The war in Ukraine has been going on for 160 days, but the inhabitants are slowly starting to rebuild the damaged villages and cities. Repair Together is a grassroots initiative of young people who coordinate the work of volunteers helping local people to clear their homes. “We want to show that we have not been broken. It is not only repairing houses, it is also repairing ourselves” – says Tania, who supervises the purchase of the necessary equipment. Before the war, she was a marketing manager and co-founder of a community for travelers.
Repair Together, mostly composed of young volunteers from Kiev and people coming from Ukraine and abroad, organizes techno-sounding events. This time, however, it is not about dancing, but about repairing houses destroyed during the Russian attacks. So far, they have managed to complete eight projects and repair 15 houses.
They are rebuilding Ukraine to the sounds of techno
Due to the ongoing war, the Ukrainian club scene has come to a standstill, so Repair Together invites music lovers to fill the gap by volunteering to help their Ukrainian colleagues. “Volunteering is my way of life now,” said AP Tania, co-organizer of Repair Together. “I like electronic music and I used to party. But now it’s war time and we want to help and we do it with music.”
Vika coordinates construction works in Ukrainian towns destroyed by the Russians, is responsible for contacts with the press, foundations and charities. Before the war, she was an activist, project manager and traveler. Oksana, who in Repair Together is responsible for organizing trips and communicating with volunteers, worked as an architect and organizer of trips before the war.
Oleksandr is one of the DJs who provide good music during repairs. “These are all young people who still have a passion for life, but feel pain and are very sad and angry about the war,” he said. “They feel the need to take part in this historic moment, help people and make Ukraine a better place.”
Future Repair Together projects include the construction of 12 new homes for people who lost their homes during the war. Without the help of volunteer groups, government efforts to rebuild homes would likely take years.
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