Taras Shevchenko

Kyiv, Ukraine joined us 20 May 2023

My technical background with over 15 years in high-load development allows our team to implement unique solution for transparent & predictable growth of charity in Ukraine. #rebuildUkraine #humanitarianAid

Even before the full-scale war, we formed such a community of friends and acquaintances, we traveled together, had parties. When the full-scale invasion began, Vika, one of our co-founders, offered to go to Gostomel and organize a “dog toloka” there – to help the local animal shelter: repair enclosures, clean something, simple physical work. 40-50 people gathered at that time. There were three such talks, and then Vika and another of our co-founders – Dima, suggested going to the de-occupied Chernihiv region, because Kyiv region was receiving a lot of attention, and few people knew about the situation in Chernihiv region.
9 Sep, Sat 2:00 - 19:00
Kyiv, Metro station "Universitet"
Oleksandr Buchinskiy is one of the DJs who has provided a pulse for the clean-up raves. "These are all young people that still have a passion for life, but they feel pain and are very sad and angry because of the war," Buchinskiy told.
Also, with the help of our partners, we have already repaired 30 houses and build from scratch 7 new houses and those families are back in their homes. Our next milestone is to build 16 more new houses. During our work, we held 15 concerts and 3 raves with dozens of DJs and performers.
27 Sep, Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Kyiv, Metro station "Universitet"
So we went on a reconnaissance, saw everything with our own eyes, got to know people who needed help. The day before, I had just resigned from my job in the IT field – because at that moment I understood that it did not correspond to my values, that I could not do creative work for America and France, which were in no way related to what is happening in Ukraine.
And we realized that we can also gather people to help the residents of the destroyed villages of Chernihiv Oblast – but on a larger scale and more efficiently. I created an Instagram page, designed the necessary information so that we could go out into the world already with a name and a logo, and that’s how it all began. And already in June, we officially registered as an organization.
And from such microformats we came to what we have now. Because they saw how important it is, how psychologically easier it is for people after hard work to allow themselves to rest, rejoice, dance, just sit by the fire and feel alive. It’s incredibly unifying, and that’s why people come back again and again, ready to work on Saturday and Sunday after a week at their main job. It is great to see volunteers who come every weekend or every other weekend. Of course, they get tired, but it is a pleasant tiredness.
Over the entire Repair Together activity, we have already managed to attract more than four thousand people. This season, our record crowd was Kupalska – then 400 volunteers came.
So we went on a reconnaissance, saw everything with our own eyes, got to know people who needed help. The day before, I had just resigned from my job in the IT field – because at that moment I understood that it did not correspond to my values, that I could not do creative work for America and France, which were in no way related to what is happening in Ukraine.
19 Sep, Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Kyiv, Metro station "Universitet"