On May 19, 2017, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United States, Mrs. Mari Jovanovich, attended the training course "Economic Opportunities for People Affected by Conflict” in Dnipropetrovsk. The Project Director mrs. Natalya Karbovskaya also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the ambassador interacted with the participants, was interested in their business ideas, living conditions, sources of assistance to IDPs and cooperation with local authorities. In turn, the participants of the training told about their reasons for moving to the Dnipropetrovsk region, the difficulties they face in connection with displacement, housing problems and employment. Particularly future entrepreneurs noted the usefulness of the project "Economic Opportunities for People Affected by Conflict” implemented by the international charity fund "Ukrainian Women Foundation" with the support of USAID Ukraine , regional partner of the Project in Dnipropetrovsk region - NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center".
In particular, all speakers emphasized the importance of the training component and the high level of preparation and implementation of the project in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
During the meeting, the Project Coordinator in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ms. Oksana Miroshnychenko described the features of the selection of participants, training events and post-training support for participants and project participants. The trainers of the Dnieper team, Olga Shulik and Galyna Tselovalnychenko, provided a personal vision of the importance of the Project and its positive distinctions from other programs of IDPs’ support, which were previously implemented in the region, as well as other aspects of the lives of displaced persons who need special attention and support from the authorities and public organizations.
Summing up the meeting, Mrs. Natalia Karbovska emphasized the importance of obtaining information directly from participants and project participants. She thanked them for frank and sincere communication, and she expressed her deep conviction that the participants will become successful entrepreneurs in the very near future and will be able to independently build their prosperous future, inspired by their example of other internally displaced persons.
On Monday, April 3, at the Parle Conference Center, a first training course within the framework of the USAID "Economic Opportunities for People Affected by Conflict” was held . Project implemented in Ukraine by the the international charity fund "Ukrainian Women's Fund" with the support of USAID. The regional partner of the project in Dnipropetrovsk region is the NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center". 134 applications were submitted for participation in the training, from which participants of the training course were selected. The first training was preceded by individual interviews, which resulted in the final formation of the training group. Ahead there are ten training modules, development and protection of business plans and further participation in the grant competition.On March 28, at the press center "Most Dnepr”, a press conference on the initiatives of the "IDPs and host communities: building tolerance through dialogue" was held. The head of the regional partner - NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center" - Oksana Miroshnichenko told about the project implementation since February 2016 in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Six winners of the grant competition also presented the results of implementing their own projects in the Dnipro, Novomoskovsk and Pavlohrad communities.
The project in Dnipropetrovsk region is being implemented by the NGO "Women's Information and Coordination Center" in partnership with the international charity fund "Ukrainian Women's Fund" with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
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