Photos: The Wings ICF (c) 2018
Group of Ukrainian children visits UK
The Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland invited a group of Ukrainian children to London, UK’s capital.
The educational and cultural travel tour was organised by the International Charitable Foundation “Association of Volunteers “Kryla”" – a volunteer organisation which for over a decade has been helping children in need make their dreams reality.
The trip was made possible with organisational support from the British Ukrainian Society.
A party of 24 children headed for London -its first place of destination. The party included children from the Donetsk and Lughansk Oblast, internally displaced children, and children from the Dnipro City, Kharkiv, and Vinnitsya whose parents served in the Antiterrorist Operation in the East of Ukraine.
The young Ukrainian children visited London in July and spent nine action filled days there visiting tourist destinations and just having fun. The children sang the Ukrainian anthem on Trafalgar Square and had their picture taken with the Royal Horse Guards. They visited the Westminster Abby during the evening service, strolled the City in the evening, and sang with the street musicians by the Houses of Parliament.
The children enjoyed the spectacular view from the London Eye, watched the Tower Bridge lifting, and following a short stroll had lunch by the river Thames; they fed the ducks at St James’s Park, rode the double decker bus, found the iconic red phone booth, and crossed the Greenwich meridian.
During the trip the children visited the world renowned Oxford University, visited the same places were William Shakespeare, Lewis Carrol, and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien created their famous works. The young Ukrainians also visited Baker Street and Sherlock Holmes, its famous resident, also they visited other famous destinations associated with fictional characters.
The young travelers also enjoyed walks in the park, visited museums and other famous London tourist destinations.
During their last day in London the children were welcomed by the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK.
The Ukrainian diplomats eagerly discussed with the children such serious topics as the Brexit, the life of immigrants, and UKs attitude towards the conflict in the East of Ukraine. The children also received first-hand information on the British history and culture, and the current state of affairs between Ukraine and the UK.
In return the party thanked the Ukrainian diplomats for their support in organising the tour, as their assistance together with support provided by Ukrainian NGOs was absolutely vital in making the trip possible.