The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine which began in May 2014 meant a dramatic deterioration of living conditions for millions of the local inhabitants. 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, so they are dependent on aid from outside. People in Need has been providing aid in eastern Ukraine since August 2014.
Currently, aid distribution is organized by about 150 local and 10 foreign colleagues who organize the massive humanitarian operation from offices in Kiev, Slavyansk and Stakhanov. The People in Need team assists in the territory under the control of the Ukrainian government and also in the Luhansk district in areas not under government control. For two years, PIN delivered aid also to hundreds of thousands of people living in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, although on 25 November 2016, we had to terminate operations because the local authorities refused to extend our accreditation.
We provide immediate humanitarian aid such as food, shelter, water and crisis-related psychosocial aid to those who need it most. We help repair damaged buildings and provide material, clothes and equipment for the winter. In areas where no fighting is taking place, we focus on supporting sources of livelihood, for instance we provide financial grants for launching small businesses. Between 2014 and the end of 2017, we provided aid to a value of more than 1.016 billion Czech crowns for almost 2 million people under imminent threat of war.
- Food distribution – We distribute food packages to areas along the battlefront where there are no functioning shops. In areas where the shops are open, we distribute food vouchers for those with limited finances. We also subsidize food provision by local institutional kitchens for the poorest and for social institutions.
- Housing provision – We attempt to provide each home at least one warm room. We repair houses with only minor damage by replacing roofs and glazing broken windows. We provide grants to cover rent or for repairing homes and distribute materials necessary for the winter – wood, coal, stoves, electricity converters etc.
- Drinking water and hygiene supplies – Several towns and villages have remained cut off from the water supply. From the initial deliveries of drinking water directly to the spot, we are gradually moving on to repairing the pipe network and securing access to water for the worst affected villages along the front line. We also distribute packages to satisfy basic hygiene needs.
- Renewal of sources of livelihood – We support internal refugees with minor grants to renew their livelihoods so that they are able to restart their business in places where they have moved to, to make them independent of humanitarian aid.
- Education and Skills - Because of the war, a large group of young people is leaving because of the lack of opportunities for education and the lack of job opportunities. That's why we started working with local universities and we support them in setting up Career Counseling Centers
In the future, we will continue to focus on distributing humanitarian aid to the most in need, providing a dignified livelihood for Internal displaced people (IDPs) and also focusing on the transition to development cooperation with communities in places that have been affected by war conflict.
Our main donors are ECHO, OFDA, DFID, WFP and UNHCR. Our activities are also co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. People in Need also organized the SOS Ukraine public collection which amassed 14.9 million crowns. A further 1.5 million crowns was donated for immediate aid by the People in Need Club of Friends humanitarian fund.
You can donate directly into the SOS Ukraine bank account 93209320/0300
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(IBAN CZ22 0300 0000 0000 9320 9320)