Youth Line Portugal is a youth organisation whose initial goal was to highlight and enhance the competencies of young adults.
On 24 February 2022, following the invasion of Ukraine, the objectives of the organisation shifted drastically and, on the same day, the project From Ukraine to Portugal was born. It aimed to help the victims of the war build a new life and be included in the host country through community-building and sport activities.
They can destroy our physical homes, but our love and resilience will always make us feel at home wherever we go.
Organisational efforts focused on helping Ukrainians with documents, financial aid for petrol and food, and free flights and buses to Portugal. 6,000 refugees and newly arrived migrants received support for food, accommodation, employment, language courses, and to cope with psychological burdens.
Besides helping Ukrainians settle, the leaders of the organisation – Kateryna Shepeliuk and David Carvalhao – took the project a step further and started community-building activities, using sport as an amazing tool for integration and social dialogue.
New yoga classes, dancing workouts, swimming groups, hiking, callisthenics and other types of classes brought the Portuguese and Ukrainian communities together. To witness how strangers became friends was among the most beautiful moments of the project.
Youth Line Portugal continues to create community-building activities, and has added dancehall classes and swimming classes, where refugees, local inhabitants and Ukrainian kids can come together through sport.