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The organization was founded in 2015 in the city of Dnipro

The organization was founded in 2015 in the city of Dnipro

THE HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION

The NGO "Power of the Future" was registered in May 2015 in Dnipro by internally displaced persons from Luhansk and Donetsk to protect and promote the rights of IDPs and their active integration into the community of Dnipro region.

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2014

How did it all start?

Prior to our official registration, we started as an initiative group of caring and proactive people who wanted to develop the community, initiated various activities and involved everyone in co-creation. One of the first initiatives was tree planting in Dnipro. In October 2014, new trees appeared on the territory of school No. 143, and in April 2015 — in Liberty Park.

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2014


In November 2014, our activists held a rally in Dnipro against the illegal elections in Donbas. In January 2015–2016, we initiated the 'Ribbon of Unity' campaign under the slogan: 'Let's tie a ribbon of unity from Donbas to Galicia'.

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2015–2016


In May 2015–2016, we initiated an all-Ukrainian flash mob called Vyshyvanka Day in Dnipro and organized a festive concert on the city's central square.

Activity period of IDPs' integration into local communities

Between 2015 and 2017, our team managed to implement more than 10 projects aimed at helping and supporting IDPs: protecting their rights, activating social life, and conducting sociocultural activities.

During these two years, we gained tremendous experience, as we got to try our hand at various fields and areas of work.

During this period, we:
● conducted excursions around the Dnipro region as part of the "Ethnodiving" project, 2015
● taught handmade masters financial literacy and marketing as part of the Startup in Handmade project, 2015
● held interactive festivals together with the NGO "Ethnodrive" as part of the "Shine. Circle of the Heart" project, 2015
● made a speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at parliamentary hearings and held a flash mob "We Need a Home" as part of the project "Center for Active Citizenship", 2016
● worked on the development of the organization, held a strategic session for activists of the NGO "Power of the Future", created social advertising, 2016
● cooperated with the authorities, participated in the All-Ukrainian Forum with the support of the Dnipro city authorities and in clusters on IDPs’ rights with the support of UNHCR, the Department of Social Services, the Pension Fund, the Ministry of Emergencies, and the Dnipro Regional State Administration, 2015–2016
● participated in the projects of the Council of Europe.
● exchanged experience with other organizations within the framework of the National Exchanges program funded by the European Union and the NED Foundation, 2016–2017
● equipped a place for the "Pro-active Hub" public reception center as part of the "Rapid Response to IDP Issues" project funded by UNHCR, 2017
● conducted trainings, taught how to effectively interact and cooperate for the benefit of the city community within the framework of the project "Implementation of projects in the sociocultural sphere as a means of community activation", 2017
● consulted and motivated entrepreneurs and self-employed people within the framework of the project "Pro-active Hub: Business & Motivation", 2017
● created a center for communication, support for entrepreneurship through self-organization, human and business development, and job creation within the framework of the "Pro-active Hub" project, 2017
● intensified the cultural life of small towns in Ukraine as part of the "CITY-FEST" project, 2017.

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2018

Moving into the field of peace education

In 2018, our organization launched the "Creators of Concord" educational project, which focuses on creating a peaceful environment in educational institutions. We set out to promote peaceful education and train as many teachers, social workers, psychologists and students as possible to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way through dialogue and creative methods of conflict transformation.

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2018


As part of the "Creators of Concord" project, we have developed a unique method for creating peaceful environments and communities by combining creative and psychological approaches. The method was tested during a regional-level scientific and pedagogical project in the Dnipro region in cooperation with scientists from the Dnipro Academy of Continuing Education. As a result, we published an educational and practical manual, "Creative Methods of Conflict Transformation. Wings that carry peace".

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2020

Adapting to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading around the world, we did not stop our activities, but rather adapted our work to the online format. After all, during the quarantine, the relevance of conflict resolution has not disappeared, and the problem of maintaining the physical and mental health of both students and teachers has become urgent. We managed to find opportunities and techniques to support the community of educators through ZOOM meetings.

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2022

Activities during a warfare

After 24 February 2022, when the full-scale invasion of Ukraine took place, we transformed the "Creators of Concord" project, as the war had a profound impact not only on the educational process. We saw that we could use our four years of experience and all our psychological and pedagogical knowledge to help not only educators, but also IDPs and volunteers, overcome the crisis during the war.

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2022


In May 2022, our team initiated a separate project to support IDPs who came to Dnipro as a result of the war — "Contact2U". As part of the project, we provide psychological assistance to IDPs, information assistance to IDPs in the Dnipro region, and sociocultural support.

WE HAVE GREAT NEWS!

The NGO ‘Power of the Future’ opens its FIRST REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN Mykolaiv!

Currently, the NGO "Power of the Future" is

3 communities that are active and support each other even during a full-scale war
● Educators from the "Creators of Concord" project — 300+ participants ● All-Ukrainian community of playback theaters with active centers in Dnipro, Kyiv, Uzhhorod, Kharkiv, Odesa — 100+ participants● The "Contact2U" community of IDPs in Dnipro — 400+ participants

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Our future plans

● Scale up the "Contact2U" project● Scale the "Creators of Concord" project to the whole of Ukraine● Launch a separate project for volunteers● Increase support for the elderly people ● Establish work with veterans and families of military servants

OUR TEAM

The NGO "Power of the Future" has a well-coordinated team of 10 experienced, efficient and creative managers who have united more than 1000 activists, volunteers and artists from different parts of Ukraine.

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Hanna Tokar

Head of the Board of the NGO "Power of the Future", manager of various projects, head of the "Age of Inspiration" community

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Svitlana Lukianchenko

Executive director of the NGO "Power of the Future", manager of cultural and educational projects, founder of the NGO "Power of the Future", co-organizer of the ethnocultural festival "Siaivo", co-founder and manager of the project "Creators of Concord"

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Roman Kandybur

Development Director of the NGO "Power of the Future", performer, trainer of the "Creators of Concord" project, co-founder of the "Ethnodrive" movement, anthropologist, chairman of the board of the Ukrainian Playback Theatre School, co-author of the humanitarian project for IDPs "Contact2U"

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Tetiana Podopryhora

Psychologist, playback actress, co-organizer of the "Contact2U" project for IDPs

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Nina Gorbunova

Psychologist, gestalt therapist, family therapist, crisis specialist, psychologist of the "Contact2U" project

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Maryna Zhuravska

Coordinator of the "Contact2U" project, facilitator of the playback studio for IDPs, playback performer

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Alevtyna Kovtun

Playback actress, artist, art practitioner, administrator of the project for IDPs "Contact2U"

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Daria Zyatikova

Assistant to the Head of the NGO "Power of the Future", coordinator of the "Creators of Concord" project

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Marharyta Korzh

Head of the field of work with the elderly,
Co-founder of a public association “Age of inspiration, Вік натхнення»,
Manager of educational and cultural projects for the elderly, Moderator of support groups according to the method ITC, Founder of the “Circle of equals” forum-theatre studio, Joker of the theater of changes, Head and teacher of the school "Internet Marketing for adults”

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Natalia Mutyk

Financial project manager

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Olga Serdyuk

Trainer of the "Creators of Concord" project

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Svitlana Dmitrieva

Psychologist, trainer of the Creators of Concord project project, co-head of the area of work with parents and children

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Oksana Don

trainer of the Contact2U project, co-head of the area of work with parents and children

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Olena Bobyr

member of the IDP Council at the Dnipro Regional Military Administration, public relations specialist 

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Natalia Nechunaeva

trainer of the Contact2U project

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Olga Korsunskaya

Volunteer of the organization

OUR PARTNERS

MEDIA ABOUT US

About the new format of creating a support community "Contakt2U" in Dnipro

Interview of Maryna Zhuravska and Roman Kandibur

1 april 2023

The community of immigrants and Dnipro residents holds free networking meetings - more about the "Contact2U" project

Interview of Maryna Zhuravska, Roman Kandibur and Milena Kyrylova on the TV channel "Open"

14 april 2023