Libraries Without Borders has deployed Ideas Box across Ukraine, with one each in the cities of Lviv, Drohobych, Vinnytsia, Butcha, and Dnipro. These pop-up libraries offer displaced families a moment of escape from their ordeal, and provide them access to educational and cultural resources to help them rebuild their lives. One year since the start of the Russian invasion, we met with Hilb Lobanov, coordinator of Child friendly space Parasolka in Drohobytch, and Anastassia Moldovan, director of the Kvadrat Regional Youth Center in Vinnytsia, who have each made use of an Ideas Box in their respective cities. They’ve both acknowledged the essential role of these pop-up libraries in times of war, which have already helped more than 2,000 citzens and displaced persons in these cities.
On February 24, 2022, Russia began its full-scale attack on Ukraine. One year later, the number of victims is staggering: nearly 300,000 deaths, 5.7 million displaced persons within Ukraine, and 7.5 million Ukrainian refugees throughout Europe.
Since the start of the invasion, BSF has acted to help the population within Ukraine and throughout Europe. In order to prioritize access to education and culture during this conflict, our teams have implemented a vast action plan to protect and support Ukrainian citizens, internally displaced persons, and refugees, especially the youth. The plan is currently assisting people seeking asylum in France, Belgium, Italy, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine.
“The war is like a deep earthquake, a big misfortune for every Ukrainian. The people, especially the youth, are the driving force of development, progress, and reconstruction of the country. That is precisely why we need to work tirelessly with young people, highlight their talents, develop their skills, and create new ways to get back on their feet.” Anastassia Moldovan, director of the Kvadrat Regional Youth Center in Vinnytsia.