Supporting underprivileged people in Western Ukraine

Fred Foundation Ukraine (FFU) was founded in 2002 as a non-governmental charitable organization, inspired by the needs of the unprivileged in Western Ukraine with a focus on health care, housing, individual aid and community care.

To bring the vision of the Fred Foundation to reality in this part of the world, FFU supports people in a professional and active way to empower them without selection of background. The personal relation is key in this process.

A few current projects:

Housing projects

In 2002 the Fred Foundation came into contact with a group of 40 young adults (17-30 years of age), who had been living in a stable on the territory of a boarding school in Perkhrestya for years. Their living and psychological conditions were absolutely horrific. The Fred Foundation bought apartments and houses in Vinogradiv and region, Berehovo, Mukachewo, Hust, Irshava and V-Beresniy to house these and other people. Many of these young people are now married and 16 years after implementation of the project, we still maintain good contacts with these young people and their families.

Halfway House Perechyn

After years of preparations, in 2009 the first stone was laid for a wonderful shelter home in Perechyn . The house has 26 apartments with a private toilet and bathroom, and 3 large communal kitchens. Fred Foundation, CHOE foundation, KidsRights, Wilde Ganzen and NCDO have financially supported this project.

Some of the Ukrainian youths have not been able to take care of themselves properly. Others can’t find or afford housing. Finding a job is difficult but keeping a job is even harder, as there is no guidance or counsel available whatsoever.

This Perechyn shelter home is able to accommodate 50 adolescents and give them guidance and advice.

Centre for mother and child

Housing is a large problem in Ukraine, especially for orphans, boarding school graduates and teen mothers.  For a teen mother, this often means giving up her child.  For Ukraine, this means entirely new generations of children growing up in institutions.  In collaboration with women organization ‘Opika’ we realized a project to provide a home for these young mothers. This is a holistic place where the Opika staff, volunteers, and mentors can work with both the girl and the child in a symbiotic way, preparing them both to create healthy family situations for the future and thus interrupting the cycling of children back into the system.

Psycho-neurological Institution

In this psychiatric institution, direct and structural support/aid is being offered since 2003 to 300 patients living in the institution. Fred Foundation has established good contacts with a large number of patients within the institution. In the period 2011-2014, a major renovation project was carried out, liveable surroundings for the inpatients were realized. Large-scale renovations will also be carried out in the period 2018-2019.

Sakura Centre

In 2014, FFU purchased an old and abandoned factory building. Step by step this old factory will be transformed into a multifunctional centre. The main goals of this project are job creation, housing, childcare and recreation. After a large-scale renovation of the main building in 2017, a day care centre for children with disabilities was realized.

Please contact project manager Jan Ebeltjes for more information about our work in Ukraine.

Fred Matser (founder)

Fred Foundation was founded by Fred Matser in 1996 to contribute to the development of a more functional society. From a vision of interconnectedness of life and circular thinking.

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