Help Eugenia publish her new book!

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Raised by 49 people in 6 months
Eugenia Senik’s novel about homeless people is looking for its own home or, more precisely, for a publishing house in Ukraine.  


The Match Stick House is a novel by Eugenia Senik, a young Ukrainian writer who grew up in the Donbass region, Eastern Ukraine. Over a period of several years, she collected stories in a Swiss community for homeless people called Emmaüs . She also worked as a volunteer of Emaus-Oselya  in Vynnyky, a village close to L’viv in Western Ukraine.



The novel unearths the life stories of people who lost their homes and have been living in homeless shelters ever since. By examining the stories of each single person and discovering all their vices as well as their unique virtues, the author was able to paint a holistic picture of each individual.  
The main theme of the novel revolves around two philosophical concepts: “Home” and “The Other”. It develops these two concepts by looking at the individual stories of homeless people from all over the world and the current situation in Ukraine, where internally displaced persons from the South-Eastern regions are struggling with the loss of their homes and their otherness.  


“Even though the novel touches on sensitive social issues, it is not a documentary. It is a literary text based on real events. The history of its creation is an interesting story in itself. When I travelled to this Swiss community for the first time in 2012 to collect material for the book, I tried to submerge myself in the “role” of a homeless person to be able to accurately describe the protagonists of the book. But during my last visit, as a consequence of an ill twist of my artist’s faith, I literally ended up homeless. My home was suddenly located in the occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine. I write about all this in The Match Stick House, about different ways of losing your home.”   

BUT don't just read! Watch the Trailer!

In this trailer you can get a sense of the place and different characters that Eugenia worked with.


While writing the novel, the idea for the illustrations that will supplement the atmosphere in the book was born. And now, as the project enters its final stage, the novel is practically finished but it still needs to find a home. The current situation in Ukraine and the difficult financial situation of the author herself are standing in the way of the final publication of the book, which will deprive potential readers of a valuable experience and a search for meaning that lasted many years.       


Many people believe that they don’t have the power to change the world or to help someone achieve his or her dream. But this is not true, every penny is important. If as many people as possible will see this project and donate a few francs, euros, dollars or hryvnia’s, they will make the final goal, the publication of the book, possible. We are certain that books like this one will help to fill an empty niche and will lead to understanding and reconciliation of different social classes. This book will make each of its readers a little bit kinder.

If we will receive more that we need to publish the book, all the money will be donated to charity.

Goal 1: 4000 CHF  Allows her to print 1000 copies of her book. This includes corrections, layout, the print itself and ISBN preparations.

Goal 2: 5000 CHF Allows her to include illustrations by Ukrainian artist Sergiy Kostyshyn

Goal 3:  Anything above the stated goal will go directly to Emaus-Oselya in Ukraine! You can also donate directly by following this link.

32341626_1535371213687917_r.jpegIllustration by Sergiy Kostyshyn


As a token of her appreciation you will be eligible to several rewards for your donations.

- Tier 1: Donate 5 CHF - Good Karma and much love your way!
- Tier 2: Donate 25 CHF - All of the above + 3 prints with illustrations by Sergiy Kostyshyn.
- Tier 3: Donate 50 CHF - All of the above + an additional 7 prints (total of 10) with illustrations by Sergiy Kostyshyn.
- Tier 4: Donate 100 CHF - All of the above + the book "The Match Stick House" (In Ukrainian)
- Tier 5: Donate 500 CHF - All of the above + your name in the book!


Eugenia currently resides in Kiev, Ukraine. Due to GoFundMe restricting Ukraine from withdrawing donation money, Eugenia cannot withdraw the money directly. To help, campaign manager Livio Spaini will receive all donations to his bank account in Switzerland. All donations will be delivered personally and securely to Eugenia whenever and however she requires the funds. 100% of the funds will go to Eugenia and the publishing of her book! For any further questions you can e-mail us directly.

Thank you all so much for your support!


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We did it!

Hello everyone! We have WONDERFUL NEWS and a little surprise for you.

1. We officially reached our FIRST GOAL!

We would like to thank everyone that made a donation and shared our GoFundMe! Thanks to all of you the campaign was a massive success and Eugenia is now able to publish her new book! It warms our hearts and we are so very, very thankful. It would be incredible if we could reach the second goal but that is just a bonus! So if you want to donate you are more than welcome to do so and you can trust us that we'll put your money to very good use!

2. Eugenia was on TV!

The local Swiss channel "Canal Alpha" made a special report about Eugenia and her new book. You can watch the report in French here:


We would like to thank you again for all your help and we wish you all the very best!
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Dear friends,

we are finally in the middle of our way! I am thankful so much for your support! Publishing of the book is possible with the help of you all. Thank you for that!

From Eugenia with Love
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Dear friends

We reached our first milestone! Thanks to all your generosity and support we already raised CHF2000. We are much closer to our goal now. This shows us that every donation helps no matter how small! Please continue to share this campaign with as many people as possible!


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