22 February 2016 – Last week new community center for internally displaced people (IDP) “Vatra – space of free communication” was opened in Kryvyy Rih. The project was implemented in cooperation with NGO Women’s Hundred with support of the UN Refugee Agency.

The center was opened in the premises of Kryvyy Rih Pedagogical University, where study some 400 displaced students from eastern Ukraine.

The work of community center for IDPs in Kryvyy Rih will be aimed at their integration into the local community. The center will provide the variety of services: legal advice, social and psychological assistance, learning activities on finding employment opportunities. Besides, there will be language courses, cinema club and other educational and culture events.

The community center will closely cooperate with the Donetsk National University of Trade and Economics which was displaced to Kryvyy Rih after the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine.

"We have such a wonderful team, it inspires all around, it's a unique team of the students of the displaced university, the local citizens, the local universities and social services, - is the best combination when displaced persons and the host community do something together", said Natalia Silteeva, Coordinator of NGO Women's Hundred.

“I am an IDP, I don’t have home here, because I live in a dormitory and I can’t call it home. My friends and I needed a place we would feel like home, so we came to the NGO “Women’s Hundred” with the idea of such a place, and they wrote a project to UNHCR and here you see now we have this place where people will be meeting and helping each other. And we are very grateful to all involved!”, added Natalia Vlasenko, 20, IDP student of the displaced Donetsk National University of Economics and Trade.

The overall cost of the project is UAH 100 thousand. It included renovation of the premises provided on a pro bono basis by the Pedagogical University, as well as purchase of furniture and equipment.

The center was opened as part of UNHCR Quick Impact Projects which seek to promote peaceful coexistence between IDPs and local citizens and help to solve the acute problems of hosting communities, such as psycho-social and legal assistance.

22 February 2016 (UNHCR) – Last week new community center for internally displaced people (IDP) “Vatra – space of free communication” was opened in Kryvyy Rih. The project was implemented in cooperation with NGO Women’s Hundred with support of the UN Refugee Agency. The center was opened in the premises of Kryvyy Rih Pedagogical University, where study some 400 displaced students from eastern Ukraine.