FLASHMOB FROM MTOT #Я_ЗНАЮ_ГЕРОЯ - OVER 100 FASCINATING STORIES TOLD BY UKRAINIANS WITHIN THE SOCIAL INFORMATION CAMPAIGN #ГЕРОЇНАШИХСЕРДЕЦЬ

More than 100 users have already participated in the flashmob #Я_Знаю_Героя, founded in June by the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as «MTOT»). They told stories about people that despite the circumstances - war and occupation - find the strength not only to live and achieve success, but also to selflessly help others, to engage in social and volunteer activities

All these stories can be found in a special section of the project site #ГЕРОЇНАШИХСЕРДЕЦЬ. The organizers of the flashmob encourage Ukrainians to take an example from people who leave their stories on the site. Everyone can share such a story by filling out a form: https://heroes.mtot.gov.ua/i-know-hero/.

Most of the stories are devoted to people who moved from the temporarily occupied part of Donbas or Crimea, they are actively and productively integrating into new communities - they create non-governmental organizations that help others, start a new business, or open spaces for interaction near the contact line. There are also a lot of stories about Ukrainian warriors and volunteers, about writers who had to leave their homes, but remain creatively active, as well as about children who help others. Here are a few of such stories:

Liudmila Chaplyhina had to leave Crimea at a respectable age; she is already over 70 years old. She left not only business - a fitness clubin Crimea, but also her daughter. At the new location, in Kamianets-Podilskyi, she doesn't only lead fitness classes for older generation, but also helps other displaced persons to apply for grants. In addition, she is engaged in the art of the Playback Theatre.

Kateryna Nechaieva almost from the first days of Maidan, and then from the beginning of the war, has been engaged in volunteer activities. She created the charity foundation «VILNIi-YUA», organized a huge number of peoplearound her in a powerful volunteer movement, which is trusted by those who help and those who receive help.

Daria Kasianova from the first days of the war was fully involved in mission of saving civilians, primarily helping to evacuate children from boarding schools, orphans deprived of parental care. In general, due to her 40 000 people were evacuated, of which 12 000 children including from boarding schools in Donetsk oblast.

Natalia Sosnitska opened the creative space in Kostiantynivka - a small town in Donetsk oblast, inspired by the experience of Kramatorsk. Now young people and teenagers come there, communicate with each other, together they realize various cultural, artistic and social projects. This is the first institution of such type in the city.

The rest of stories from users can be found at: https://heroes.mtot.gov.ua/stories/

Flashmob #Я_Знаю_Героя is a continuation of the social information project #ГЕРОЇНАШИХСЕРДЕЦЬ, recently launched by the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

At the heart of the project are videos of real stories of 9 heroes whose lives were changed due to the war in the East and the occupation of Crimea. But they didn’t choose path of revenge and despair. They are already changing the history and step by step building peaceful future.

The project HEROES OF OUR HEARTS is implemented with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).