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Ukraine trusts the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation – survey data


The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is the most famous charitable organization in Ukraine. This is evidenced by research data from Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

According to the KIIS Deputy Director, Anton Hrushevskyi, 94% of Ukrainians and 99% of residents of the controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts are aware of what the Foundation does.  Almost half of the population of Ukraine (48%) called the Foundation the largest private charitable organization in the country. 52% of the Donbass respondents agree with this.

According to him, now the issues of health care and its development have been updated. In particular, this is caused by the  coronavirus situation.

"Every second resident of Ukraine and Donbass knows that the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation helps the country with high-quality medical equipment – ventilators and diagnostic tools to fight the coronavirus (58% and 52%, respectively)," Anton Hrushetskyi said.

More than 60% of respondents know about the Fund's provision of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus epidemic for doctors, as well as about the large-scale project 200 Ambulances for Ukraine, which the Foundation implemented in 2019 according to the personal decision of Rinat Akhmetov .

Furthermore, every fifth Ukrainian and every fourth resident of Donbass is convinced that the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is most actively involved in the development of healthcare in Ukraine.

According to the KIIS research, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is a charitable organization that residents of Ukraine trust most of all. This is the opinion of 39% of the Donbass residents and a third of Ukrainians.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation also helps children more than other charitable organizations. This opinion is shared by every third resident of Ukraine as a whole, as well as every second resident of Donbass.

Therefore, the survey showed that the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is the organization that is most extensively and systematically engaged to combat the problem of orphanhood in the country. Every third resident of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts believe so. Every fourth Ukrainian agrees with this statement.

Moreover, 31% of respondents named the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation as the leader of Ukrainian charity activities aimed at fighting heart diseases among children. 41% of the Donbass population know this.

In addition, the majority of Ukrainians (64%) believe that the Donbass residents would not have survived without Rinat Akhmetov's humanitarian aid. 79% of respondents in the east of the country agree with this.

More than 80% of Ukrainians know about helping residents of the contact line with food packages. The vast majority of Donbass residents (93%) are aware of the scale of Rinat Akhmetov's assistance.

"Thanks to sociological research in 2014, when the War in Donbass began, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation created a humanitarian map of the needs of the civilian population. This made it possible to provide assistance in a timely and effective manner where it was most needed. This map was the only reference point for all humanitarian organizations for the first year and a half of the conflict. Thus, more than 12.5 million survival kits were issued as part of the Foundation's largest program — the Humanitarian Center. Rinat Akhmetov's help saved a million lives in Donbass,"  Yulia Yershova, Director of the Communications Department of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, said.

She noted that a million saved lives means a million saved destinies. Every civilian in Donbass has his/her own history of struggle and mischief. Each of them must be collected and documented. According to the KIIS research, the absolute majority of the population of Ukraine and residents of Donbass are sure of this – 86% and 89%, respectively. In addition, almost half of the Donbass residents are ready to talk about how the armed conflict affected their lives. Therefore, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is holding an unprecedented national event – the Civilians' Week — the third year in a Row.

"The expert presentation of the Civilians' Voices Museum concept, founded by the Foundation, will be its main event this year. This will be the largest collection of Civilian stories in Ukraine and the largest in the world. It is planned that most of them will be collected as video testimonies. The Museum is an opportunity for the Donbass residents to tell their story and let the world hear, feel and understand all their pain. Even before the Museum's announcement, the Foundation has already collected 1,000 first-person stories," Yulia Yershova explained.

A large-scale presentation of the Civilians' Voices Museum is scheduled for November this year.