On 21-23 June together with Chernihiv Centre for Human Rights and NGO Dobrochyn we are organizing a summer school for internally displaced people in Ukraine. There will be 30 participants from Chernihiv, Sumy and Zhytomyr oblasts. We will discuss questions or fundraising, social advocacy and human rights.
The idea is not only to provide information and skills, but to hear the concerns and needs of IDPs and make their voices heard. That’s why we’ll start the training from questions of advocacy, explaining how one can influence and bring change to community life. It’s been 3 years now since IDPs arrived in their host communities. What looked like temporary move is now often seen as permanent residency. We believe IDPs’ voices should be heard and hosting communities should undergo necessary changes to accommodate their needs. But IDPs need to know how to advocate for those! Irina Kuznetsova, principal investigator
The school takes place right after the World refugee day (20 June) when the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of those who were forcefully displaced. As reported earlier this month, Ukraine’s IDP crisis is one of 10 World’s most neglected ones. Among those listed: Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Palestine, Ukraine, Myanmar and Somalia. Source: Norwegian Refugee Council’s Yearly List.