The main activity of organization is functioning of the Community – rehabilitation centre for homeless people. They live and work together, have social trainings and addiction therapy. In 2010 57 homeless people lived in “Oselya”, six of them – children. In the end of the year the Community became larger thanks to the 3 extra rooms and we had 27 companions in December. They’ve got psychological support, medical assistance, pocket money, juridical support, registration. They participated in social trainings courses and different cultural events.
COLLECTING USED GOODS
Every day we receive calls from citizens and our truck goes round the city and collect stuff that people give away for homeless. Later we renovate them if needed and sell in our shop or give out at the Social support centre or to other poor people. In this way “Oselya” also prevent good things to be thrown away as a trash. We also provide transport service for citizens.
In 2010 almost fifty people worked and studied in our workshop. They had opportunity to get new skills on renovation furniture, sewing etc. By working in the workshop people get used to working life in the calm, good atmosphere with the support of social worker. Some people come to work only in day time.
Charity shop is one of the Oselya’s activities. It’s the place where we sell things that were collected in Lviv city – cloth, furniture, household equipment. It’s the main source of Community incomes. In 2010 the workshop and depot moved to the new building and thanks to that the shop has got bigger space.
The companions decorate plates and other dishes in the art workshop. In 2010 5 companions worked and studied in the art workshop. The decorated pates are sold on our charitable shop as well as in souvenir shop in Lviv city.
Social trainings are three months courses for new companions. They include addiction therapy, personal development training and Emmaus history and mission. The courses are run by psychologist and social worker and they take place in afternoon hours. In 2010 we had 4 courses (three months each) 20 people participated in social training.
KOFOED’S SOCIAL SUPPORT CENTER
In 2010 we continued to run Social support centre that was founded in 2008. It’s the only place in Lviv where homeless people can take shower and make laundry. They also can get haircut, first medical aid, and food. Here they talk to social worker and get important information and here they are offered to become street magazine vendors. Most of our companions were clients of this centre first. In 2010 we had more than 1861 visits from 500 different people.
Solidarity with poor people is one of the main values of Community. Oselya does street work since August 2003. The every week food distribution for more than 100 homeless people in the downtown was held in 2010 as well as several years before. This year it was financed and prepared by the companions. During street work we invite people to visit Social support centre and inform them about social service they can receive in Lviv city. We made 50 distributions in 2010.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND EASTER
Twice a year Oselya organizes big holiday celebration for more than 300 hundred poor people. For each event we prepare performances, sing songs and carols. These actions are financed by private donators of Lviv city.
STREET MAGAZINE “PROSTO NEBA”
In 2010 we continued the project of street magazine. It has two aims – to provide social and economical activity of homeless people and inform publicity about the problem of homelessness. In 2010 we published 3 issues, 4 000 copies of each and involved to its selling 15 homeless vendors. The magazine was supported by many famous writers, photographers and journalists.
PROJECT “CONSCIOUSS AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY”
In March 2010 we finished the project “Conscious and democratic society” that was supported by Democracy Funds at United State Embassy in Ukraine and lasted for 12 months. According to the project we had a lawyer who provided homeless people with juridical support. Social workers held trainings in schools and state institutions as well as in Social support center for homeless people. We published informational leaflets and bulletins for homeless people.
In March we held a round table at sociology and social work department at National Lviv Polytechnic University. During the round table we summarized the results of the project and shared the experience with the social work students and lectures.
PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT “EXTRACULTURAL GUESTS”
It’s a project of Cultural management centre that aims to involve social excluded people to cultural life of the city. Cultural management centre is a mediator between cultural and social institutions and invite Oselya’s companions to different concerts, performances etc. In 2010 Oselya’s companions visited cultural events at Art Centre “Dzyga”, National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Lviv city Philharmonic.
In 2010 we finished depot and workshop building in the backyard of Community house. As long as we have finished the building works the living and working conditions became better. The new building we use as a depot where we keep humanitarian aid. There are also furniture workshop, art workshop and laundry. On the attic we have 3 bedrooms, washing room and meeting room.
SOCIAL HOSTEL PROJECT
In 2010 we signed rent agreement with Lviv municipality for the premises where we will create social hostel. Lviv city vice mayor, head of social welfare department and representatives of “Oselya’ were invited to Paris for a study visit. During this study visit the decision was made to hire an expert who would work on the project development and cooperate with Lviv municipality. The salary to the expert was paid by Emmaus Association.
Since 2009 Oselya’s football team participates in different matches organized by NGOs. In 2009 we participated in 4th Open Russia Championship among homeless in Saint Petersburg and was 9th among 12 teams. And team “Oselya” was 1st in the competition “Better goal than injection” among social agencies of Lviv. In September 2010 we won first prize at the football match “Stop narcotics” and third prize in the match devoted to Solidarity Day with HIV/AIDS. The members of the teams are companions, workers and friends of Oselya.
CAMP IN CARPATHIANS
Every year the companions and workers go to Carpathians fro ecological actions and some rest. This year companions from Emmaus Lublin and Koln went with us.
PHOTO EXHIBITION “NO FEATURES OF ARTISTIC LIFE”
On May 31st 2010 in Art Centre “Dzyga” “Oselya” presented photo exhibition “No features of artistic life” by photographer Rostyslav Shpuk. The idea of the project is to represent famous Ukrainian writes, musicians, artists as homeless to attract attention to the problem of homelessness in our society. The project started in 2009. The participants were Taras Prokhasko, Yuriy Izdryk, Yuriy Andrukhovych, Volodymyr Yeshkilev, Sofia Andrukhovych, Oleh Hnativ, Myroslav Yaremak. The project was presented in Ivano-Frankivsk city and Cieshyn city (Poland). During the photo exhibition we also presented 10th issue of street magazine “Prosto neba”.
DECORATED PLATES EXHIBITION
On June 3rd 2010 in the Museum of national architecture “Oselya” presented the exhibition of plated decorated by two companions – Olena Sukhatska and Roman Paruta. The exhibition lasted for two weeks. Now the plates are being sold in the Charitable shop of “Oselya” and in the Souvenir shop in downtown (Rynok square, 10).
VOLUNTEERS FROM NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY
In summer time five volunteers from Netherlands and one from Emmaus Koln worked in Oselya for 3 weeks. They helped at building works, in Social support centre and Charitable shop.
PAINTING THE WALL OF OSELYA CHARITY SHOP
In August the volunteers from different countries painted the wall of Oselya’s shop. The idea was to create home even in ruined walls, so we painted nice interior with tables, sofa and arm-chair and cat. That’s the view on one of the entries to Oselya charity shop.
SAINT NICKOLAS HOLIDAY
In 2010 “Oselya” organized Saint Nickolas holiday for the third time. In the park near Porokhova vezha we made food distribution and gave out small presents for more than 150 homeless and poor people.
COOPERATION ON THE LOCAL LEVEL
In 2010 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 and also members of Council Committee at National Lviv Polytechnic University. Lviv Municipality partly financed the project of rehabilitation centre. Private donators supported several solidarity actions. We participated in all social events organized by Municipality – different conferences, forums, seminars etc. We cooperated with many local NGOs and state organizations – Employment burro, Centre of registration and night shelter, NGOs “Museum of ideas”, “Narodna dopomoha – Lviv”, NGO “Nasha khata” and many others. And many guests visited community in Vynnyky in 2010.
COOPERATION ON THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
For the last seven years we cooperate with Emmaus International movement. In 2009 we had great support from Emmaus Lublin, Novy Sonch, Zheshuv, Emmaus Association, Emmaus Europe and Emmaus International. In April 2010 we became full members of International Emmaus Movement. In 2010 we signed rent agreement with Lviv municipality for the premises where we will create social hostel. Lviv city vice mayor, head of social welfare department and representatives of “Oselya’ were invited to Paris for a study visit. Oselya participated in Collective and Regional Emmaus meetings as well as in Emmaus Salon in Paris.
PARTNERS IN 2010:
- Sheptytsky hospital
- NGO “Museum of ideas”
- NGO “Vynnyky golden youth”
- Cultural centre “Dozvillia”
- Association “Prosvita”
- NGO “Narodna dopomoha – Lviv”
- NGO “Book forum”
- Lviv Public Forum
- Social policy department of Lviv municipality
- Registration centre for homeless people
- Municipal centre for family and youth
- Regional centre of social adaptation
- Lviv city employment berau
- “Doroha” centre
- NGO “Nasha khata”
- Verkhovynsky centre for family and youth