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.
When the first waves of refugees from Ukraine poured into the coastal city of Burgas in Bulgaria, Acronis employees started to think about how they could help. One of the ideas was to help children process their emotions through art. Evgeniy Susov, a Senior Designer with Acronis, teamed up with Yulia Krasovska, a professional artist who migrated to Bulgaria five years ago from Ukraine, to start art therapy classes for children.
On May 23-25, the “Dreams of Children from Ukraine” exhibit displayed the children’s art. More than 50 children shared their experiences and showed their art to the local Burgas community. Acronis Cyber Foundation organized the event and provided gifts for children.
“In these challenging times, a friend in need is a friend indeed. We are proud of our employees who took action and launched such a great initiative to help children through art,” said Plamen Toshev, Managing Director at Acronis Bulgaria.
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 reduce anxiety.
The project is led by Evgeny Susov and Yulia Krasovska and supported by the Municipality of Burgas, Cultural Center “Sea Casino,” Association of Ukrainian Organizations in Bulgaria “Mother Ukraine,” Mikhal Aprilskaya, Acronis Cyber Foundation, online edition of Gramofona.com, Advertising agency Add image, BurgasVoices, Children’s Choir, Milka Stoeva, “photographer Mikhail Kostadinov, Krasovska Art School, Alla Kostenko, Olesya Danilyuk, Karina Nenasheva, Valentina Shevchenko and others.
Acronis Cyber Foundation has released funds of $250,000 for humanitarian assistance to those in need. If you like to partner us, please contact us.