140 participants of the “Unbreakable Mom” project underwent psychological rehabilitation from the “Saving Lives” initiative of Metinvest and the “Masha Fund”

The first 140 women and their children who suffered as a result of the war went through the emotional stabilization program under the Unbreakable Mom project, organized by Metinvest Group's humanitarian initiative "Saving Life" together with the Masha Fund.

The first stage of the program, in which Metinvest employees, wives, and children of company employees who were under occupation, lost family members, left their homes, or have psychological trauma as a result of the experience, took part.

It is not the first time that Metinvest has taken care of the psychological health of its employees during the war. Prior to that, the Group assisted in rehabilitation and reintegration centers for forcibly displaced employees. After all, from the first day of the war, the employees of the Group found themselves on the front lines of the confrontation with the aggressor in Mariupol, Avdiivka, and other cities that suffered damage as a result of hostilities. The events experienced during the war caused anxiety disorders in many employees of Metinvest, whose work is associated with increased danger. That is why the “Save Lives” humanitarian initiative focused on a complex program of physical and psychological rehabilitation of civilians in the regions of Metinvest’s presence: veterans from among employees, members of their families, female employees, and their children.


Yuriy Ryzhenkov, General Director of Metinvest Group:

The humanitarian initiative “Saving Lives” is aimed at the physical and psychological recovery of people in order to build the future. The project helps Ukrainians to survive thanks to food products, necessities, and medicines. We introduced a comprehensive program for Metinvest employees, which began with assistance in rehabilitation and reintegration centers. Currently, “Saving Life” is engaged in the psychological rehabilitation of employees and their children, spouses and children of employees, as well as prosthetics of our employees who have joined the ranks of the Armed Forces. In addition, we are considering the possibility of opening another direction – psychological rehabilitation for demobilized employees. Cooperation with the “Masha Fund” is another step towards restoring the mental health of Ukrainian families. We will continue to do our best to help those who need it the most.


Rehabilitation process

Two shifts in the Carpathian Mountains lasted three weeks each. The participants worked together with specialists according to a separate schedule for mothers and children. They attended psychological classes, and art therapy workshops, and received individual consultations.

During the program, mothers were treated with the methods of EMDR, art therapy, mindfulness, psychodrama, body therapy, narrative, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. The children were engaged in neurogymnastics, and game therapy, and also practiced the “Serial Drawing” and “Safe Space” methods, and developed their stress resistance.


Olha Kopteva, psychologist-methodologist of the joint shift of the “Masha Fund” and the “Saving Lives” humanitarian initiative:

– There is no doubt that Ukraine will win the war physically. But if after winning we sink into PTSD and trauma, and start fighting with each other, we will lose because one of the symptoms of trauma is aggression. Moreover, when expressing aggression, people do not understand what and why is happening to them. The “Unbreakable Mom” program not only stabilizes a woman’s psycho-emotional state. We also teach women to understand what is happening to our psyche, why we react to certain events in this way, and how to return to ourselves. And at home, a woman already understands how to help a child or how to calm her husband. Our program doesn’t just restore women, it saves families. And therefore preserves our future.

The team of “Unbreakable Mom” specialists created a safe environment where everyone was able to deal with their feelings, overcome traumatic experiences and find the inner resource to live a full life. At the project, adults and children received road maps for solving urgent problems and learned successful models of behavioral strategies to take care of their psycho-emotional state independently after the program.


Project participant Victoria Kiva says:

– I would like to express my gratitude to the donors, organizers, and executors of the “Unbreakable Mom” project. To all the wizards and doctors of our wounded souls without exception – my low bow for psychological rehabilitation, a great place to stay, a fulfilled program, and a positive attitude. It is with your help that we, the mothers of young citizens of Ukraine, find within ourselves the resources to educate the future generation. It is with your help that we feel strong and free – and we are those who see their future life paths.

The public organization «Masha Fund”, the co-founders of which are the well-known TV presenter Masha Yefrosinina and the director of the GoGlobal public organization Oksana Nechyporenko, was created to help women and their children affected by any form of violence. In 2022, more than 1,000 women and children passed through the rehabilitation camp of the “Masha Foundation” project “Unbreakable Mama”. The plans for 2023 are to double the number of program participants.


Oksana Nechyporenko, Co-founder of the “Masha Fund”:

– Revival of women is the mission of the “Masha Fund”, and we are glad for every opportunity for its implementation. Big businesses must understand and join such an initiative. That is why cooperation in the project with the Humanitarian Initiative of the Metinvest Group “Saving Lives” is a win-win for us.

The humanitarian initiative “Saving Lives” plans to continue the program next year as well, taking into account the positive changes in the lives of project participants after working with psychologists and the great need for psychological recovery among Metinvest employees.


How else does “Saving Lives” help?

The “Saving Lives” humanitarian initiative was created by the Metinvest Group in coordination with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The initiative envisages large-scale continuous assistance to Ukrainians with food and necessities. For this purpose, two hubs have been organized in Poland, where bulk cargoes are collected, sorted, and prepared for shipment. In coordination with the government of Ukraine, they are delivered to cities and regions where this support is needed. More than 303,000 Ukrainians have already received food and hygiene products.

The medical industry also receives strong support from “Saving Lives”. Since the beginning of the war, 240,000 euros worth of medical drugs, consumables, and equipment have been delivered to Ukrainian hospitals.

One of the new areas of work of “Saving Lives” was the rehabilitation of employees injured in the war: war veterans, their families, female employees, and their children. In particular, the initiative launched a prosthetics program for Ukrainians. In the first stage, the program will cover 16 employees of Metinvest and their family members located in Ukraine and abroad. Later, it is planned to involve war veterans and civilians in the regions where Metinvest operates.

“Saving Lives” also supports the creation of a Ukrainian-language online educational platform for specialists in limb prosthetics and related rehabilitation to improve the quality of medical services and more effectively return victims to everyday life and work.

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