Report: arrangement of shelters in the city of Cherkasy and Zolochiv UTC
1,000 places for Internally Displaced Persons
In April 2022, the NGO "Rotary Club Kyiv International" began the implementation of a large-scale project to arrange shelters for internally displaced persons in various regions of Ukraine. The goal of the project is to provide comfortable living conditions and sleeping places for internally displaced persons who do not have the opportunity to rent housing and are in temporary shelters.
The temporary shelters include schools and dormitories that must be vacated by September 1 in order to start the academic year. And the premises are not at all adapted for living, where people sleep on the floor and cannot cook food or wash things. As well as communities where there is a desire to accept more immigrants, but there is no possibility to arrange conditions for them.
That's why we took on the challenge of providing as many people as possible with sleeping places and basic living conditions. So that they could then get a job, somehow adjust their lives in a new place. Many simply have nowhere to return to, their houses have been bombed or the city where they live is still dangerous to be in.
At the end of June, one of the stages of the project was started, which provided for the arrangement of shelters in the city of Cherkasy and Zolochiv OTG, as a result of which it was possible to create 1,000 places for living, 500 in each of the presented regions.
Our initiative was supported by Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations.
These organizations joined the project as sponsors, collect money and finance the purchase of necessary equipment, beds, sleeping sets.
Let's tell you a little about the cities chosen for the project.
Cherkasy
Cherkasy is a city in the central part of Ukraine. Regional Center. It is located on the right bank of the Kremenchug Reservoir, the largest in Ukraine, the area of ​​which is 2,250 km². Therefore, when you go out on the Cherkasy embankment, you cannot see the other shore, and it seems that you are on the sea. The locals call it that. Almost every local resident who has lived here for several generations has some kind of water transport in his family: a boat, a boat or a yacht. And when you go to Cherkasy from Kyiv, the road goes through a large dam, so from the first minutes you are under the impression of such a large body of water on both sides.
Also among tourists, the city is famous for the large number of alleys with fruit trees, people are amazed that so many fruits can be picked by everyone during a walk and there is enough for everyone.

The city has a long history, has been known since the 13th century and during its existence played a certain role in the history of the whole of Ukraine. Cherkasy was the center of formation of Kozachchyna. The growth of the city, after receiving the status of the regional center, led to its transformation into a large industrial center and the main cultural center of the entire region.

There are many architectural monuments and sculptures in the city. The largest Orthodox church in Ukraine is St. Michael's Cathedral, the height of the church is more than 70 meters.

Zolochiv
Zolochiv is an ancient town in the western part of Ukraine, in the Lviv region. It impresses with its history, which stretches back to the 10th-11th century, when there were protective fortifications of princely times.
It is a small, cozy town with wonderful architecture and atmosphere. An ancient castle, a church, a church and many beautiful houses in 2-3-5 floors.
A characteristic feature of Zolochiv are parks on the site of defensive ramparts. Such parks have been preserved in Krakow and Vienna. It looks like the park itself is in a cave. And in general, Zolochiv has a lot of space for walking. Pedestrian streets, parks and not too much traffic.
And the main decoration of Zolochiv is the local castle.
Built at the beginning of the 17th century as a powerful defensive fortress, Zolochiv Castle was the royal residence of the King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Jan Sobieski. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle became a prison, and the most terrible times in the castle walls were 39-40, during the Soviet Union.
In the late 1980s, the castle was handed over for restoration, and with the help of the Lviv Art Gallery, a great figure of Ukrainian culture, Boris Voznytskyi, the castle was restored and today it is one of the most visited museums in Ukraine.
And the main decoration of Zolochiv is the local castle.
Built at the beginning of the 17th century as a powerful defensive fortress, Zolochiv Castle was the royal residence of the King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Jan Sobieski. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle became a prison, and the most terrible times in the castle walls were 39-40, during the Soviet Union.
In the late 1980s, the castle was handed over for restoration, and with the help of the Lviv Art Gallery, a great figure of Ukrainian culture, Boris Voznytskyi, the castle was restored and today it is one of the most visited museums in Ukraine.
These are the cities that became the focal point at this stage of the project. Local authorities and residents of both cities are united to help people, and are open to such initiatives.
In the city of Cherkasy, members of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy International cooperated with us, they ensured the reception of all goods and material values ​​and their placement in the premises that the local authorities chose for shelters.

In total, about 22,000 internally displaced persons are registered in the city of Cherkasy.

We managed to communicate with several families who were forced to move to Cherkasy from Donbas: Mariupol, Bakhmut, Severodonetsk. What they all had in common was the uncertainty of where to live next, how to survive the winter, because there was nowhere to return to. These were mainly people of retirement age who simply cannot afford to rent an apartment. Or young people who came here with the whole family, grandmothers, elderly parents and small children, and provide the whole family with their salary, buy medicine, so they also do not have enough to rent a house.

Our project was created precisely to solve their problem. The Cherkasy City Council allocated a 4-story building specifically for this project, where they are doing cosmetic repairs and where most of the beds we purchased will be placed.
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This is not the first time we have cooperated with the city of Zolochiv. In April 2022, we have already purchased 300 beds and mattresses for arranging places for IDPs. Currently, they are used for their intended purpose in the city. Located in several premises of the community, where forced migrants live.

About 4,000 displaced people are currently registered in the Zolochiv OTG. As in many cities, they initially tried to resettle people on their own with local residents, in private housing. Nevertheless, places are still needed. Many people first of all moved to Lviv Oblast and Transcarpathia. Someone went abroad from there, someone moved from Lviv, because there were no more places there either, someone has already to return, because it is difficult to live in other countries for a long time.

Today, the city of Zolochiv continues to feed the displaced people on its own. And also wants to arrange their life as best as possible.
In parallel, we are launching the construction of several more shelters in Lviv, Rakhiv, and Irpen. And we will tell you about them later.

We are very grateful to our sponsors Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal project created by them, with the help of which they attract funds to help Ukraine. And for contributing to the financing of this great and necessary initiative.