"The EBRD was established in 1991 at the end of the Cold War to build open market economies and promote private enterprise in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Their work now focuses on the green economy and digitalisation, investing more than £160 billion in projects in 36 economises across three countries."
".........After receiving a rousing welcome from hundreds of cheering staff, the king toured the building and was introduced to a charitable project being run by staff called ‘Kids and Art for Ukraine’.
He was given a stunning landscape picture painted by Sofia Franchuk, a 16-year old living in the historic town of Tarashcha, around 120 kilometres of Kyiv, of the idyllic rural scene she sees from her window.
She has continued to attend art school and paint despite blackouts and lack of heating and based her picture on the ‘warm summer and peace’ that she hopes will come to Ukraine soon.
The king was genuinely touched by the gesture and asked to be given her address so he could personally write to her.
The project, which is supported by the ERD’s Community Initiative Programme, aims to help children affected by the war and offer psychological and therapeutic relief, raising more than £22,000 so far by selling the children’s paintings, with the bank matching donations."
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