Social multi-media project aims to change public perception about people with disabilities
The Victors, a social multi-media project is now on display in the western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk. The exhibit features stunning images of soldiers and volunteers who lost limbs during the war but persevered despite all odds.
Nazar Barylko is one of 'The Victors'. The 28-year-old soldier was severely wounded in eastern Ukraine, near the town of Shchastya. Barylko's leg had to be amputated in order to save his life but the young man says he is grateful to be alive.
Nazar Barylko, Ukrainian soldier, 'The Victors' hero: "We also lose something in order to gain something in return. Even though I lost something physically, a part of my body, I gained a lot mentally and spiritually. A lot has changed since. I've met new friends, my wife - actually, we met while I was in the hospital. In every negative situation, you have to find something positive."
18 individual stories of courage. Stories of war and love and of course the incredible power of thehuman spirit. One of Ukraine's most popular magazines 'VIVA' published a special edition featuring these photos by famous photographer Oleksandr Morderer and first-hand accounts from the heroes themselves.
Solomiya Vitvitska, News presenter at Ukraine's 1+1 channel was instrumental in bringing the project to life. Aside from opening 'The Victors' in Ivano-Frankivsk and other cities across Ukraine, Vitvitska also took the exhibit to Toronto, Canada in March of this year.
The project's main goal is to gather funds for the advancement of prosthetic development in Ukraine. Solomiya Vitviska says it is crucial for Ukrainian specialists to get the right training.
Solomiya Vitvitska, 1+1 Channel news presenter: "After the second round of a joint mission to support prosthetic development here in Ukraine, Canadian and American specialists were able to teach the tricks of the trade to our very own prosthetists. We ended up granting five certificates to Ukrainian specialists for free training in Canada after which they will be able to return to Ukraine with new skills and abilities to provide the best prosthetic care possible in the country."
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'VIVA' magazine's special edition titled 'The Victors'/Help the Hero will be published in English in the coming weeks. All of the proceeds from the sale of the charity issue will go towards improving prostetic care in Ukraine.