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Unique help experience: Exhibition of the Humanitarian Center was opened in Druzhkivka


The grand opening of the exhibition of the Humanitarian Center, the largest program of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, was held at the Druzhkivka Museum of History and Art. This is one of six permanent expositions dedicated to the activities of the largest personal charity initiative in Ukraine.

The exhibits presented at the exhibition tell about the unique experience of the Humanitarian Center in helping civilians in a critical situation. And they also tell about the people surviving in incredible difficult conditions thanks to this help and self-sacrificing work of volunteers.

Yuliia Malich, Project and Program Manager at the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, said at the opening ceremony that the subject of the exhibition remained extremely relevant.

“The conflict in Donbas continues, and millions of civilians in the region still need humanitarian aid. According to the survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, 85% of the region’s residents would not have survived without Rinat Akhmetov’s help. Almost 72% of respondents in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts called the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation a leader in helping the local population. From the first days of the conflict, Rinat Akhmetov helped and continues to help the neediest: old people, children and people with disabilities. Thanks to this aid, the lives of a million people have been saved,” said Yuliia Malich.

Civilians, who visited the opening of the exhibition, shared their memories of Rinat Akhmetov’s help.

“When I came to Druzhkivka, I knew for sure: my children will always be fed, because the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation will always help us,” said Liudmyla, mother of many children.

One of the main exhibits was a unique photo book “Donbass and Civilians” which was handed over by representatives of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. It tells about old people who have to survive in the zone of military operations. About families forced to leave their home. About wounded children who survived contrary to the forecasts of doctors. And hope for the peace that they save thanks to the help by Rinat Akhmetov.

The exhibition at the Druzhkivka Museum of History and Art has been permanently working since 20 February.

The photo book “Donbass and Civilians” is 11 stories of civilians in Kramatorsk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Pisky and other settlements who are in the epicenter of the conflict in Donbass. The photo book was a shocking revelation for many people in Ukraine and Europe. It was nominated as “The Best Social Photo Book of the Year” by the Ukrainian Library Fund and was already presented in Kyiv, Lviv, Mariupol, Brussels and Frankfurt am Main and Strasbourg.