Mr Shmatko profusely thanked all involved with the initiative: “Your help is invaluable to our community. From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of all the people you have helped, I say ‘thank you.’”
He continued: “Everyone is doing everything in their power for the fastest possible victory. As for education, we are doing everything possible so that even during the war, children have the opportunity to study.”
Companies Supporting Education
Michele Malejki, Global Head of Social Impact at HP, said: “Access to technology is a key enabler of better education and economic outcomes. That’s why we are working with the Global Business Coalition for Education to put devices in the hands of displaced students and families as part of a holistic approach to empowering them.”
Kate Behncken, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Philanthropies, said: “Since the war began in February, Microsoft has provided technology support to the government and people of Ukraine, and this latest effort is an extension of our support.
“Putting laptops in the hands of Ukrainian children helps them to continue their education, stay in contact with loved ones, and dream of a better tomorrow, even in the direst circumstances.”
Within Ukraine, large-scale distribution has begun in the Luhansk and Chernihiv regions, with the assistance of the Olena Zelenska Foundation, the charity of Ukraine’s First Lady, and the Ukraine House Foundation.
Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld and Executive Director of GBC-Education, said: “When conflicts break out, or disasters happen, children and youth are always among the most vulnerable, and their education always suffers.