In Spring 2007, CAAU forwarded $5,662 to Smoloskyp for the printing of 2,000 copies of Ukrayins’ke Doshkillya children’s book. CAAU asked Smoloskyp to waive the usual fee charged for the book, and distribute it for free to needy children. Funding for the printing was provided by the Estate of John Tymkiw and CAAU general funds.
The Ukrayins’ke Doshkillya children’s book is an illustrated primer for elementary school children that helps build Ukrainian language literacy as well as Ukrainian cultural literacy. The books funded by CAAU were printed with acknowledgement of CAAU’s underwriting, and were distributed to needy children in Ukraine during 2008. A limited number of books will be made available to the public at the CAAU Ball 2009 Silent Auction.
Somoloskyp was founded in 1952 by Osyp Zinkewych in Paris, France with a group of Ukrainian students. From 1952 to 1990 Smoloskyp was a journal, a publishing house, and information service and an organization in defend of human rights in Ukraine. After Ukraine became an independent nation in 1991, Smoloskyp has focused on working with young people, with activities in publishing, student educational activities and Ukraine’s first Archive, Museum and Documentation Center of Ukrainian Samvidav in Kyiv.