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Last updated: December 02, 2020

December 2, 2020

Artiom was just one when, in 2014, he and his mother, Hanna, moved to Sviatohirsk from occupied Makeyevka in Donetsk Oblast. As a child with special educational needs, Artiom had few opportunities to play with other kids and make friends due, in part, to deeply rooted social stigmatization and negative presumptions around anyone with special needs in Ukraine. 

December 2, 2020

Nataliya Moskovets is a sign language interpreter with 25 years of experience who became a civil activist. She specializes in court interpretation, so she knows better than anyone how difficult it is for people with disabilities to receive proper court services.

December 2, 2020

Capricious and opaque legal decisions continue to be one of the main problems facing the Ukrainian justice system. But Ukrainians aren’t waiting for the system to change on its own. Activists and startups are working to improve the legal system to safeguard the rights of all citizens. One such startup is the Court on the Palm, an open-data online application that helps solve two main problems facing the judicial system: non-transparency and inconsistency of judicial practice.

December 2, 2020

With the introduction of a new online service, Ukrainians can now review historical reports and accident information about a car that interests them, without middlemen or bribes.

Oleksiy, a businessman in the fruit and vegetable sector, often has to drive around the country to set up deals with growers and distributors, check the quality of the goods, and pick up various items. His company has several vehicles in its fleet at any given time, both passenger cars and cargo vans. Every vehicle that Oleksiy owns is used and the fleet constantly needs replacements.

December 1, 2020

Serhiy Novosad is an HIV case finder for the NGO Penitentiary Initiative in Mykolaiv Oblast.  As part of USAID’s Serving Life project, Serhiy works to motivate people who inject drugs (PWID) and their peers to get tested for HIV and provides HIV self-test kits. He refers those who test positive for a second test to confirm their status and helps them access care, if needed.