The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (“CDF Canada”) is pleased to partner with All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Gorenie” (CF Gorenie) to implement the recently launched SEW Ukraine project. The SEW Ukraine project is made possible with funding provided by the Government of Canada (through Global Affairs Canada. The project intends supporting economic prosperity for women and internally displaced persons. Over 2,200 vulnerable women will benefit from Canadian funding through new employment opportunities or develop their enterprises in the garment industry.
Gorenie is a charitable organization founded in 2005 in Dnipro, Ukraine with the purpose to protect the rights and freedoms, as well as to assist people in difficult life circumstances. Since 2008, the CF Gorenie focus was on providing free legal aid to the poor. Since 2014, the Foundation’s target group has been internally displaced persons and victims of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Foundation’s programs have expanded to administering a microgrant program to support the development of self-employment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and implementing business development mentoring and programs to protect vulnerable women living in the East of Ukraine and affected by domestic and gender-based violence. The organization has established strong cooperation with local authorities in the development of conflict-affected communities.
“Following our previous experience in supporting IDPs in establishing their business through 600 microgrants for entrepreneurs, we are committed to further contribute to vulnerable women economic empowerment and gender equality within the SEW Ukraine project in partnership with CDF Canada.” – Denys Grechko, President of the Foundation “Gorenie”.
The CF Gorenie is a member of the UNHCR clusters in Ukraine, which focuses on the protection and prevention of domestic and gender-based violence, as well as a designated partner of the UN Population Fund, which implements projects aimed at protecting women’s rights.
Within the SEW Ukraine project, CF Gorenie will be leading the delivery of vocational and technical training to 2,000 women and will connect them with employment opportunities in the garment sector. Gorenie will also support 200 micro, small and medium enterprises, including start-ups, in acquiring improved business skills and access to business resources.