Q&A: Yelyzaveta from Mariupol

Yelyzaveta is a 17-year-old orphaned child from Mariupol, Donetsk, Ukraine.

Spilnota is a program managed by UCAP’s partner, RIDNI. It provides orphans and vulnerable youth with vital services, housing, and psychological support, facilitating their growth and social integration.

What do you like most about the Spilnota?
What I like most about Spilnota is the opportunities it offers, as there are plenty of them for me here. In particular, I really enjoyed the “Interpersonal Communication” course, where I gained practical skills in conducting and maintaining dialogue. I am impressed by the people who work here; they are sincere and always ready to support. Since I read a lot, the library here is very helpful to me, providing plenty of interesting reads.

Who do you want to be in the future? What do you aim for?
I want to develop, to know more, and to better utilize skills like soft skills. This is my goal, and I want to achieve it despite the obstacles that may arise along the way. In the future, I see myself as a freelancer or as a business owner.

Imagine your future after graduating from the Spilnota. What could it be like?

To start with, I want to excel in my exams and get into university. I aim to acquire the necessary skills for independent living. Eventually, I want to find a place for internships or practical training because, during the “Career Guidance” course, I learned resume writing and how to write a motivational letter.

I believe that after graduating from Spilnota, my opportunities and worldview will expand, and as a result, I will have the life I dream of.

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