Community of mutual aid "Emaus-Oselya"


– annual report 2008

Community

In 2008 35 companions lived in the community. 105 people had consultations with social worker, 85 persons – with psychologist. 40 people got first medical aid and we helped 8 people with their documents.

Workshop

In 2008 55 homeless and long-term unemployed people worked and studied in the workshop. They got new skills on renovation furniture and decoration.

Social economy

The main task of community is to earn for living on their own. The income from the shop and workshop is the main financial resource. We collect furniture, household stuff, cloth from citizens, repair it if needed and sell in the shop. We also clean the streets, provide truck service etc.

Street work

Once a week we distribute hot meals in the downtown for almost 100 people. For the few months in 2008 that action was financed by Municipality. In 2008 we had 53 distribution and 5 300 portions.

Kofoed’s social support centre

It was open in February 2008 supported by Kofoed’s school, municipality, and Charitable foundation “Pivdenny”. Homeless people can take shower here, make laundry, eat, get clean cloth, haircut, first medical aid, talk to social worker. Here they are involved to the street magazine selling and also are informed about possibility to join the community.

Solidarity actions

Every year we organize Easter and Christmas and Easter celebrations and invite almost 300 people to be together with companions on these days.

Street magazine “Prosto neba”

In May 2008 we presented the first issue of street magazine “Prosto neba”. The aim of this project is to involve homeless people to active social life, to create conditions for their employment and to attract attention to the problem of homelessness in the society. Many famous journalists and writers are involved in this project. The price of the magazine is 4 UAH and vendor get two of them.

In 2008 we published 8 000 copies of 3 issues.

Cooperation on the local level

In 2008 Oselya traditionally was one of the most active organizations working with homeless. We are members of Coordination Council on homelessness issue in Lviv city and Lviv region. Two Oselya projects were financed by Municipality. Private donators and Charitable Foundation “Pivdennyj” supported solidarity actions.

Oselya was a field for practice for different university students. We participated in all social events organized by Municipality – different conferences, forums, seminars etc.

And many guests visited community in Vynnyky.

Cooperation on the international level

For the last six years we cooperate with Emmaus International movement. In 2008 we had great support from Emmaus Lublin, Novy Sonch, Zheshuv, Emmaus Association and Emmaus Europe. They financed workers’ salaries, running the Community, building works and Social support centre in the end of the year.

Kofoed’s school from Denmark helped to open Social support centre in Lviv and financed it during the year. “Helping hands” from Netherlands presented big tent for solidarity actions. Oselya was co-founder of international council on homelessness Human for humantogether with St. Albert Association (Poland) “New social solutions” (Russia)

Partners in 2008:

Sheptytsky hospital

NGOVynnyky golden youth

Cultural centreDozvillia

Association “Prosvita”

NGO “Narodna dopomoha – Lviv”

Social policy department of Lviv municipality

Registration centre for homeless people

Municipal centre for family and youth

Regional centre of social adaptation

Malta support service

“Doroha” centre

Donators in 2008:

Charitable Fund “Pivdenny”

Komfort Invest”

TzOV “Vynnychanka

TzOV “Setvik”

TzOV Drukservice

TzOV Fortuna service”

TzOV “Halbud

Concern “Еcolan”

St. Volodymyr and Olha church