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.
Media about the action:
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).