Environmental protection initiatives are an important part of most Heifer projects in the the Ukraine. Responding to the needs of project participants, Heifer staff asked an agroecology expert to help villagers solve water pollution problems usually caused by waste, erosion and a low refill rate.

Participating in a countrywide initiative, "Let's Clean Up Ukraine," more than 30 Denezhnikove village, Luhansk Oblast, residents pledged to clean the streets and help make their village look better. More than 200,000 volunteers in 54 other villages across the country did the same, while waste incineration plants provided recycling services.
"It is not so hard to spend one day outdoors, walking down the streets and collecting garbage," said cooperative leader Vasyl Voronkin. "This is an excellent initiative, because there is no need for major financial investments, but the results are impressive. From now on, we are planning to organize such events more often, on a regular basis."
"Let's Clean Up Ukraine" is part of Let's Do It!, an international initiative of nonprofit organizations founded in Estonia in 2008. They're planning a World Cleanup on March 24, 2012. Check it out and get involved!
Cleaner communities are more attractive to tourists, who can bring valuable income to local families. Learn how you can help Ukrainian families build green tourism in the Turka Raion region.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.