The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine which began in May 2014 meant a dramatic deterioration of living conditions for millions of the local inhabitants. Since 2014 People in Need has helped 3 million people on both sides of the front. Thousands of people have lost the roof over their heads or live in appalling conditions in houses ruined by artillery fire. In many places there is no running water, no electricity. In the areas affected by fighting, most people have lost the opportunity to work. Nevertheless, people have not given up and life goes on.
For those most in need and who have lost everything due to fighting, we provide the essentials, such as such as food, water, hygiene supplies, or coal for heating in winter. We help repair damaged buildings and plumbing. We have established children’s centers for children who come from affected areas. These centers are equipped with trampolines, building blocks, stuffed animals and have social workers who regularly attend to the children. At these centers children are able to leave the war behind for a while allowing them to better cope with tramautic experiences that they have experienced due to the war.
In areas where no fighting is taking place, we focus on supporting sources of livelihood so that people can regain a sense of normalcy. For instance we provide financial grants for launching small businesses or creating new jobs. Additionally, in cooperation with local universities we have supported the creation of Career Development Centers for younger people in order to increase their chances of finding work so that they do not need to leave the country in search of it.
Where we help out
Our team helps out in areas controlled by the Ukrainian government as well as in the non-government controlled area of Luhansk region. For two years we had also provided hundreds of thousands of people with aid in the non-government controlled area of Donetsk region. On 25 November 2016 we were forced to end our operations as our accreditation was not renewed by the de-facto authorities.
Going forward we will continue to focus our efforts on providing humanitarian aid to those most in need, helping internally displaced people and conflict-affected communities restore their livelihoods, and supporting recovery and development of affected regions