During this almost 16-hour trip, I was thinking about our time in Germany, and I will write down some conclusions about this project “Meet up” which I want to share with you:
- There are great perspectives of partnership between German and Ukrainian organizations, as we have very close ties, mutual understanding, and trust;
- The more the person travels –the more open up, he or she is for other cultures and traditions, and this influences our work as non-governmental organization too;- Even in not very big cities such as Nordhausen, there are amazing organizations with a lot of staff members (starting from 300 till 1,200), and there is no competition between them, but support and creation of joint projects;
- The Ukrainian problem is that we are almost 25-30 years late in our social and community work, but we want to learn from German experience and to implement it in Ukraine.
I think that I can go on for an about an hour, telling how great this week was and how much I learned. But it is better to express it in work than in simple words.
Our coming back home was very symbolical. On the 11 of June 2017, Ukraine started official non- visa regime with the European Union. And night road was filled with cars heading in the direction of west, aiming to reach the new destinations open to everyone. Crossing the border and seeing the smiling faces of our citizens, left me wondering if it is the right way.
Terrible infrastructure, high corruption, lack of social standards and low level of life should be the main things to work on and opening the borders won't solve it. But maybe once, Ukrainians see how devoted people are for their work in other countries and how hard they are working for it, when they see that people don’t throw trash everywhere and are polite and calm drivers, they will start working on themselves and we can eliminate this gap of 25 years faster.
Thank you for reading about “MeetUp,” it is not over, and it is just the beginning :)Best wishes, Mariia.