Developing relationships

2007, like the previous year, was characterised by working to support the efforts of local organisations in our target countries, rather than taking substantial convoys overland. Rather than being a philosophical shift, this was rather in response to the particular needs we were aware of and requests we received.

We worked with the Our Generation youth group in Ukraine in particular, for example by providing hosting for websites for several of their “departments” — specialist clubs for things like making music, and touring with their HIV-awareness theatre.

Their theatre has travelled from their home city in Ukraine, to several other cities and even to Poland, with support from European Union funding.

We also continued working on “twinning” projects between youth groups and theatre companies in Britain (plus also the Americas!), and our destination countries, particularly Ukraine.