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Volunteers have launched a platform to empower children sell their paintings and raise money for their families

Volunteers have launched a platform to empower children sell their paintings and raise money for their families

A team of Ukrainian volunteers created an international website called LELEKA, where people can explore and buy artworks created by children from Ukraine. The payments are sent to the young artist’s family bank account.

The project team says they want to help kids — the most traumatized group amid war — as children are not actively involved in activism (spreading information, buying humanitarian aid, hosting refugees, etc.) that could provide a sense of belonging and control to them. Empowering children with drawing and selling their paintings can bring a sense of safety, belonging, and purpose back to children from Ukraine.

The platform name “Leleka” means “a stork” in English. This bird is symbolic in Ukraine and is believed to bring newborns to the families.

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