Almost 15,5 internally displaced persons were registered in May alone. Thus, almost <> million Ukrainians currently have IDP status. Migrants of the new wave come from all border regions bordering Russia. The biggest problem is housing. In a village in the Poltava region, a school has been converted for those who fled the war and are generally ready to convert it into social housing so that Ukrainians who have nowhere to return can start life from scratch, according to TSN.
The cabinet of the Ukrainian language and literature, like everyone else at school, has turned into bedrooms for people seeking refuge from this war. Now 18 families live here. Some have moved recently, and some have lived here for more than a year.
A family from Sumy's Velyka Pysarivka settled only a week The Belgorod region is 6 kilometers away, and in May shelling became as dense as it was not even in the first days of the invasion, says Natalia. "On the 22nd it was very scary, my grandson was nearby and we could not do anything, they began to grab them all and run away - on the 24th it was not so scary," the woman recalls.
Matthew, who was 20 days old woke up from artillery. In one day - May 22 - half a hundred residents left Velyka Pysarivka. Natalia says that in their family, all the women and children left home - she is with her daughter and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. The men stayed at home. We went to the neighboring Poltava region, but did not know where to find housing. We stopped to rest in a café and were told by locals about the village of Artelarshchyna, where the school was converted into housing for IDPs.
IDPs began to come to the village a year ago. They were placed in a school that was not adapted for living at the time. "The whole village, who had what, people demolished everything - beds, clothes, food and vegetables, everything, everything, honey, oil... People were so sympathetic," locals say.
Peasants still carry everything they have to school. Nadezhda Grigorievna has three cows at home, Vera Grigorievna has geese and vegetables. "Some meat, geese cut, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, cucumbers are all there is," the women say.
Here people are fed - two school chefs work in the canteen. With the money of philanthropists, the school was converted and it became like housing. We put washing machines, boilers and showers. The most difficult thing was with heating - on the second floor of the school it was not at all. All pipes were replaced, batteries were installed, and the boiler room was renovated. Old wooden windows remain on the second floor, they need to be changed, but so far there are no resources for this. And in the common hall there is not enough TV.
The school is becoming more and more like a dormitory. Half a hundred Ukrainians whose villages or cities are under occupation or on the front line have already found refuge here. Half of the IDPs are people who in old age were left alone, on the street, and without any means of subsistence. "My son died, and my daughter-in-law went missing and I have an orphan girl," says a resident of the school.
"I have no relatives left, apartments are broken, we are now nobody, we are homeless," adds her neighbor.
In this village, they are ready to completely transform the school into a social house so that people who have nowhere to return can start life here from scratch. Before the war, 12 children studied at the school - now high school students go to a neighboring village, first-graders at a distance. Now the village is happy that thanks to this school and shelter, people were given and saved the school building, which stood empty, from destruction. "We always wanted there to be life in this institution," the locals say.
Here we are ready to accept a dozen more families and help them. Over the past 20 years, locals have only left this small village. Before the war, 400 peasants remained here, and suddenly in a year the hromada increased by half a hundred inhabitants - this is like a new impetus for the development of the village. IDPs, whose houses have been completely destroyed, say that it is the opportunity to have social housing that gives them hope to improve their ruined lives.
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