Founded in 2002, the Ukrainian Culture Center (UCC) was established to promote Ukrainian culture in Estonia and as a medium for local Ukrainians to preserve their language, culture, and traditions. Since 2014, the UCC has been collecting donations for people living close to the front line.
Following the war in Ukraine, donations have been used to produce mental health literature for traumatized children as well as to translate Estonian textbooks to Ukrainian so that the children are able to continue their education in Estonia. Furthermore, donations have aided schools and childcare facilities with repairs, school supplies, computers, and tickets to cultural events.
The option to donate deposit refunds to help Ukrainian children was very well received by the people of Estonia. After just one week of the initiative's implementation, recyclers began donating three times more than average. By the end of 2022, around €133,000 had been raised in donated deposit refunds, and donations are still being collected to this day.
Donations that also contribute to the environment
Not only has the €133,000 helped Ukrainian children affected by the war, but it also means that over 1.3 million bottles and cans were responsibly recycled, instead of littered in the community or added to landfills. Since Aitan Lapsi was founded, refunds from over 16 million containers have been donated to the organization.
16 million recycled containers equate to an estimate of almost 10 million liters of water being saved and over 132 metric tons of CO2 emissions being prevented – meaning every container donated in the name of Aitan Lapsi not only helps underprivileged children get the support they need, but also contributes to the environment at the same time.
For more information about Aitan Lapsi visit: www.aitanlapsi.ee
For more information about the Ukrainian Culture Center visit: www.ukk.ee/en
For more information about Eesti Pandipakend visit: www.eestipandipakend.ee