It is always a pleasure to tell these stories: they give hope that tomorrow will be better than yesterday, and the great feeling that our work does really matter.
Recently Svitlana, one of our beneficiaries, an IDP from Avdiivka, received housing, as well as the forgotten feeling of security and comfort. A woman, like most internally displaced persons, has a sad and difficult history.
Since 2014, she has moved from city to city, hoping for the best. She lived in the cities of Dnipro and Kryvyi Rih and had to pay most of the money she earned literally for a roof.
In 2015 Svitlana moved to the modular town of Nikopol and settled in a dormitory. However, this was temporary, because in February 2021 the term of operation of this dormitory expired. At first, it seemed as if there was nothing left to hope for anymore.
However, just then in the winter, our colleague Olena Pazenko, the monitor of the R2P regional office, visited the modular town. She came to talk about the housing programs for IDPs and possible resettlement options in the Dnipropetrovsk region, in particular, she told Ms. Svitlana about social housing in Kamyanske.
It was then when our beneficiary learned about this opportunity. Without any hesitation, she decided to go to Kamyanske. Olena Sukha, the monitor of the CF «Right to Protection» (R2P) met Svitlana and provided her with support and assistance in processing the documents, and a few weeks later Svitlana was already holding the keys to a beautiful one-room apartment.
«It was just incredible, literally an explosion of emotions. I am so happy for Svitlana. When she received the keys I felt like if it was me getting the keys to the long-awaited apartment»,– tells our colleague Olena Sukha without hiding her happiness for Svitlana.
Alyona Skala, the head of the housing distribution department of the Kamyanske city council of the Dnipropetrovsk region noted that even today, seven years after the start of hostilities in Donbas, the housing issue still remains relevant for the internally displaced persons. Citizens, including the privileged category of IDPs, constantly apply to the city authorities.
«The city authorities always support citizens who need protection and try to help solve their problems»,– says Alyona Skala.
The CF «Right to Protection» (R2P) wishes Svitlana always to feel safe and cozy at her new home and congratulates our colleagues on such a successful work result.