Tamila BABAK, Ukraine
PROJECT: Together we can More

Skilled in project planning, marketing, and IT management, Tamila gathered working experience in the civil society and private sectors. In her capacity as a Project Coordinator at the custom software development company – ELEKS, she helps the partner companies to transform their businesses to access the digital markets. Also, Tamila is an European Solidarity Corps coordinator at NGO IUS and provides support to youth in gaining the international volunteering experience in Europe. In 2015-2016 she was a Project manager (volunteering) for the Peace Corps in Kyiv, Ukraine, and organized the Summer Camp H.E.A.L. (Human Trafficking, Education, HIV/ AIDS and Leadership). Tamila participated in European Volunteering Service by Erasmus + in NGO BG Active in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2016- 2017. The main goal was to encourage Bulgarians to develop a healthy lifestyle. Tamila advocated for an active lifestyle; previously, she was a member of the National team of Ukraine for European Mountain Running Championship  in 2010.

Tamila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management & Logistics from the National University of Lviv Polytechnic (Ukraine).

“The project “Together we can More” was a great opportunity to build networking between civil society organizations, young people, and PwDs in Ukraine to create an inclusive space for everyone without any labels. I was moved by the enthusiasm and solidarity of the project participants who contributed to shaping more inclusive communities.” – Tamila BABAK.

Together we can More

The action “Together we can More” aimed to tackle the stereotypical perception of People with Disabilities (PwDs) and engaged different stakeholders to promote equality and accessibility for all. To achieve the above objectives, Tamila organized an inclusive cycling marathon ”I see! I can! I will” engaging cyclists with tandem bikes in Zhovkva, Lviv. The sports event involved overall 45 people from Lviv and neighboring cities. To demonstrate the importance of inclusive sports, two-day capacity-building seminars were held in Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Kherson. The training emerged discussions and joint activities between the visually impaired and sighted attendants. The project engaged up to 100 young people and disseminated in other Ukrainian cities shortly, as the participant organized an inclusive marathon on tandem bikes in Poltava, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and Kherson by communicating with municipalities, local volunteers, and media.

The action raised awareness about the challenges faced by PwDs in Ukraine and introduced an inclusive sports marathon as a creative solution. The capacity-building seminars and the cycling marathon “I see! I can! I will!” on tandem bikes established contact between visually impaired and sighted people. Also, the project built a sustainable network and cooperation among the initiative group leaders and non-governmental organizations from six different cities of Ukraine. During the events, participants discussed the importance of having equal rights for every member of society. All in all, the project engaged large audiences and promoted the inclusion of PwDs into society. Apart from running awareness-raising campaigns, the project assisted Tamila to enhance her skills in inclusive sport project management through a one-week internship in NGO “TarnovoRuns” in Bulgaria.

Fellowship Programs 2018
Country Ukraine
Areas of Interest Capacity development
Community mobilisation
Topics Health & sports
Human rights
Project duration June 2018 - September 2018