On 23 November, representatives of Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) handed over 100 laptops to educational institutions in the Lviv region. In total, 31 schools received brand new laptops, which were in great need due to the frequent power cuts that also hindered online education processes. That is not all however, as our colleagues were surprised by the Lviv Regional Council at the handover ceremony: Hungarian Interchurch Aid received an award from for the unrelenting support the organisation provided to Ukrainians since the very first days of the Russian aggression.
At the ceremony, the Head of Operation for Hungarian Interchurch in Lviv, Martin Török, expressed his support for Ukrainians and noted that the project was born out of the needs that were shared with the organisation by the authorities and educational institutions themselves. Therefore, together with increased humanitarian aiding, these kinds of projects should be pursued as well in the future.
Roman Kokotaylo, Head of Affairs for the Lviv Regional Council was thankful for the donation. “We have more than 1,300 schools in our region. Hundred laptops may seem like a small amount, but in today’s reality, it is significant help. In the conditions of Russian aggression, unstable operation of the energy system, I think such support of our educational institutions is important. We thank our foreign partners for supporting Ukrainians in this difficult time.”
The 100 laptops distributed among the schools of the Lviv region are part of a bigger project to support Ukrainian educational institutions in their struggle to provide quality education amongst these circumstances. A further hundred laptops are to be handed over in the neighbouring Ivano-Frankivsk region, and Borodyanka’s schools will receive 53 brand new computers too.
“We received three laptops today – this is a great help for us. We have an information technology room in our school, but the technology in it is quite outdated, so this kind of help is very necessary,” said Nadiya Smolin, director of the Hrushiv village school. Oksana Kleputs, headmistress of the Koziv support school, emphasized that computers will be of great help for all the internally displaced children in her institution who fled the warzones of East and South Ukraine.
HIA has arrived to Lviv one week after war broke out in February 2022, setting up a regional office there to provide humanitarian aid for the tens of thousands of people fleeing their homes in other parts of the country. Since then, apart from in-kind donations it has also organised activities for the youth in the biggest community shelter in Lviv, provided psychosocial and cash assistance and supported shelters with all kinds of equipment. Here you can read more about our work in Stryiskyi Park, while by clicking here you can learn about our different cash assistance modalities providing help to the more than 5000 beneficiaries in the region.