The Youth from Volnovakha Took Part in the Work of the Integration Camp in Carpathian Region Print
Monday, 27 August 2018 16:38

The youth from Volnovakha and Myrnyi came to the Carpathian region within the framework of the youth exchange program. Girls and boys aged 15 to 17 years spent a week relaxing in a camp in the village of Yablunytsa, Yaremche district.

An integration camp for young people was organized by Frankivsk Caritas in cooperation with Caritas Volnovakha.

The purpose of the youth exchange program is to initiate a dialogue between children and young people from the west and east of Ukraine in order to reconcile and disperse the myths and stereotypes that were inspired by pro-Russian propaganda.

"Volnovakha and Ivano-Frankivsk are twin cities therefore our city was chosen for the first youth exchange," says Natalia Kozakevych, Executive Director of Ivano-FrankivskCaritas," we accepted youth from the east happily because the most of them, especially those who live on the line of demarcation, had no opportunity to travel and rest in summer camps from the beginning of the military conflict."

The integration camp was attended by 29 young people from Volnovakha, Myrnyi and Ivano-Frankivsk. The integration camp was attended by young people visiting the Frankivsk Caritas Family Support Center.

The arrival of guests from Volnovakha began with a tour toLviv.It was then Ivano-Frankivsk and acquaintance with Frankivsk youth.The weekly camp at Yablunytsia has made it possible for young people to make friends, exchange views, understand their individual and regional identity and learn the culture and customs of the Carpathian region.

Various master classes, trainings for a psychologist, talks with a priest, hiking, forest and a common leisure rallied young people.Most of all the young people were impressed by the ascent to Hoverla.

"Thanks to the organizers for this unforgettable trip to the Carpathians and especially for the incredible landscape from the highest mountain of Ukraine - Hoverla, - shares his impressions Oleksandr from Volnovakha.– During the rest I found new friends, visited beautiful places, learned about the culture and customs of this region. I will tell all my friends and classmatesabout this holiday."

On the last day of the youth camp they stacked hills in the woods near the wad, fried potatoes with lard and shared their impressions.Boys and girls have bought many souvenirs in memory of camp.

"It was extremely important for our children to see that the east and west are the only country," says mother of one of the participants of the camp HalynaRomanovskafrom Myrnyi. – Trainings of psychologists, master-classes of the family assistant were very useful for them.Such integration camps need to be organized more often. Now it's just necessary."

The last day of the visit in the Carpathian region fell on Independence Day.The young people from the east spent the day in Ivano-Frankivsk.They took part in celebrations, photographed and viewed the city from the observation deck of the city hall.

The organizers of the youth exchange program aim to create a space for interregional communication and cooperation of socially active citizens, especially young people. In the future monthly Skype meetings will be held between young people to discuss interesting topics related to the cultural and political life of the country as well as the implementation of joint social projects.

The Integration Camp was organized within the framework of the projects "Organization of the Youth Exchange Program for Children and Youth of the Volnovakha District of Donetsk Region" with the financial support of the Graz Eparchy and "Creation of a Family Support Center as a Model for the Integration of Displaced Persons and Host Communities in Ukraine".The project was co-financed by the Polish Aid Development Cooperation Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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