Ukraine-based company Florium and flower bulb and ornamental plant businesses from the Netherlands and Ukraine have teamed up in Flowers4School, a charity meant to acquaint children in Ukraine’s primary schools with flower bulbs by means of fun and hands-on activities.
One of the driving forces behind the initiative, Peter Tonenchuk, says that support for Flowers4School has been overwhelming with 36 Dutch bulb companies participating. Pupils and teachers from 10,062 primary schools across Ukraine, including schools from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lugansk, Mykolaiv regions and the deoccupied Kherson region, planted 5 million bulbs in front yards and street borders.
Tonenchuk says, “But the most important thing is the thousands of smiling and joyful children involved in the planting process. In the spring, when all these flowers bloom, we expect the next and most important effect of our initiative – emotional healing and aesthetic satisfaction for those who have suffered so much at such a young age.”
He goes on to say that 24 February marks one year that Russian troops invaded Ukraine. “Following the initial shock, regular activities stopped. Our company came to a standstill but soon enough we came back to work and volunteered in another reality. As the first shock passed, Ukrainian civilians who bravely defended their land during first months, continued to hold their own fronts in order to keep the economy of the country running. When our children started their new academic year we thought we should do something to support them in this challenging times. That’s how the idea of the Flowers4school project was born.”
Tonenchuk is delighted that the participating school send him feedback each day. “This is the best motivation to continue our project. In the autumn of 2023 there will be a new edition. Together we hope to plant flowers in every Ukrainian school and to see a blooming and prospering country after the victory.”
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