The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.
- to support Ukraine through humanitarian crisis relief projects to contribute to Ukraine’s brave endurance;
- to create opportunities for a better future for those in need in both Ukraine and Luxembourg;
- to strengthen relations between Luxembourg and Ukraine in economic, cultural and social aspects;
- to promote Ukraine as a fair partner amongst European nations, to shed visibility on its true power to contribute on a global level.
Our association was founded in 2014 following the spirit of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and continued to act amid the ongoing war from that year, focusing on
- saving human lives
- creating awareness about situation in Ukraine
- direct involvement with the community
- social and cultural integration
Following the russian invasion in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014, in LUkraine we had identified humanitarian and medical sphere to be our priorities. We were focusing on collecting and procuring hemostatic medical materials, first aid kits and hospital equipment. Back then we have sent our first ambulance to Slovyansk, it was the only reanimation vehicle in the town for the next two years.
During that period, we learnt that together we are stronger. Building a community, that preserves its Ukrainian identity and at the same time enjoys cultural exchange, created a strong base for today’s LUkraine. Language and integration courses for Ukrainians and Luxembourgers became a true networking platform to build a link between Ukrainian and Luxembourgish cultures. Saturday school “Barvinok” welcomed the smallest Ukrainians to learn about their country while living beyond its borders.
In 2019, Ukrainian stand at annual charity fair “International Bazaar” had received a grant for “I am the Future of Ukraine” – “City of Good” project, which supports mothers and children in need and creates inclusive children’s playgrounds (Chernivtsi).
Distance from Luxembourg to Ukraine is less than 1300 km, while gap in knowledge of each other cultures is bigger. LUkraine had organized visits of a number of famous Ukrainians – artist Ivan Marchuk, writers Kateryna Babkina, Irena Karpa, Serhii Zhadan, activist and musician Ruslana Lezhychko, to fill this void and introduce Ukraine to local residents.
An action “Let’s light a candle of memory”, dedicated to the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933, was supported by Ukrainian Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and was attended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
LUkraine’s continues its efforts to promote Ukraine’s positive representation in Europe as well as create opportunities for a better future for those in need. Foremost, LUkraine asbl aims to work towards Ukraine’s recognition as a fair partner amongst European nations, to shed visibility on its true power to contribute on a global level.
LUkraine asbl founders in 2014