On November 5, 2018, at Dnipropetrovsk international airport all attention was again drawn to the group of children who were setting off to the Republic of Lithuania. Sending pupils to Vilnius Lithuania house has become another good tradition of the last five years for the Honorary consulate. 15 children from families of the deceased members of the JFO and the displaced ones from Luhansk, Donetsk regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, who have been painfully affected by military aggression in eastern Ukraine flew to study.
"We came across the prospect for studying in the European gymnasium for almost a year. After hearing the conditions, we could not help accepting. Studying, accommodation, meals, and also scholarship are free of charge. At home, my son lived in good conditions, but we would never, ever have dreamed about having the offered ones, it is a significant help to our family," Andriy Karaybida’s mother said, whose husband deceased during the JFO.
"Children are full of expectations. This is the best investment and compensation that we can give them, remembering what they have experienced at their young age," the displaced Dmytro’s mother said.
It is Lithuania that is the first and the only country which has been inviting schoolchildren from the JFO zone for free schooling. It is worth noting that this is only a part of the effort from Lithuania to help the Ukrainians. Lithuania has many projects related to rehabilitation of children and soldiers, affected by ongoing hostilities, to its credit.
The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania in Dnipro expresses its sincere gratitude to the Lithuanian Government, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine and Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration for the implementation of this project, for the stable history of our cooperation and consistent diplomatic care on the world stage.
At Dnipropetrovsk international airport
Visit to the Embassy of the Lithuania to Ukraine
Tired, but happy at Vilnius Lithuanian House