Ukraine: 80,000 internally displaced get humanitarian aid

Feb 27, 2015

Displaced families in Ukraine line up for WFP food vouchers, which enable them to obtain food including milk, fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Kyiv – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has distributed vital humanitarian aid to over 80,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Food, clothes and warm bedding kits were given to internally displaced people and hundreds of field psychologists have been trained to help people cope with trauma. Schools, social centres, orphanages and shelters have been renovated to house the growing number of displaced.

Around one million people have been forced from their homes since the onset of conflict in mid-2014. The poor, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups have been hit hardest by the crisis.

Speaking at a UNDP-supported rehabilitation centre for people with disabilities in the war-torn Donetsk region, Neal Walker, the UN’s Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine said:

“We are here to help Ukraine address current challenges and provide necessary humanitarian and development assistance.”

“Supporting internally displaced persons and early recovery of social institutions are our top priorities. We stand ready to provide the Government and people of Ukraine with any assistance needed,” he said.

The Church of the Latter Day Saints funded the humanitarian assistance.

UNDP Ukraine has developed comprehensive support and early recovery programmes for the internally displaced that take into account the rapidly changing reality on the ground.

With around one million US dollars of support from the European Union, UNDP is working to house around 20,000 IDPs in 14 newly renovated shelters in the seven Eastern regions with the most displaced people.

Many are elderly, have disabilities or are families with children. They will receive medical care and vocational training to help them earn a living under new circumstances.

While humanitarian needs are still growing, UNDP is also taking a longer approach, by renovating health care facilities and social care institutions for people in need.

The support is part of a Joint European Union / UNDP Project titled “Community Based Approach to Local Development,” that works closely with local authorities. The project also supports social care centres for the most vulnerable.

The UNDP – European Union partnership for development in Ukraine spans over 20 years and has helped the country to boost its systems to prevent drug use and drug trafficking, supported border management, helped foster gender equality and tackle the effects of climate change, uphold consumer rights, and mobilise communities to improve basic services and living standards.

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