Life is where I am: How Druzhkivka resident changes her home town

17:46, 1 February 2018

70 thousand people reside in Druzhkivka, an industrial town in Donetsk region, Eastern Ukraine. Local people are already used to living close to the frontline 70 km from here. But they are much more concerned about their everyday issues. For example, the village of Suvore at the outskirts of Druzhkivka has never had a playground for kids. Parents had to take their children to the town for them to play in a sandbox or to roll down from a slide.

The only school is over 100 years old. No repairs had been done for decades. There was no good illumination, cloakroom, a computer classroom, potable water, etc. The budget was not enough to fund the school, and the parents couldn’t afford it.

A journalist Svitlana Agardzhanyan found her native school when she came back in Druzhkivka from occupied Donetsk. That very day she found an ad in Facebook announcing a grant contest by an international organization.

Together with the children and teachers she applied and won money for reconstruction of the front of a building.

This film is presented by the 112 Ukraine TV channel in the framework of the project with the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI II), funded by the US agency of international development USAID. It is devoted to the people of Donbas region who have managed to change their lives in spite of the war unfolding in eastern Ukraine.

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