Where do I volunteer?
1.The humanitarian center on Kopernyka Street – loading and sorting work 2. Weaving camouflage nets at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha (vul. Vasylya Symonenka, 5) 3. Participation in three charitable photo exhibits dedicated to the war in Ukraine, with a collection of funds in Belgium for Ukraine: an exhibit at IHECS university in Brussels; an exhibit in the city of Turnhout; an exhibit in the city of Vorselaar.
It happened that, unfortunately, they did not accept me for the forces of territorial defense, but I and many others have a great desire to join in Ukraine’s fight for independence and, in general, for the right of our people to exist. I live in Lviv, a big city, an important site for the rear guard, and so there are many opportunities to join in the fight. First of all, I got involved in what was in my heart, photography. I am a street photographer; that’s my hobby, but the war, even regarding a city in the rear guard, is a very interesting theme for creativity. I was fortunate that my photo project Wartime Lviv interested Ukrainian students in Belgium who prepared charitable photo exhibitions. In this way my photographs, together with the works of many other talented artists, in three cities of Belgium not only tell Belgians about our war but raise money to help refugees in Ukraine. In addition, I turned to more “classical” volunteering, to handwork, weaving camouflage nets in a church near my residence, and I also worked in a humanitarian aid center in the Potocky Palace. And intellectually creative and physical volunteering are now very necessary and important for our victory and to help those who were forced to leave their homes.
No surprise- I read and study. I am truly very interested in history; I dream it and live it, so for me history is my outlet. Now for me work on my courses and an academic project at the Humanities Faculty about media analysis is a way to get distracted from daily worries and the news.
I plan to continue studies, to achieve new educational-academic successes, to discover something new. In a word, to return to regular student life. And again, of course, to visit my beloved Kyiv and, as possible, other cities of Ukraine which have now become fields of war. I really want to photograph post-war Ukraine, to prepare new photo projects.