- I am Ukrainian, I was born, raised and lived there until 1992. On the wave of emotions after the 1991 putsh, we submitted the required documents and my husband and I emigrated to Poland, to his family.
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We spent the first year in Jelenia Góra, then we moved to Krakow, where I got a job offer. My job was supporting one of the Krakow companies in contact with Ukrainian partners. After four years, I decided to set up my own business with my partner.

The events of 2013 and 2014 led us to establish the Foundation. In response to the protests in Ukraine, the Ukrainian community in Krakow became very active, and the willingness to support and help was enormous. At that time, a dozen or so people injured in Euromaidan were brought to Krakow. It was necessary to help them with formalities and bring their families here. There was also an idea to help the children of people who died during Euromaidan. This is how the idea of „Children of Euromaidan" was born, and we managed to bring groups of children and youth to Krakow. The first group, consisting of seven teenagers, arrived at the turn of April and May 2014.

It quickly turned out that we could act as a foundation easier and more effectively. Today, we are active in many fields. On the one hand, connecting Krakow’s Ukrainians, maintaining and promoting our traditions and culture, and on the other, supporting them in official and professional matters. We were also one of the initiators of employing inter-cultural assistants in Krakow schools, we cooperate with public institutions and the local government. I am also a member of the interdisciplinary team for the implementation of the „Open Krakow" programme launched by the mayor of the city. We also conduct classes, training and meetings on various topics and for different age groups.

According to official statistics, about 50,000 Ukrainians currently live in Krakow, but in my opinion, there may be as many as 90,000 of them. They come here not only because of the closeness of their homeland but also because of the openness of Krakow, a beautiful historical city with an environment that supports personal development. Young Ukrainians come here to study, many of them stay, set up companies, work in logistics centres, international corporations, also attract qualified specialists from Ukraine. Everyone is looking for a good place to live and many of them managed to find it in Krakow.

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