As Ukrainians struggle to flee from the conflict, it’s important for everyone globally to contribute to various humanitarian efforts to make these transitions as easy as possible for the people of Ukraine. When the world seems darkest, there are always those whose compassionate actions light a path to happiness and prosperity.
These are the stories of some of those shining lights, and what they do to make these hard times easier for those most affected.
Eugene Susov – Senior Designer with Acronis in Bulgaria
When the first wave of refugees from Ukraine poured into Burgas, Eugene and his wife were gripped by the sad faces of the children. Together with their friend Yulia Krasovska, a professional artist, who migrated to Bulgaria five years ago from Ukraine, they quickly started the art therapy initiative to reach out to these families.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy involves using various creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine their art’s psychological and emotional undertones. Art therapy can help children and youth with their emotions, relieve stress and improve anxiety symptoms.
What started as a small personal act of humanitarian support has prompted many others to join them. Employees from Acronis global offices have donated to purchase the art supplies, and the Municipality of Burgas is providing the venue every Wednesday. The first session started on 16 March 2022, with 27 refugee children aged 4 to 12 years old, exploring the theme of peace, goodness and faith.
The art therapy initiative is planning to hold an exhibition in May to display the artwork, with the support of the Acronis Cyber Foundation.
(left to right): Anelia Kazakova (Municipality of Burgas), Mikhal Aprelskaya, Eugene (Genie) Susov, Yulia Krasovska
All photos are used with permission from the participants and photographer Mihail Kostadinov
Acronis Cyber Foundation has partnered with UNICEF to alleviate the suffering of refugees from Ukraine. We have released funds of up to $250,000 for humanitarian assistance to those in need — our goal is to collect an additional $250,000 from Acronis’ donors through our partnership with UNICEF.
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