Five thousand schoolchildren and kindergarten students from Poltava, Chernihiv, Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk regions will soon have comfortable shelters in case of an air alarm. The first shelters in educational institutions are arranged by the Olena Zelenska Foundation together with the charity foundation of the Kyiv School of Economics – KSE Foundation. The key task of the project is to return as many children as possible to offline education and upbringing.
“Today, more than 3,000 Ukrainian schools do not have shelters or are unsuitable for the long-term stay of students. Therefore, children cannot attend studying offline. Olena Zelenska’s foundation allocated 500,000 USD to repair at least seven shelters. It is very important to ensure that educational institutions in Ukraine meet safety requirements, and stay in them is cozy and comfortable. Therefore, we continue to attract benefactors to the project who are ready to invest in the safety of Ukrainian children,” – says Nina Horbachova, director of the Olena Zelenska Foundation.
“Children should be physically and psychologically comfortable in the shelters we are repairing. The stay of schoolchildren in a shelter should not be like a horror movie. There should be ventilation, bright lighting, light walls, soft benches and Internet connection. We do not aim to turn the shelters into full-fledged classrooms, but strive to renovate and direct funds to equip more shelters,” – emphasizes Svitlana Denysenko, director of the KSE Foundation.
In facilities jointly selected by the KSE Foundation and Olena Zelenska Foundation will be performed by an installation of ventilation, replacement of electrical wiring, installation of main and emergency lighting, floor screed, installation of sewage etc.
The Olena Zelenska Foundation and the KSE Foundation started repairing the first seven shelters in educational institutions in Kremenchuk, Kropyvnytskyi, Kryvyi Rih, Nizhyn and other cities, where from this school year classes can resume offline education if there are shelters that meet the requirements of the State Emergency Service.
Every school or kindergarten that needs one can apply for a shelter. To do this, you need to fill out the form at the link: https://foundation.kse.ua/en/safe-education.