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The creation of a meeting place, open to everyone that is aimed at the harmonious development of individuals and the creation of a community of like-minded people who will work to improve society.
A meeting place for those who strive to change their lives and the life of their communities through practicing awareness, responsibility, service and integrity.
a training centre that helps visitors to gain inspiration, knowledge and skills and to strengthen their desire to bring positive change to their society.
a place to inspire and implement a variety of initiatives: cultural, ecological, educational, peace-building, social etc.
Baranivka village is situated in the Poltava region of Central Ukraine, between Ukraine’s two biggest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv. The region was described poetically by the famous Ukrainian writer Gogol in his colourful description of life in the nearby villages of Dikan’ka and Sorochyntsi. Baranivka is surrounded by beautiful nature – hills, an apple orchard, forests, and the Psel river. The air is laden with the smell of thyme, wild strawberries, tarragon and recently mown grass.
We are active young people who are ready to give time and energy not only to building a House, but also to practicing and spreading Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. We’ve been inspired to set up the House by activity and the message spread of International organisations Foundations for Freedom and Initiatives of Change. Some of us are part of the two organisations, while others do not associate themselves with either organisation but still share in our philosophy.
From the very beginning of the project, our House started receiving visitors and support not only from Ukrainians, but also from far beyond. Here you may meet people from Australia, Germany, Moldova, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Russia, France, Canada, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania and the USA. Individuals have also visited us from far away and “exotic” countries like Ethiopia, Malaysia, Vietnam and South Korea. More than 367 guests from 28 countries have visited HOUSE in Baranivka project.
The House is always open to your initiatives, energy and ideas!
Learn more at the project website www.baranivka.org
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.