3 May 2023
This year, we have had a shared experience of surviving the extremes of a full-scale war and waiting for a new, no less difficult year. 2022 was bitter, with painful losses, hard to comprehend, incredibly vulnerable and exposed. Dense, saturated, and intense. In spite of everything and against all odds.
What did we manage to commit?
Resilience and self-help
Triggers and most frequently used definitions of this year. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, hundreds of NGOs have actively responded to burning challenges. This has become one of the determining factors for the efficiency and resilience of Ukrainian society. The ZMIN team also shifted their focus to respond to demands and needs for support in times of war, with flexibility and vulnerability to the situation.
At the time of the greatest extremes, it is critical to define and match values, to understand where and why we are together.
Multicomponent approach and Interaction
Solutions to challenges are not efficient without an integrated approach. The public sector, business, and government share more goals than ever. Intersections and proper synergy can intensify an efficient response to the challenges of war, which should nourish a good ground for development and revival.
Flexibility and Adaptability
The benefits of a local private foundation is that it can be flexibile and context-bound. To reinforce the actors and areas overlapping with the current context, while creating opportunities for the buildup of knowledge and tools for strategic thinking.
Honesty and Awareness
Our society is on the path of change. These changes are and will be difficult and complex. They will require new efforts and models. This calls for high-quality knowledge, analytics and consolidation at different levels.
Where are we going next?
This year has shown more clearly that community-building processes are key and valuable for ZMIN. The community can build an ecosystem of strategic impact. The foundation's capital primarily focuses on strengthening and reinforcing this ecosystem.
Our short-term objective this year is to build a model of balance between emergency response
to the challenges of extreme conditions and long-term solutions.
We are grateful to each and every one for staying with us during this incredibly difficult year.
WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU
Activities in 2022 for ЗMIN were channeled into such key areas: emergency response, systemic support to the challenges of war, sustainable long-term programs, and strengthening the community network.
In the first months of the full-scale invasion, the ЗMIN team, like hundreds of other foundations and organizations, shifted our focus to urgent challenges.
Later – we focused on the medical support and procurement of vehicles.
The second half of the year brought the resumption of long-term, systemic, and sustainable programs, with a focus on strategic action and impact. Every decision is about resilience and strength to build the tomorrow together.
The key focus for ЗMIN this year was to strengthen the network of partners – a community of like-minded people to develop solutions within a common value framework.
Despite the fact that the foundation's strategy is to ensure systemic, consistent, and long-term activities, flexible and sensitive to the context, since February, 24, we have reformatted and focused on emergency response.
With a focus on the relative security of the team, our main decision was to respond and act in support of the military, medics, and civilians, to be able to resume sustainable programs and plans later.
Subsequently, a more comprehensive and systematic approach was developed. We worked closely with foundations, non governmental organizations, and military formations. We established cooperation with government agencies, volunteers, and activists.
During this time, a unique architecture of networks, communities, and people was built. It made it possible to respond efficiently, and act in the interests of society in the conditions of war.
To summarize the activities throughout the year, we realize that the major challenge in such crisis settings is good coordination of action, and the possibility to use money as an effective resource.
01 Support for funds and institutions that are engaged in the challenges of full-scale war.
02 Support of the economy.
Strengthening of local producers who work to meet needs in a state of war. For systemic support and development of entrepreneurship in Ukraine.
03 Culture in time.
Programs to support culture, museums, heritage, education.
04 Science and technology.
Strengthening invention in the direction of development and innovation by scientists and engineers.
Grant program 2022 supported social change makers who continued their uninterrupted activities with account for challenges of the full scale war.
Understanding the challenges and realizing the complexity of activities in extreme conditions, the program did not have a clear framework and complex procedure. We focused on topical issues: integration and rehabilitation. However, it is very important that approaches to the study of these topics could be very diverse: educational practices, communication campaigns, book publishing, the development of science, etc.
Project implementation regions: Kyiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Melitopol, Kherson, Ternopil. Despite the fact that the priority of the competition was to focus on the region with the opportunity to have warm contact and interact with teams working with large-scale challenges at the micro level – the number of applications from Lviv was only 10.5%, the number of teams that indicated Lviv as the place of implementation was 13%.
The grant format is well provided for the first joint interaction with new organizations with the possibility of further sustainable network of ЗMIN partnerships for systematic expert activities for the sake of strengthening effective social transformations and sustainable development is increasing.
01 Workshop of culture practitioners
Certified modular program for culture practitioners. Educational platform for professional development, personal growth, making and maintaining partnerships in the field of culture. The workshop is held in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Studies of UCU and ICC.
• 18 participants - practitioners of culture from Kherson, Bakhmut, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Lviv
• 6 Trainers
• 2 months, 7 modules
• 4 final group projects
02 Kharkiv School of Architecture
2 full scholarships and institutional support constancy of KhSA. Scholarships cover a significant share of the cost of training and provide an opportunity for gifted and ambitious young people to obtain a high quality and relevant architectural education.
03 Boryviter Military Training School
The military school "Boryviter" was created in April 2022, in response to the military invasion of the Russian Federation. The mission is to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the war with Russia by providing intensive and free of charge training courses for Ukrainian servicemen, as well as promoting the development of Ukraine's capacity to independently provide modern and efficient military training according to the standards of NATO countries. Support from ЗMIN – providing a full modular course of training in the area of UAV aircraft type – training of 8 crews (16 cadets). All cadets passed the exams and already use the acquired knowledge in practice.
Supporting the campaign to distribute the comic book “Maria and I”. The book is an autobiographical work by Miguel Gayardo. The comic strip introduces the readers to the experience of families raising children with disabilities and to their daily challenges. It counteracts discrimination, develops an empathic and tolerant attitude for people with disabilities.
In addition, an important focus is the support of book publishing – Ukrainian translation of popular books diversifies and enriches the sector, and grows the reading culture. This year, 5,000 copies were printed. The book appeared on the shelves of popular bookstores and in online stores. It is available and competitive among other publications. The profit from the sale of the book goes to support the activities of Emmaus.
A survey project to study the needs for social services at the level of Lviv city territorial community. Lviv CTH has several municipal institutions that provide social services to different categories of people in distressed situations. Due to the large number of people that now temporarily live in the community, of necessity, it is important to understand what services need to be developed on the ground, to have tools for assessing the quality of providing basic social services and to understand the actual need of citizens.
To this end, the Dzherelo Center initiated and commissioned a sociological survey among recipients of social services in the Lviv CTH run by the Fama sociological agency.
03 Let the kids move
Let the children move! It is a national civic movement in Ukraine to create a proactive school environment for the dissemination of new global educational practices into the system of educating and developing children in Ukraine.
As part of cooperation with the ЗMIN Foundation, writing cabinets were purchased to run an educational experiment in educational institutions in Rzeszów, Poland. The development of the methodology and the conduct of research takes place in cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian scientists. According to its findings, a research paper will be published in co-authorship, which will become the basis for recommending the method with a dynamic change in postures not only in Ukrainian schools, but also in schools of the European Union.
04 Museum of the City
Participatory educational project for young people is a space for recording, analyzing and sharing the experience of exploring the city with peers and all those interested in a different perception of the city.
The first stage of the project is the mapping of the central part of the city, implemented in 2021- 2022.
The second stage is the study of the Naukova neighbourhood and the creation of an alternative quest route with a focus on the personal experience of younger residents.
05 Kharkiv School of Architecture
Kharkiv School of Architecture is a private institution of higher education. The vision is to create a new tradition of Ukrainian architecture and to fuse a new generation of architects and urbanists who have deep knowledge and skills in the profession, who have critical thinking and are responsible.
Because of the full-scale war, the school had to relocate from Kharkiv to Lviv. The ЗMIN helped them organize the premises for study, at the Academy of Arts that hosted students and lecturers.
01 Triennial of Contemporary Art Ukrainian section
The Ukrainian section is a triennial of contemporary Ukrainian art, launched in 2010 in Lviv and designed to present about contemporary Ukrainian art, mostly outside
Ukraine. In 2022, from November, 4 to December, 4, the fifth Ukrainian section was held in Lithuania in Kaunas, the European Capital of Culture 2022. The theme of the fifth section is UKRAINE! UNMUTED.
This topic was prompted by the times, by the desire of Ukrainians to talk about themselves, a response to the demand of many people in the world who look at Ukraine carefully and with interest. “The Ukrainian voices began to be listened to more closely when they noticed the explosions and turned on the sound.
Ukrainian art, which remained in the “blind spot”, is always present, but still invisible, ”is a fragment of the concept.
UKRAINE UNMUTED brought together an exhibition of art projects by contemporary Ukrainian artists, a discussion program with speakers from Ukraine and abroad, and a collection of essays on the cultural context and background of Ukraine. The exhibition includes 17 art projects: video, installations, art pieces, painting, graphics, performance, and photography from 27 Ukrainian artists.
The project is implemented by the Institute of Culture Strategy, the NGO "Institute of Contemporary Art" and "Armenian 35" with the support of the Lviv City Council, the ЗMIN Foundation, the International Renaissance Foundation, and the office of the European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022.
02 Lecture of Independence from Halyna Kruk
“Ukrainian art is now either a weapon or a first aid kit,” Halyna Kruk.
Visionary meeting for Independence Day “Man vs War” organized by the Institute of Culture Strategy. The formats of celebrating and honoring Independence Day are different. This multiplicity of choices is an important part of civil society. We make our choices with the question "who else but for me."
The choice is shaped by the Ukrainian culture that keep saying that a person should be civically engaged.
03 ЗMIN IN
ЗMIN IN is a platform for dialogue uniting efforts for the interaction of the public sector, business, managers, philanthropists, and government authorities.
The pilot meeting of the series was a visionary conversation, a workshop with Iryna Solovey, about ecosystem leadership as a source of self sufficiency of Ukraine. They talked about new opportunities for fruitful interaction between citizens, businesses, and local self-government in Ukraine. It was about trust, dialogue forms, and building peer relations.
Iryna Solovey is a community development strategist and president of the Garage Gang NGO, co-founder of the Big Idea platform.
The horizontal track for 2023 is the strengthening of the community of like-minded people.
As a society, we are getting closer to realize that for complex challenges it is more efficient to make decisions in partnership.
Post-war transformation will require coordination of joint effort, acquisition of new knowledge, and development of new models and policies.
The partners the the Foundation brings together create a strategic impact ecosystem that combines an interdisciplinary approach and tools.
Report ЗMIN 2022