Ukraine made its 1 million contribution to the global 1 billion service hours Scout goal
The Ukrainian Scouts celebrated the International Day of Peace with the achievement of 1 million service hours on scout.org.
Last year was a very difficult year for Ukraine and for Ukrainian Scouting. However, Scouts of the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine (NOSU – national member of WOSM for Ukraine) implemented two Messengers of Peace (MoP) projects and are currently preparing the new ones.
Surely, it was hard to reach this amount with a little more than 1 thousand of active members and 3,500 of volunteers but the NOSU leadership and Scout leaders put in their outmost effort.
"We need Peace. So as Scouts, we promote it everywhere," noted the Head of the NOSU National Board, MoP Ambassador, Andriy Chesnokov. "We are trying to involve more Scouts to our online Jamboree on the web at http://www.scout.org by including in all our competitions and workshops that having the account with the projects of the Scouts as one of the requirement. NOSU Scouts are doing a lot by helping their country, local communities and people in need now, but they are still too shy to make everybody know about that," Chesnokov added.
Now NOSU, together with the Brazilian Scouts from UEB, are implementing the project to help internally displaced children in Ukraine. There are more than 1.5 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine and there more than 1/3 of them are children.
There is also a plan to launch the National Youth Programme throughout Ukraine to involve more young people in Scouting.