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HEALING THE SOUL THROUGH ART: Oresta Osiichuk’s Inspirational Story of Transformation in Tbilisi


In the heart of Lutsk, Ukraine, Oresta Osii- chuk, a talented writer and the creative mind behind the captivating “AIHO” novel series, had achieved recognition in the literary world. She’d garnered accolades, including the pres- tigious first prize in the international compe- tition “Coronation of the Word” and the “Best Debut” award from the portal “BaraBuka.” Her star continued to rise when she secured the distinguished All-European Convention “Euro- con” award.

Oresta also wrote the mesmerising family saga, “Apricot Bookstore,” which took Ukraine by storm in 2021, quickly ascending to best- seller lists. In 2023, her book was translated into Polish, “Morelowa księgarnia,” with fur- ther translations, including English, to follow.

Unfortunately, life has its unexpected twists and turns. In 2022, Oresta found herself in Tbilisi, a world away from her Ukrainian roots. She arrived there with a heavy heart, grappling with devastation and confusion, strug- gling to find the motivation to continue. It was a challenging time and a crossroads in her life.

During these difficult days, Oresta discovered a way of healing and inspiration. She joined one of Revival’s art therapy sessions, generously funded by People in Need. Art therapy, she hoped, would rekindle her strength and spirit.

The art therapy sessions provided her with sol- ace and a profound transformation. What be- gan as an attempt to find herself and regain her motivation soon led to something beautiful. These sessions stretched to three hours, well beyond their planned one hour, and continued for three months.

During this period in Tbilisi, Oresta began craft- ing her next literary masterpiece. With the sup- port of her peers and the embrace of vibrant Ukrainian community self-help groups, includ- ing the therapeutic art sessions, Oresta’s life underwent a positive shift.

Even miles away from her homeland, the pow- er to create and inspire flowed from her once again. She started to write children’s stories, tapping into a well of creativity that had found new life. Art therapy, coupled with the support and camaraderie of fellow Ukrainians, had been her salvation.

Oresta  Osiichuk’s  journey  from  confusion  to creativity was not just a personal transformation but a testament to the incredible impact art therapy and community can have on an individual’s life.


Ekateryna  Chernoray’s  family  journey  is  a heartwarming tale of discovery, creativity, and community support. In 2023, backed by People in Need, she and her daughters partic- ipated in master classes, painting traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs – a unique celebration of tradition. As summer unfolded, they engaged in a master class on crafting “motanka” dolls, emphasizing psychosocial well-being, comfort, and community. These sessions built trust and connections among Ukrainian fami- lies through shared experiences.

“These classes weren’t about mastering skills; they were about weaving threads of comfort and connection. We shared stories, learned about our culture, and compatriots generously offered their experiences and support. Together, we transformed from strangers into a community, fostering trust through joint creativity, especially with our children. Participating in the EU and  People in Need-sup- ported activities was not just a pastime but a lifeline, providing my children with friends and offering me solace. The support in Geor- gia, where I am alone with my two young daughters, has been invaluable for finding new home and connection,” said Ekateryna. In Georgia, away from their Ukrainian home, Ekateryna’s  family  found  relief  and  healing from the wounds of war through shared artistry and the EU’s helping hand.


As part of the EU-funded project “Resilient Civil Society and Media Respond to the Ukraine War”, PIN delivered needs-based training and work- shops to 14 CSOs supporting Ukrainians to strengthen their capacity to continue working after the project’s completion. Organisations obtained knowledge in fundraising, researching community needs, and the importance of volunteering. Currently, organisations are working on their strategic plans and attending workshops on internal governance, which will support their institutional growth.

Since March 2023, around 1000 beneficiaries have received support from CSO service grants. The types of services vary: Georgian lessons for Ukrainians, psychological support, informal education, employability training, food for children, legal consultations for Ukrainian citizens, and more. Through the project, we supported 10 media organisations. With the grant money, they implemented their projects and maintained the sustainability of their organisations.