Peace and Love Initiative is an ongoing campaign that supports help center for vulnerable individuals in the Ukrainian Russian conflict zone.

By know it succeeded to finance electricity and food, renovation of a dozen rooms and building's roof, purchase of beds, heaters, shower, boiler, mattresses, clothes, bedding, towels, fridge, kitchen accessories, washing machine and treatment of Elena Pisareva, who is battling cancer even as she keeps the shelter going. Elena documents in detail everything bought from the initiative money. Now 12 people live in the center.

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 during the worst battles. They returned eight months later. I gave one of the rooms to Tanya’s mother. 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, also alcoholics and drug addicts from the street.

Links:

fb information channel
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

Video promoting 3rd action / November 2019

Stills from a reportage commissioned by Polish television, aimed at promoting the action

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

Newspapers

Life Goes On newspaper (photographs and text) is possible to purchase with 100% of prize going to the shelter.
You can buy it in MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art (Krakow) library, PIX.HOUSE (Poznan) in Poland and EEP Berlin in Germany. It was 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

Video promoting 1st action / October 2018

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