Welcome to the project «Strengthening local self-organization and civic engagement in Ukraine»!
This three-year network project was launched in 2019.
The program is aimed at social and economic development of Ukraine, strengthening local self-government and supporting the partnership of communities with the government, Roman Catholic Church and business in the interests of society.
The project goal is to train qualified volunteer activists to strengthen local self-organization and civic engagement in different regions of Ukraine. Currently, about 250 volunteers from 40 parishes of Roman Catholic Church have already been trained in social project management.
We are working to launch self-help mechanisms in communities, through the introduction of quality social services that address the problems of the communities. It is important for us to show that the church, together with the state, can be a serious partner for the organization of the social life of society. Forming teams and active citizens training is one of the priorities of our project.
To improve the quality of social services for low-income local groups, «Caritas-Spes Ukraine» conducts training and mentoring for activists and project teams, as well as provides micro-grates so that the best charitable initiatives receive primary financial support.
The project team is headed by Olena Shevchuk: «Changes in the world begin with the internal changes of each person. I believe that communities that master «art of small steps» will be able to achieve the most ambitious goals! We chose an ant as the symbol of this project. These are hard-working insects that build their home together, protect it, take care of it and act together for the common weal. The ant is an example of the «art of small steps». Our project will help each participant to gain knowledge and competencies to become a superhero, a super ant, which is able to create great transformations in and around themselves. Our project will help each participant to gain knowledge and competencies to become a superhero, a super ant, which is able to create great transformations in and around themselves».
The project «Strengthening local self-organization and civic engagement in Ukraine» is implemented with the support of the German government and charitable organization «Renovabis».
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