Results of 2020
This year has presented us with various challenges that have required us to adapt and modify our plans. Despite this, we continued to carry out our mission of helping Ukrainians with an open heart and respect. In 2020, we implemented many new projects and ideas and achieved a lot.
One of the most important areas we focused on this year was providing medical aid. When the coronavirus pandemic became severe, we took immediate action. We provided much-needed material support to six medical institutions in Stryi, including a lung ventilator, 4000 disposable surgical masks, 600 KN95 respirators, 222 sets of protective suits (in collaboration with the Association of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Stryi Region), and 31 non-contact thermometers.
In addition, many people approached us for support after losing their jobs during the quarantine and finding themselves in a difficult financial situation. We provided them with all the necessary products to help them through this challenging time.
At the Karpinski Foundation, we are committed to investing a significant amount of attention, time, and effort into our My First Scholarship program. While it may seem counterintuitive, our ultimate goal is to make charity unnecessary by empowering the younger generation to build a better future for themselves, grow with confidence, and become well-rounded individuals. This year, we have worked extensively with our scholarship holders to achieve these goals:
- We welcomed two new intakes, bringing our total number of scholarship holders to 94, a figure that is set to exceed one hundred within the next month.
- We organized two festivals of public speaking among teenagers, one of which was held online. These events allowed our scholarship holders to demonstrate their public speaking skills, overcome their fears, and share their thoughts with a large audience. Learning these skills at such a young age provides significant advantages for their future.
- We also conducted two public speaking courses for our scholarship holders and offered several other intensive programs, such as the “Career Guidance Course,” “Teen WOW,” “Communication from A to Z,” “Critical Thinking,” and “Ukrainian Language Intensive.” These programs provide valuable opportunities for teenagers to develop critical life skills, ask the right questions, and gain clarity about what they want from life.
- We implemented three scholarship projects, which included providing a TV set to the museum of the 1st school, installing a schoolchild mannequin near the pedestrian crossing of the 7th school to improve traffic safety, and creating a chess corner at the 5th school.
- We produced a mini-film featuring our scholarship holders to showcase the transformational experiences and atmosphere that teenagers undergo when joining the program.
- We launched a new project called “Best Brain Game,” a 100% unique and intellectually stimulating game designed specifically for teenagers. This game not only tests their knowledge and logic but also provides an opportunity to have a good time.
- We organized two photo contests for our scholarship holders to add some diversity to their everyday lives during the quarantine.
- We climbed Mount Pikuy together, where we learned how to support each other and relax in unity with nature.
We are proud of the progress we have made and remain dedicated to providing our scholarship holders with opportunities to reach their full potential.
In 2020, we proudly continued our financial support of “The Way of the Invincibles” for the fourth year in a row. “The Way” is a training camp for young people who seek to positively influence life in their communities. Our fellow is one of the founders of this camp, the goal of which is to educate a new generation of socially conscious and patriotic youth who aspire to take responsibility for their country and become leaders in shaping its future. By supporting “The Way of the Invincibles”, we invest in the development of young people who will become the driving force of positive changes in Ukraine.
At the Karpinski Foundation, we are committed to supporting organizations that help individuals with disabilities. This year, we partnered with the Generation of Successful Action organization in Stryi to provide an escort service for visually impaired individuals. The organization does excellent work teaching blind individuals how to work in social networks, use the internet, and adapt to external conditions. We are proud to have been a part of their efforts to empower and enable people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.
Every summer, the Karpinski Foundation is proud to support the Stryi sports veterans’ organization’s annual trip to Hoverla.
The veterans gather on the eve of Independence Day to climb Ukraine’s highest peak and dedicate the ascent to their country, the Heavenly Hundred, fallen soldiers, and mountain lovers everywhere. This tradition encourages a healthy lifestyle and proves that age is never a barrier to achieving great things. We are honored to contribute to this inspiring event and to support the spirit of patriotism and adventure that it embodies.
Every year, we are proud to be one of the sponsors of the Stryi Cup, a cross-country cycling competition open to both amateurs and professionals. This event is a fantastic initiative that inspires more people to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle.
Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but having the opportunity to compete in such an event is even more rewarding. It encourages people to challenge themselves and strive for excellence, and we are thrilled to support such an empowering and positive event.
We are proud to have provided financial support for the photo project “Two Centuries – One War,” dedicated to the Day of the Defender of Ukraine and the Youth National Congress.
The exhibition tells the story of the Ukrainian people’s long-standing battle against Russian imperialism over the past two centuries. Through these powerful images, visitors gain insight into the strength and perseverance of the Ukrainian people in their fight for independence and self-determination.
In 2020, the Karpinski Foundation provided support to several spiritual initiatives, including:
- The “God is full of love and mercy” seminar organized by “Ukrainian Youth for Christ” to promote spirituality among young people.
- The “Pilgrim’s Prayer Book” by the Stryi Eparchy of the UGCC for the 28th “Walking Pilgrimage to Goshev,” which unfortunately had to be postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
At the end of the year, Maria Karpinska and Kristina Bereznyanska hosted a magical charity event called “Fairy Tale Time”.
The event was a joyous occasion for children and their parents alike. The children played games, participated in competitions and masterclasses, while the parents attended a lecture by a psychologist.
The Karpinski Foundation contributed by doubling the amount raised, thus enabling low-income families to experience the wonder of the holiday season
We ended 2020 on a high note by opening enrollment for the My First Scholarship program, which provides educational opportunities for children in the Stryi community.
To promote the program, Maria Karpinska visited 25 schools in the district, personally speaking with children, teachers, and principals about the program and the new opportunities it offers. She also donated copies of Zynoviy Karpinsky’s book “The Case of Vasyl Stus” to school libraries. This outreach effort allowed us to open doors for new enrollees and bring educational opportunities to more children in the Stryi community.
In 2020, we remained committed to our mission of helping people and organizations in need. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and quarantine measures, we persevered and made a meaningful impact on many lives. We are proud to have been able to contribute to our community during these difficult times, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to make the world a better place for all. Together, we can make a positive difference in the world around us.