The Ukrainian BGV Charity Fund, together with German donors — the non-profit organizations #WeAreAllUkrainians initiated by Dr. Wladimir Klitschko and help alliance will restore the Levko Revutskyi Bucha Children’s School of Arts, and purchase new tools and equipment. The BGV Charity Fund and the Bucha City Council signed the relevant agreement. The financing for the project is more than 8 million hryvnias.
The partnership of local authorities and patrons involves two stages. As part of the first stage, the benefactors will carry out a comprehensive repair of the school by the end of 2022, which includes restoring the roof, parapets, fence, and porch, repairing part of the classrooms for classes and communication systems, and re-planning and arranging the central bathroom. They will also replace the windows and some of the doors and install modern indoor navigation elements. Within the first stage, equipment and musical instruments will be purchased and handed over to the children’s art school to improve its material resources: laptops for organizing online learning and innovative synthesizers, guitars, digital pianos, accordions, and violins. Donors’ funds will also be used to equip additional classrooms for music classes to increase the number of children studying at the school.
In addition, the BGV Charity Fund and German donors will carry out several things to arrange an inclusive space and organize an appropriate learning process based on the Bucha School of Arts to ensure barrier-free access to all classes at the school for children with disabilities.
As part of the second stage of cooperation, which is planned for November 2022–April 2023, the benefactors plan to continue work to improve and expand the inclusiveness of the children’s educational institution, install electric heating in the school premises, carry out internal repairs of the building and restore the facade. In addition, cooperation with the children’s music school involves the organization of several pieces of training for teachers and the launch of a financial scholarship for children’s studies.
The cooperation between the Bucha Children’s School of Arts, the BGV Charity Fund, and German donors dates back to June 18, 2022, when the Concert For Tomorrow musical event took place in the Munich Philharmonic (Germany) on the initiative of help alliance supported by #WeAreAllUkrainians. It was a performance by the stars of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, which united with Ukrainian musicians as part of a charity concert. Among the Ukrainian artists were refugees who fled to Germany because of the war in Ukraine. The show at the Philharmonic demonstrated solidarity with Ukraine and support for Ukrainian talents and collected the initial amount of funds for restoring the Bucha Children’s Art School. In August, theGerman air carrier, Lufthansa, joined the charity project as the initiative’s primary sponsor due to on-board donation on its flights.
The BGV Charity Fund was founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur and philanthropist Hennadii Butkevych to organize assistance to Ukraine during the war and rebuild the country after the victory. The fund is engaged in the search, purchase, legal support, and organization of humanitarian aid delivery to Ukraine for those who need it—children, vulnerable population groups, the military, medical institutions, and volunteer organizations. The fund works to protect, restore, and develop Ukraine. Partners of BGV Charity Fund are responsible businesses from Ukraine and all over Europe: the charity cooperates with companies in Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, and Romania, including market leaders such as Rossmann, Lidl, and Billa.
help alliance is the aid organization of the Lufthansa Group and its employees. As an internationally operating company and part of the German and international community, the Lufthansa Group takes responsibility for current social challenges beyond its actual business activities. The non-profit organization currently covers more than 50 projects worldwide, which provide access to education for disadvantaged young people and enable them to lead successful, healthy and self-determined lives. In addition to the focus on high-quality education (SDG 4), help alliance particularly promotes vocational training measures and entrepreneurial approaches in the area of work and income (SDG 8). In recent years, around 150 projects have been supported. The project contents of help alliance are based on the standards of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations for 2030. The projects are funded solely through donations. For further information and donation opportunities, please visit www.helpalliance.org.
The #WeAreAllUkrainians non-profit GmbH emerged from the ad-hoc initiative that Dr. Wladimir Klitschko founded together with Tatjana Kiel immediately after the beginning of the war in Ukraine. The gGmbH, under the direction of the two managing directors Tatjana Kiel and Dörte Kruppa, implement scalable and sustainable aid measures and projects with a large network of partners and volunteers in Germany – for the people in and from Ukraine. #WeAreAllUkrainians also reacts to the most urgent needs on-site, which Wladimir Klitschko communicates from Kyiv. For further information please visit www.weareallukrainians.de