In the short history of this century Ukraine is a country that has been marked by eruptions of conflict within the country The Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Maidan protests in the winter of 2013/14 were world news. Olena Kashkarova is one of the people who works to restore mutual trust in this deeply divided country. She is one of the leaders of the Foundations for Freedom (F4F) initiative, that seeks to bridge the divides between different groups in society by stimulating dialogue. On 5 April she was in the centre of Initiatives of Change in The Hague to tell about her work.
In a splendid ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne’s Civic Centre on 23 May, Cllr David Down, a former full-time volunteer with Initiatives of Change, was elected as the Lord Mayor of the city for 2018-19. His fellow councillors added good-humoured banter during formal speeches in support of him. His wife, Barbara, who is IofC UK's head of personnel and IofC's webmaster, becomes the Lady Mayoress.
Creators of Peace UK hosted a visit from Iman Al Ghafari and Ola Al Darwish who run Creators of Peace Circles in Damascus, Syria sharing inspiration of how women are supporting one another in the midst of war.
In Ukraine, Initiatives of Change is known officially as Foundations for Freedom. F4F, as it is often called, is tackling some of the country’s most difficult challenges. Three of its leaders write about it.