Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Helping Others Help Themselves
Turbota pro litnich in Ukraine

Galina Poljakova

Deutsche Fassung


The notions of volunteer work and helping others help themselves are hardly widespread in the post-Soviet realm. The Ukrainian non-governmental organisation Turbota pro litnich has taken it upon itself to change this. It has built up a network of 2,000 older volunteers. They look after needy elderly people and conduct lobbying efforts. These activities give the volunteers themselves more faith in their skills and open up the prospect of making an impact on society.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 299–319)