From Group Therapy to Social Cohesion

This project was funded by the British Embassy in Kyiv in 2023-4 and aims to spread knowledge of various therapies and how they can help reduce stress among victims of war. It is now in its final stages, with participating community-based organisation reflecting on their experiences and considering how to follow up and to spread …

Winter is here again!

Winter has arrived in Ukraine. After a mild autumn, it has been snowing heavily! This is the latest weather report: “Heavy snowfall across the whole country prompted the closure of 14 highways while 16 of Ukraine’s 24 regions were experiencing power cuts. Especially harsh conditions were reported in the southern regions of Odesa and Mykolayiv, …

Many kinds of therapy

As we have already mentioned, The BEARR Trust is increasingly directing its efforts in Ukraine, funded by the appeal we launched in February 2022, into various kinds of therapeutic work by our Ukrainian partners. Many of them started this activity, including art and drama therapy, last year, and made a special effort for displaced and …

A careers workshop for Ukrainian refugee children in Moldova, and new Easter traditions 

The League of Polish Women have been active in Moldova for a long time, and a BEARR grantee for many years. They are always thinking up new ways of supporting vulnerable people, and have organised a careers workshop for Ukrainian refugee teenagers. This is what the organisers said about the course:  “Thanks to financial support …

International Women’s Day 2023 – a salute to the women of Ukraine

Ukrainian women – both inside Ukraine and beyond its borders – have played a crucial and remarkable role in sustaining their country’s well-being and morale, as well as that of their children, over the past year. We salute them, and share a collection of articles about the women of Ukraine at this difficult time: The …

A long, cold, frightening winter – help is needed more than ever

In Ukraine many areas, including the capital Kyiv, other Ukrainian cities and recently liberated cities towns and villages (or “de-occupied” as Ukrainians term it) remain under bombardment. “De-occupied” seems a better term, as liberation sounds very positive, whereas the reality is that places like Kherson and Kharkiv are still under constant fire, as are cities …

War in winter and how our funds help people survive

On 23 November, Russia launched the fifth massive attack on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure nationwide, causing widespread blackouts in Kyiv and other cities. Moldova also suffered power outages as a consequence. Scheduled and emergency blackouts have been imposed all over Ukraine, to balance the network, but the overall shortfall of electricity is at least 30%. Millions of people spend many …

Winter comes to Ukraine

It has already been below freezing at night in eastern Ukraine. The same is expected this week in Kyiv, and there is likely to be snow soon too. Because of deliberate destruction of electric power infrastructure by Russia 40% of the population of Ukraine are experiencing rolling blackouts, with Kyiv city and region among the …

War continues, winter approaches, BEARR’s partners keep working

The vicious attacks on Ukraine and its civilians and civilian infrastructure are into their eighth month, and tens of thousands of homes in cities, towns and villages lie in ruins. Countless lives have been lost or devastated and many people, both sheltering abroad and still in Ukraine, wonder what winter will bring, and how they …

How we use the funds donated to our Ukraine appeal

In our mail updates and website stories we have given examples of the kind of support we have funded from the donations to our appeal. We are still receiving donations and sending funds to partner organisations in Ukraine and Moldova.  Most of our partner organisations are civil society organisations (CSOs – or NGOs) who had …