Fifteen years ago, a group of men and women built a house on Ivana Franka street in the Ukrainian town of Vynnyky. The house was created in order to help the homeless, and people with a history of substance abuse. There is room to sleep, to eat, to bathe and to work. The community calls itself ‘Oselya’, meaning home. The residents of this place call themselves the ‘Oselyata’. They refurbish furniture and collect second hand clothes that are sold in the store around the corner. Right now, around twenty men, three women and two children - one born on the premises - live in the home of Oselya. They live together in harmony, share bedrooms, work, have breakfast, lunch and dinner together. Life is simple and the rules are clear: no alcohol, no drugs, no sex, be nice to your roommate and always try your best.
This project is made in collaboration with writer Lisa Weeda