About this project
What made me decide to do this project▼
I have never been to Ukraine and had no friends from Ukraine. However, since the beginning of the war this year, I became sensitive to the word "Ukraine". I've been thinking about what I can do, but I couldn’t find anything alone.
On an ordinary day, when I was having a casual daily conversation with my mom-friend Ariane from my son’s nursery. She was talking about her plan for the week, and said "I'm busy this week because my friends from Ukraine are staying at my place.”
When I heard that I suddenly got a chance to connect with Ukraine. Ariane's friend Katia from Kyiv has been living in Barcelona for a few years. When the war started she decided to bring all her family to Barcelona. Tanya (mother) and 13-year-old Ana (sister), grandparents, and two dogs. When I heard that story, I connected the dots: "I have to support them."
I decided already in my heart without telling them about this project. I thought about donating, I thought about sending things. But when you donate or send something through a big organization, you don’t see where it goes and how it's used. That was my biggest concern and I was hesitating for a long time.
But what about giving money to a person? This is how I came up with this project. Katia and Anna's dad went to war. I heard about a town where innocent children and older people have been killed. About older people who continue to live in towns where shops are closed because they don't want to move from the place, they are used to living in.
There was a story of a friend of Katia who volunteers to load food on trucks for them and still carries it regularly. Katia was talking to us in our eyes, I couldn't hear these stories without tears.
Ana is tall but still young and can speak only a little Spanish. She doesn’t understand why she has to study another language. She is a child who has a hard time understanding why this is happening. Normally she should think about going to school without any worries.
Why is this beautiful young child have to suffer and worry to live every day?
When I saw 3 of them in front of me I thought from the bottom of my heart, that if I want to do something, I must first help someone close to me. Ariane's mother, Carline gave me some handmade pottery beads. Ariane allowed me to meet Katia and her family, and she also helped me devise a plan for this project.
Photographer Matty sent me powerful messages that she would help me without thinking twice. I made 12 earrings with the beads given by Carline. We asked Tanya and Ana to model and Maty took beautiful pictures. Perhaps this situation will happen to us tomorrow. If I'm in their situation right now, I can't stand it.
What we can do now is to help each other. Support each other.
How we use the funds ▼
All the money donated here will be donated to them, excluding fees. I will sell the products that I made on my website and give them all the incomes that I can get excluding web fees and shipping fees.
- One-of-a-kind earrings 50 euros
- Ukrainian flag color earrings are 35 euros.
What is currently decided is to give this money to Katia's friends who are still in a dangerous situation and volunteer to carry food to the
countryside. However, depending on the situation, when this fund is in their hands, the content may change if another urgent source comes out.
Please be assured that we will explain how to use the funds to all those who cooperated via mail.
Coming up plan▼
I did an exhibition in Tokyo at the end of May 2022 and I explained this project to the people who have visited there. 5 pierced earrings were sold and 32150 yen (about 225euros) including donations were collected already. As for plans, we will deliver the products in order after the project is completed.
Please note that it may take some time for delivery as all are handmade. We plan to ship it so that it can be delivered to you by the end of November, but there may be a delay in shipping due to the influence of covid19.
The collected funds will be handed over to Katia directly around November as soon as it arrives at me.
Special thanks : Maty: https://www.matychevriere.com/