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Children’s Charity Summer Camp in Knutby, Sotter Turns 30
17 July 2018 10:15

These days 30 years ago a charity summer camp for Ukrainian children was established in Swedish Knutby, Sotter.

Launched by the personal initiative of Natasha and Leif Andersson, following the tragic events in Chornobyl, summer camp annually welcomes 3-4 groups of children from Ukraine.

Children of 6 to 11 years old from regions mostly affected by the Chornobyl catastrophe, spend almost two weeks in Sweden. During this time they visit Stockholm, islands in the Stockholm Archipelago, play educational games, etc.

After the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, its military aggression against Ukraine in the Donbas, camp annually receives children suffering from external aggression, whose families became IDPs and left their homes in the Donbas and the Crimea, and children, whose parents protect Ukraine’s territorial integrity at the frontline.

For 30 years, The Anderssons charitable initiative in cooperation with Ukrainian volunteering and civil society organizations brings peaceful, health and interesting summer to Ukrainian children.

Financially supported by Lions International Club, number of charitable organizations and private sponsors, Knutby, Sotter summer camp carries on its work these days as well.

Representatives of the Swedish charitable organizations and civil society, staff of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Sweden took part in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Knutby, Sotter camp. In his address, Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden Ihor Sagach, inter alia, expressed sincere gratitude to the Swedish civil society and in particular Natasha and Leif Andersson for understanding, humanity, efforts and inspirational work, aimed to support Ukrainian children that enlightens hearts of children and adults for new great deeds.

 

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