Empowering Ukrainian refugees

The Estonian Human Rights Centre and the Estonian Refugee Council have expanded their cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to increase the sense of security for Ukrainian refugees in Estonia.

Throughout the rest of the year, more than one hundred events will be organised in cooperation with Ukrainian refugee communities in different parts of Estonia while monitoring their living conditions and identifying their concerns.

The main objective of the project is to empower the local Ukrainian community through a variety of leisure activities and community gatherings.

Both the Estonian Human Rights Centre and the Estonian Refugee Council are involved in the project on a day-to-day basis.  Two community coordinators meet Ukrainians across Estonia, listen to their stories and organise community get-togethers in collaboration with the refugees.

Our goal is to bring together Ukrainians who have been in Estonia for a longer period of time and refugees who have arrived since February, so that people from the same cultural background can discuss issues of adaptation and share concerns and success stories.

We organise events with different vulnerable and marginalised groups in mind, to make their aspirations and needs more visible. Emphasis will be put on different types of events, such as walks, cooking together, experience-sharing evenings, ceramics workshops, etc..

The project will also recruit Ukrainians who are most familiar with the needs of their community, are ready to take on more responsibility, and can help in establishing contacts with the community, sharing information and organising events.

If you are planning to organise activities for refugees living in Estonia, please contact our community coordinators. Hopefully we can help each other and work together for the benefit of the Ukrainian community!

The project is funded by UNHCR.

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