Officials take away Centre of Integration from children-refugees


Charity Fund ROKADA has to stop the work of the single Ukrainian Integration Centre for refugees in view of strict demands of Board of Education of Desnyanskyi region of Kyiv Municipal Administration.

In the course of the last 15 years, the Centre has continued its work due to the support of UNO Agency on Refugees Issues and International Fund “Renaissance”. Threat to its existence aroused in 2010 when Educational Department of Desnyanskyi region of Kyiv Municipal Administration rejected CF Rokada in extension of Rent Agreement currency. In 2013 Board of Education resorted to the court demanding the Fund to leave the building. On May 29, 2013 a peace action “Worthy childhood for children-refugees” was conducted before the walls of State Migration Service of Ukraine, in the course of which children and women-refugees asked not to move them from the Centre that became the second home for them.

Unfortunately, Board of Education does not wish to make concessions and CF ROKADA has to stop the work of the Centre. All this time the doors of the Centre were opened for children-refugees, their parents, friends, classmates, just Ukrainians, governmental representatives of all degrees, foreign guests and journalists.

In the course of this period hundreds children-refugees from 28 countries received psychological, pedagogic and educational assistance. Nowadays, Charity Fund takes care of 253 children from such countries as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Cote d’Ivoir, Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Burundi, Tadzhikistan, Guinea, Egypt and Ruanda. The children studied the language, integrated and became active members of Ukrainian society. The variety of trainings were organized in the centre as well as different meetings, holidays, excursions and other events helping refugees better learn about Ukrainian culture and traditions, and Ukrainians gained more knowledge about refugees. Due to close communication and constant elucidatory work with Ukrainians we reached considerable success in improvement of tolerance in Ukrainian society.

The goal of the project “Children-refugees – our children: subsistence with educational services and social protection in crisis period” is to provide with subsidiary educational and social services and conduct cultural events for children-refugees and their parents on the basis of Integration Refugee Centre in Kyiv. The project is realized by Charity Fund “Rokada” at the support of Anti-crisis Humanitarian Program of International Fund “Renaissance”