East SOS Severodonetsk

Mission and purpose



Svitlana Bannikova

Event Manager

Svitlana has joined the crew of East SOS in April 2016. Initially she worked as an operator of the hotline. She provided consultations on various questions and searched for the resources for support. From February 2017 Svitlana has started work as event manager in the educational sphere. She organized creative workshops for children. She took part in the preparation for the festivals “May 32” and “Festival of thoughts”. Svitlana has taught robotics technology LEGO Education and LEGO BOOST in the East SOS Hub in Sievierodonetsk. In 2018 Svitlana coordinated the mentoring program for entrepreneurs. She is the co-organizer of the children educational program “UN Model” in Luhansk Oblast for five years now. Today she continues to coordinate educational projects of the foundation and works with the network of the schools in Luhansk Oblast “Global education – we know the human rights”.

Iryna Vasylieva

Social and Psychological Program Manager

Irina joined East SOS as volunteer in social psychological project “Hold the balance”. In 2017 she started to work on the “hotline” and then became a manager of social work. Particularly she participated in humanitarian missions of delivering relief consignments to the front-line settlements of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast. Since 2019 Irina worked in humanitarian projects “Diakonie”, “Triangle”, “DRA” and “Libereco”. She provided social and humanitarian support for the people affected by fires in Luhansk Oblast in July and October 2020. At the moment Irina continues to provide support for the people in hard life conditions: people with cancer, children with disabilities and people of pre-retiree age who lost their job because of military conflict and COVID-19 pandemic.


Rusana Dyka


Rusana joined the team of the fund in February 2017. She started her work as practicing psychologist. Within the frame of the project «Dyakoni» she has founded the club of child psychology for preschool children and their parents “Uchtyshka” and also the psychological club for adults “Dovira”. Rusana worked on the hotline, providing psychological and social support. She has organized trainings, workshops and art-therapy classes for parents with children, for teachers and high school students, people of the older age in the villages and cities along the demarcation line in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast. Together with the team of psychologists Rusana has worked on the creating of the methodical materials for the UNICEF project “Znayu-Diyu-Zminiuyu” (I know – I act – I change).
Now Rusana provides individual consultations and psychological-social support for the persons suffered from the military conflict, NGO and local inhabitants. She also maintains psychological clubs for teenagers and adults, works in the crew of mobile groups, providing regular and emergency help.