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About the Fund


SaveUA is an international Charity Fund established by farmers in the first days of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Our goal is to create a national food security system capable of withstanding any shocks and to help affected Ukrainians. 

We focus on the following areas:

  • Agricultural sector: assistance in the restoration and development of agricultural enterprises affected by the war. Programs to restore the national agricultural sector.
  • Food: ensuring food security and stable supply of basic foodstuffs to Ukrainians who have been affected by military aggression.
  • Healthcare: providing vital medicines and equipment to medical institutions in Ukraine.
  • Education: development of modern curricula and creation of educational institutions that will take into account the development of the national agricultural sector. 


During the year of war, the foundation's team, with the support of partners: 

  • fed 1,950,000+ Ukrainians,
  • provided 8,000 tons of essential goods (food, hygiene products, etc.) 
  • provided 70 medical institutions with the necessary medicines and equipment,
  • provided 9,000 water purification filters. 

Provided Ukrainian farmers with 

  • sowing materials (vegetable seeds) - 2,106.78 kg,
  • generators - 26 pcs;
  • Starlink terminals - 28 pcs;
  • fuel storage tanks - 5 pcs;
  • heating briquettes - 22 tons,
  • agricultural hoses - 4 thousand tons.


A hotline was set up where operators provided the necessary information for IDPs on how and where to get humanitarian aid, which hospital to go to, where to seek shelter, etc.


Parent organizations of the Foundation:

  • The Ukrainian Agri Council is the largest agricultural association in Ukraine, with 1,100 members and a land area of 3,500,000 hectares; the main partner of the Fund;
  • Association of Milk Producers - unites 90% of dairy farms;
  • –źssociation of Ukrainian Pig Breeders - 60% of the industrial pork market.

Founder

Andriy Dykun
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Foundation Board

Diana Dykun
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Lyubomyr Dykun
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Kornelis Huizinga
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Emmeke Vierhout
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Team

Vitaliy Nakonechny
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Sergii Maslov
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Rostyslav Zavoloka
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Oksana Molchanova
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Daria Shulha
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Vika Skrypnyk
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Victoria Tretyakova
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Oleksandra Panamarenko
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Olena Gumenyuk
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close Andriy Dykun

Andriy was born in Ukraine, in the village of Burshtyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region. But since his youth he lives in Uman and develops his region together with his wife Diana and two daughters.

After graduating from the local agrarian university, Andriy studied in Sweden, where he received an MBA degree. He had internships in the leading countries of food production: USA, Canada, China, Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Brazil, Argentina.

After studying abroad, in 2002 he returned to Ukraine and began to attract investments to the country. He founded the Association of Milk Producers (AMP), which includes 90% of dairy farms, according to the rating "TOP-10 most productive farms in Ukraine". Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders (AUPB) - 60% of the industrial pork market. He founded the Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC), which unites more than 1,100 agricultural enterprises with a total land fund of 3,500,000 hectares.

This experience allowed Andriy to establish the work of the charity fund SAVEUA from the first days of the full-scale war, to support Ukrainian farmers in the most difficult times, to provide food for millions of people affected by the war, to support hospitals with medicine and equipment.

"We must ensure food security of Ukraine and the World", - Andriy Dykun

close Diana Dykun

In 2017, Diana and Andrii established the first and the only one agricultural lyceum in Ukraine. She considers it to be the second main project in her life, after her family – husband Andrii and two daughters.

Since 2008, she has been organizing the largest food and agricultural events in the CIS countries and Eastern Europe. Thus, in 2008 the first International Dairy Congress was initiated and conducted, then the Congress "Profitable Pig Farming", Agri Invest Forum, Kazakhstan Dairy Congress, the largest field demonstration of agricultural machinery in Ukraine "Clash of the Agrotitans”. Annually, these events gather more than 6,000 agricultural market participants from 20 countries of the world.

close Lyubomyr Dykun

He graduated from Uman State Agrarian University on specialty Manager for Foreign and Economic Activity. He has experience in management of more than 300 people, building up of companies "from scratch” creation of new products and its rapid introduction to the market, successful management of a group of companies with subsequent introduction of these companies to the international market. He holds the position of Vice-President of the Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine, adviser to the Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine, adviser to the deputy of Cherkasy Regional Council, and he is also a co-founder of the Public Union "Youth Organization “Future Farmers of Ukraine".

Lyubomyr's activities have always been accompanied by solving social problems on the ground, because business cannot exist outside of society. When russia launched a massive attack in February 2022, the ability to take care for the community helped to organize quickly the work of SAVE UA. Lyubomyr helped to launch the production of food sets in the town of Uman, organized the repair of dormitories for displaced people in nearby villages, launched a rehabilitation centre for them and provided schools with solid fuel boilers. Today, Lyubomyr is working on the implementation of the state recovery program: "Ukrainian Agrarian Marshall Plan" May-April 2022-2033.

close Kornelis Huizinga

He was born in the Netherlands and graduated from Wageningen University with a degree in engineering and economics. He worked in Poland on farms growing potatoes and sugar beets. Subsequently, he took part in international projects and programs of Ukrainian experience and market study. In 2002, he became the Head of agricultural enterprise in Mankivka district, Cherkasy region, where he still works and lives with his family.

He went to the EU to inform European politicians about the war in Ukraine at the beginning of March 2022. He spoke in the European Parliament about the problems of Ukrainian agricultural sector because of russian invasion. He was looking for sponsors in Europe to deliver humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

close Emmeke Vierhout

She graduated from Wageningen University with a degree in agricultural production in tropical climates. The war postponed the obtaining of another specialty - philosophy. She helps her husband, Kornelis Huizinga, on the farm with her skills and knowledge. She has always been an active member of the Dutch Humanitarian Foundation "deleeuwkyiv.nl". With the first strikes of russian missiles on Ukraine in February, she started organizing humanitarian aid from the EU countries to Ukraine. The first truck with food and essential goods arrived in a few days.

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close Sergii Maslov

Before the war, Serhiy worked as a distributor in the film industry for over 9 years. In this he was helped by his organizational skills and specialty - English translator, which he received at the Kyiv National Linguistic University. With the first rocket attacks in February, he took his family abroad, and returned and looked for an opportunity to be useful to the country. He learned that the SAVE UA humanitarian headquarters in Uman was starting its work and decided to join. The experience of his previous work helped him to launch the logistics system of the warehouse from scratch. He already wants to return his family to Ukraine and dreams of staying in Uman after the victory.

close Rostyslav Zavoloka

An entrepreneur from Uman with 18 years of experience, has his own grocery store. Since the beginning of the war, he decided to help the SAVE UA headquarters with his skills and knowledge. In the early days, he organized the supply of the headquarters from concerned citizens from the EU and the UK

close Oksana Molchanova

She graduated from the Pedagogical University in 2012 and started working in the foundation's team at the same time. She organized the largest agricultural conferences in Eastern Europe.

From the first days of the war, she started working for the foundation - she organized humanitarian aid for the residents of the occupied territories, participated in the work of the food headquarters.

Now Oksana communicates with international donors, works on raising funds to help her fellow citizens.

close Daria Shulha

Daria graduated from Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. All organizational talent was discovered in the organization of agricultural events. Organization of conferences, forums and exhibitions for several thousand participants is not a problem for her. With the beginning of the war, she organized the process of receiving humanitarian aid at the headquarters warehouse in a matter of hours.

close Vika Skrypnyk

Professional manager of agricultural events. Before the war, she organized agricultural exhibitions of hundreds of types of agricultural machinery for 5 thousand visitors right in the open field. Today Vika organizes the procurement of goods for 10 thousand food packages, which are sent once a day to the victims of the war.

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close Oleksandra Panamarenko

Graduated from Uman Agrarian University, then worked in a laboratory for milk quality and safety. Then she decided to pass on her knowledge to farmers. For two years, several hundred specialists of dairy farms have taken her practical and theoretical courses. When the SAVE UA humanitarian headquarters in Uman was opened, Oleksandra was one of the first to contact international companies that produce equipment for dairy farms and involved them in helping Ukrainian farms affected by the fighting.

close Olena Gumenyuk

Olena graduated from Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University with a degree in English and literature.

She has 7 years of experience in organizing conferences and Field Days. In peacetime she worked with commercial companies and international organizations. With the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Olena joined the SAVE UA team. Now she applies the acquired knowledge and skills to attract assistance from international organizations.