit 2019 Lisbon, one of the world’s leading tech events. 

The iOS app creates unique and mesmerizing light shows based on the rhythm and beat of music generated through smart phones to enhance the atmosphere of any gathering, whether an intimate party or a large public event.  When connected to screens of any type and size, light images from the phones of any number of participants combine to create an even more complex visual experience. 

February 7, 2020

Ukrainian NGO collaborates with local government to repair a vital roadway 

“It is great when the result of our work is a repaired road, on which children go to school and which is extremely important for the region.” – Olga Nos 

Over the past six months, Olga Nos has worked with the Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) Initiative Ukraine, which is supported by USAID’s Support for Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions (SACCI) activity, to advocate for road improvements. 

January 15, 2020

After completing his military service in the conflict zone in Donetsk Oblast, Ivan, a 37-year-old veteran, returned home to his wife and daughter. He struggled to find a full-time job and resorted to performing odd jobs at construction sites to make ends meet. Ivan’s extremely difficult financial situation ultimately led him to illegal drug dealing, which ended with his arrest and incarceration in a pre-trial detention center, and eventual probation.

December 20, 2019

HIV-positive Kateryna lost her baby due to ignorance and a misguided belief in stereotypes. She wanted to prove to the world that she and her son were healthy and that HIV could not affect them.