#fightersKF I am inspired by life itself

19 June 2020 · 10 minutes reading

Oksana Dyadyura, project assistant at the foundation, on her hobbies, superpowers, and inspiration

What is the life of the people who create the foundation's projects? What are their interests, why do they love their work, and what principles guide them in life? In our #fightersKF project, we find answers to all these questions. Today we'll talk to project assistant Oksana Dyadyura. 


How do you like the new work format?

At first, it was unusual not to visit the office, where everything motivates you to work hard and where you can always consult with colleagues. But over time, I adapted and found the right approach to organizing my own time and space. Calls to ZOOM and social media help me keep in touch with my colleagues.


Tell us your story of getting acquainted with the foundation.

When I was in my first year of university, I was getting used to a new stage of life in a big city, and one day I realized that I was wasting time by not using all the opportunities. On the same day, I decided to look through all the Telegram channels I was subscribed to and came across a questionnaire for a communications volunteer for the School of Success project. I had previously heard about the foundation from my mother, so I applied and, unexpectedly, was selected. 

My work at the School of Success was intense. Every day I wrote texts for the foundation's social media, which you may have read. But at the same time, I was looking forward to meeting and communicating with 50 active and positive teenagers, mentors, and the foundation's team. The atmosphere at the project inspired me so much that I decided to apply for the Internship 10.0. Even then, I was able to imbue myself with the foundation's values, find a circle of like-minded people, and develop my skills. On the last holiday evening in the office, I realized that I wanted to stay and work here. That's how my story as an employee of the foundation began.


What projects are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on ProCharity, an educational project for representatives of charitable and public organizations. Participants will gain knowledge of nonprofit management, project management, communications, and fundraising.

Charitable and public organizations change communities and help people. We influence changes in these organizations and indirectly changes in their environment. And it is precisely because I can contribute to the development of our society that this project is valuable to me.


What do you like most about your job?

For me, it's the opportunity to communicate with people, to exchange thoughts and ideas with them. Conversation is an exchange of energy, and it's great if it's positive and beneficial to both. I am also attracted to the opportunity to develop and help others do so. It is everyone's responsibility to realize their potential. It's great that the foundation's projects help participants and the team that works on them.


What do you do besides work? 

I take part in student life. I like to feel like I'm in a big family of my faculty, where we work to achieve a common goal and just enjoy the whole process of preparing for a performance. After long rehearsals, presenting my own story to the audience is surprisingly pleasant and exciting.

1 thing you can't live without? 

I definitely can't live without music. It has always been present in my life, when I was studying at music school and when I play the piano at home now. I like to look for lesser-known songs and artists, they add a kind of charm to my playlist.


What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

Everything that happens and doesn't happen is for the best. Everything in our lives comes to us at the moment we need it. So you shouldn't worry about failures, but take them as a lesson so that you don't make the same mistakes in the future.


What superpower would you like to have? 

It may sound trite, but the first thing that came to mind was the superpower of teleportation. To explore new places, landscapes, fauna and flora, culture and traditions - as a separate art form. Just imagine: today you're at home, and tomorrow you're in colorful Japan, where everything is amazing, new and unfamiliar. Walking along the noisy streets of Tokyo, watching the cherry blossoms, tasting tea at a tea ceremony.


What inspires you in life?

I am inspired by life itself. Everything around me: people, nature, books, buildings. Even an ordinary passerby who smiles at me can inspire me to smile at people too. The more you notice the beauty around you, the more inspiration you get.


What do you like most about Kyiv?

Right now, my favorite place in Kyiv is the National Opera House. I don't go there as often as I would like, but there is something mysterious about it. Not many of my friends share my passion for opera and ballet, but I think they are missing out on a lot by never attending such a performance. It is a picture painted from the sound of an orchestra, a voice, colorful costumes, architecture, scenery and emotions. 

Kyiv is a fantastic city. As the saying goes, how can you not love you, Kyiv is mine. It has the opportunities for the development of a big city, a centuries-old history that you just have to want to read, and friendly people. I am from the village of Popilnia in the Zhytomyr region, and I love this place as much as our capital. Here I can be with my family and friends, feel the warmth of my home. Here you can see picturesque sunsets, which you sometimes just don't notice in a big city. You can also hear birds singing and eat delicious cherries. 

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