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About the Museum

Museum of Civilian Voices is the world's largest collection of stories of the civilians who suffered from the War in Donbass

Our mission

Collecting, arranging and sharing accounts of civilian witnesses in Donbass for a better understanding of life in conflict, for a better future

Our objectives

Enable Donbass civilians to share their personal expressions and experiences

Collect first-hand stories to raise awareness of the conflict among the Ukrainian and international community

Help boost emotional wellbeing of Donbass residents

Our collection: Background

Throughout the years of conflict in Donbass, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been doing more than help people survive, it has been providing support, comfort, and hope. All these years we have been there to help civilians, and they know that they have not been left to fend for themselves.The Foundation has unique stories told by civilians, as we work in the hottest spots – difficult-to-access and dangerous areas where no one else could reach.

With these witness accounts, we have created and continue to supplement a one-of-a-kind virtual museum, the world's largest collection of such stories.

The Museum of Civilian Voices is an unprecedented documentary initiative seeking to tell the whole world about civilians whose lives have been forever divided into before and after the conflict.

Collected stories and collected materials make an exceptional source of information for historians, researchers, and journalists, as well as for shooting documentaries and fiction films, writing books, and developing other projects that will help preserve history as it is.

Our slogan

Preserving the past and the present for a better future

Our team

Iryna Blazhan

Programme and Project Director, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

Andriy Mishchenko

Project Manager
The Museum of Civilian Voices
founded by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

 

Olga Guk

Chief Project Editor, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

 

Oksana Boyarynova

Programme and Project Manager, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

 

Testimonials

Many thanks to those who have been working on the project. This is a very ambitious initiative, almost unprecedented for our country.

Speaking in a global context, there are very few examples to follow. A thousand collected stories  is a very big source of data and already a great success.

The goal is very noble, so I wish you every success.

Anton Drobovych

Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory\Remembrance, 2020

Frankly, I am fascinated by the Foundation's idea to create such a museum and to make the voices of civilians heard. This is a very important project.

We hear the civilian voices to pass them on to future generations.
So that they understand what a nightmare an armed conflict can be.

I believe that this museum has an enormous potential.
My impression is extremely positive, I am amazed at the magnitude of work and I wish you every success.

Pablo Mateu

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Ukraine

The Museum of Civilian Voices is a very ambitious project, which belongs to the future.

It is hard to deal with memory. No society can talk these grievous traumas through without the support of the government and private initiatives. Especially if you remember that our traumatic factor, the war in Donbass, is still ongoing.

This is one of the most difficult cases to deal with. The magnitude of this mission is incredible.

The Museum of Civilian Voices is unprecedented. The endeavour to create such a museum is breaking a new ground right now.

Anton Drobovych

Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory\Remembrance, 2021

The Foundation pursues a very important mission. Civilians living in the conflict area deserve to be heard. Their testimonies will help study this conflict.

Alex Lenaerts

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Ukraine

War is such a thing that every cell in your body wants to forget, because it’s painful. But, if we forget it, chances are it will never end. And it can happen again.

The mission of the museum is to let everyone, no matter where they are, hear the stories of these people. For everyone to remember what we have been through. For everyone in their place and in the role to think what they can do to stop this. To think how they can help those people supported by the Foundation all these years.

Musa Magomedov

Member of Parliament of Ukraine 

This museum is absolutely exceptional in the Ukrainian context. The country earlier saw some isolated polls and in-depth interviews conducted by researchers, but their findings did not often become public.

This is a lifetime opportunity to speak about the war not from a rostrum with high-flown rhetoric at congresses of political parties, but to speak about the war with the locals who endured it in 2014-2015 and are living in it right now.

These witness accounts are not made “40 years later”, but “here and now”. This is the history of our time, being written right now.

Yevhen Monastyrsky

Historian, an IDP from Luhansk, consultant of the Museum of Civilian Voices

About the Foundation

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is Ukraine's biggest private charity. Today, the Foundation implements three large-scale programmes: Rinat Akhmetov - Saving Lives, Rinat Akhmetov – Here to Help, and Rinat Akhmetov for Children.

Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives This programme includes the Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine project.The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is implementing one of the biggest assistance projects in the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine. The initiative pooled the resources of the Foundation and all Rinat Akhmetov's businesses operating under the umbrella of SCM Group.Sourcing more than 200 cutting-edge ventilators to public hospitals was a linchpin of the project helping the country fight the pandemic.

On the initiative of Rinat Akhmetov, the Foundation had earlier implemented a project, 200 Ambulances for Ukraine, as part of its Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives programme. Over a record time of just six months, the organisation provided 200 off-road ambulances with the cutting-edge equipment to public hospitals across Ukraine. Of these, 22 vehicles were equipped with neonatal incubators and ventilators.This is the biggest donation of one philanthropist to the Ukrainian healthcare system over the entire period of independence. 

The Rinat Akhmetov for Children programme brings under its umbrella a dozens of projects ranging from the rehabilitation of injured children to the fight against orphanhood and its implications. These include medical assistance, surgery, special medical equipment, innovative implants, physical/psychological rehabilitation, medical examination, and adoption assistance. The project has helped almost 10,000 children find families!

THE RINAT AKHMETOV FOUNDATION

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