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EDU-cation: Building hope through education

One of the best things about visiting Estonia is seeing old colleagues from NGO Mondo. From 2007-2017, I worked as a founding member and director of the organization that has gradually established itself as one of the leading humanitarian and development NGOs—as well as the main promoter of global education—in Estonia.

Johanna Helin—Doctoral candidate in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE, University of Toronto

Since the war started in the Eastern parts of Ukraine in 2014, Mondo has provided humanitarian aid, psychosocial counselling, and digital support to internally displaced persons and schools affected by the conflict. The main coordinator of this aid is an old colleague and friend Veronika Svištš, with whom I was able to have lunch in between her travels to Ukraine.

From humanitarian aid to support to schools

Veronika was an obvious choice to lead Mondo’s efforts in Ukraine in 2014 with her own Ukrainian roots and language knowledge. She was quick to establish a relationship with a local partner, Vostok SOS, composed of young people who were themselves internal refugees from the Luhansk region in Eastern Ukraine. “Both in 2014 and ag...

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