Reportage commissioned by Polish television, aimed at promoting the action

Peace and Love Initiative 

The Initiative is supporting a help center and a shelter for homeless based in a block of flats in Avdiivka (Donetsk Oblast) - a small city touching Ukrainian Russian frontline. Funds gathered during crowdfundings organised by Jurczak made it possible to create the center. It is led by Elena Pisareva, who is keeping shelter ongoing despite battling with cancer.  By now the Initiative financed electricity, food, renovation of dozen rooms and shelter's roof, purchase of beds, heaters, shower, boiler, mattresses, clothes, bedding, towels, fridge, kitchen accessories, washing machine and medicine. Elena documents in detail everything bought thanks to the donated funds. Elena helped dozens of people. Usually up to 20 vulnerable individuals live in the center, because of behavioural difficulties, some of them are not accepted to stay longer. Since 2017 several inhabitants had died, due to serious health problems. 


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3d crowdfunding site / November-December 2019
2nd crowdfunding site / May 2019
1st crowdfunding site / October-December 2018


Media about the action:

TVP1
Gazeta Wyborcza
Radio Kraków
RMF FM
British Journal of Photography
GUP Magazine

Article in Gazeta Wyborcza - Polish daily, aimed at promoting the action

Video promoting 3rd crowdfunding / November 2019

Statements of Elena, shelter founder:

I became a pastor in a Protestant church in Avdiivka. It was 2014. At first, I rented a meeting room in the block where we lived; that is where we prayed. The space became our church. Over time, I started renting more rooms on the same floor, where I welcomed people who had nowhere to live. It was 2015. I rented a room for Ira. Then another one for Oksana. Then Tanya came to me and asked for help. She had a small daughter, Kristina. They had to be evacuated from the conflict zone in 2015 during the worst battles. They returned eight months later. I gave one of the rooms to Tanya’s mother lately. It is 2019. Two weeks ago, when she [Tanya’s mother] was home alone, she started feeling bad. She was hallucinating. She thought there was someone walking around the flat. She was very scared. She bolted the door. With us, she feels safe. Thanks to Jan's help I could accept more and more people including alcoholics and drug addicts having no place to live.



Newspapers

Life Goes On newspapers (photographs and text) are possible to purchase with 100% of the prize supporting the shelter. The newspapers were financed by Krakow Photomonth and PIX.HOUSE Gallery.
You can buy them in MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art (Krakow) library, PIX.HOUSE (Poznan) and EEP Berlin in Germany. They were also available in Zachęta National Gallery of Art bookstore (Warszawa, Poland).

Tanya and Kristina with a heater financed by the crowdfunding photographed by Elena Pisareva / December 2018

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