We have been working for a number of months now to make life better for Ukrainian refugees in Estonia, among whom there has been a lot of interest in the events and get-togethers we organise. Working with the Estonian Refugee Council and the UN Refugee Agency, our aim is to provide the Ukrainian refugees who find themselves in Estonia with opportunities to discover the country and to meet up with fellow countrymen. The trauma of the war will stay with them for a long time, but talking to others and getting to know their new home will help them adapt to life here. To this end, we have organised 85 events for the Ukrainian refugee community in towns and cities all over Estonia, including Tallinn, Narva, Jõhvi, Rakvere, Abja-Paluoja, Türi, Sügavere, Otepää and Viljandi. We have taken the lead in some events and also supported refugees’ own initiatives.
These get-togethers are valuable opportunities for our centre to obtain information about the actual situation the refugees are facing here in Estonia. This information forms input for our actions in defending the refugees’ interests, enabling us to stand up even more effectively for their rights and to intervene wherever we see systematic problems. Our visits around the country and the project as a whole have been made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Ukrainian diaspora, NGOs, municipal governments and key individuals (often from within the refugee community itself). Many thanks to all of you! More than 1000 people have taken part in the events.
For a more detailed overview of the events and the responses they prompted, take a look at the project’s photo album.
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