Ukrainian House volunteer Natalia from Ukraine, who runs creative workshops, works with children from the age of 11. These are very popular with children, regularly 10 or even 15 of them visit there. For example, last week on Friday, children made cats in warm fur coats made of wool. At People in Need, we make sure that children have access to the necessary tools and can freely engage in creative work. We also do not forget the teenagers that our colleagues took to the Laser Arena in Žilina. “We wanted to have fun, as most teenagers attend a Slovak school in the morning and a Ukrainian school in the afternoon. They are tired, but since their mothers still hope to return to Ukraine in a short time, it is difficult to finish school in Ukraine. They want to have somewhere to return – to the same class, to the same friends,” said our colleague Nina.
They always look forward to meeting her because their meetings are fun and friendly. Gradually, Slovak teenagers are also involved in the activities, and they are building new friendships with their Ukrainian peers. “The language barrier is not a problem at all. Children are brought together by teamwork, as in the laser arena, where two teams fought against each other, and interests, such as sports. They support each other, it’s beneficial for all parties,” added Nina.