Who we are
We are a group of like-minded people who feel passionately about Ukraine’s positive impact on the world, its stability and future. All members of our group are volunteers and work on the charity’s projects after their day jobs. Our fundamental principles are transparency and ethical integrity.
We’d like to make a positive change and a lasting difference to the lives of people who endured dispiriting life-changing injuries, visible or otherwise, while being exposed to the horrors of war.
We aim to ensure that the war casualties are properly prepared, reintegrated and helped to live independent and fulfilled lives. This includes providing humanitarian and medical aid to those in need as well as raising awareness of challenges laying ahead and promoting programmes on social adaptation.
We wish to enhance the general public’s understanding of Ukraine’s history, culture and current situation.
Dr Tetyana Vovnyanko
Co-founder, Managing Director
Tetyana has been working in academia for the last 13 years. She holds a PhD in Psychology, has a qualification in business studies and an extensive experience in international trading and fundraising.
Natalia Ravlyuk is specialising in marketing and has had 9 years experience as a Regional Manager in London based retail. Since 2014, she has dedicated all her free time to work as a volunteer and major co-ordinator of collecting and dispatching humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Fundraising and Project Manager
Yuliya, MBA, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations. In 2015, together with her colleagues and friends, Yuliya initiated ‘Fragile Independence’ cultural project to raise awareness about the current situation in Ukraine and to promote Ukrainian culture in the UK. Yuliya has a breadth of experience in fundraising and project management.
Fundraising and Project Manager
Luba is a qualified midwife with extensive experience in Maternity and Intensive Care Units as well as in working with children with Autism and learning disabilities. She received her Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People in 2018 and is currently leading a Team of UK specialists providing care for adults with learning disabilities. Since 2014, she has volunteered her time and expertise to initiate numerous fundraising events in London aimed at helping disadvantaged children in Ukraine.
Dr Rainer-Elk Anders
Dr Rainer-Elk Anders is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath Spa. Since February 2014, Rainer has been conducting research projects in Ukraine, initially during the Maidan in Kyiv, then tracking the “men in green” in Eastern Ukraine, and reporting about the occupation of Sloviansk. Since the summer of 2014 he has been on numerous visits to Eastern Ukraine and ATO, conducting fieldwork with different Ukrainian battalions, and being actively involved in humanitarian aid projects with Ukrainian volunteer groups in Marinka, Krasnohorivka and Avdiivka, as well as to the sites of the on-going blockades of the occupied areas. Rainer received an award from the Ukrainian government for his help to Ukraine and was interviewed by the BBC on current affairs in Ukraine (you can see it by clicking the button below)