The Open Society Foundations, of which the International Renaissance Foundation is a part, is joining the projects of the Olena Zelenska Foundation to support children raised in large foster families in the frontline, de-occupied and affected regions of Ukraine. USD 1 million will be used to provide conditions for the development of Ukrainian children, their recreation away from hostilities, creating opportunities for socialization and improving their mental state.
This was the topic of a meeting between the Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, Alexander Soros, the Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, Oleksandr Sushko, and the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and the Director of her Foundation, Nina Gorbacheva.
Following the meeting, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Olena Zelenska Foundation and the International Renaissance Foundation.
“Every project of my Foundation is centered on people, and children in particular. My team and I are trying to do everything we can to ensure that children in Ukraine study, develop their talents, socialize and have a childhood despite the war. I am grateful to the Open Society Foundations for their intention to cooperate and partner with us,” said Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine and founder of the Foundation.
“I am grateful that we now have a new partner – the Open Society Foundations. Thanks to your contribution, we will be able to scale up our projects, especially those aimed at the development, socialization, recreation and improvement of the mental state of children raised in large foster families,” said Nina Gorbacheva, director of the Olena Zelenska Foundation.