The Russian military offensive, started on February 24th, has left millions of Ukrainians in need of urgent assistance both inside and outside Ukraine.
Alliance2015 partners deliver essential humanitarian assistance directly both in conflict-affected locations and IDP-hosting areas, namely by delivering core-relief items into conflict-affected locations in Ukraine, providing emergency cash assistance to IDPs and their hosts and supporting collective centres in Western and Central Ukraine.
Activities are jointly implemented on the ground by the two Alliance2015 members currently present and operational in Ukraine (ACTED and People in Need (PIN)), and are supported through financial and in-kind assistance as well as with expert staff by the Alliance2015 members who are not currently operational in-country. The intervention is closely coordinated with other actors present on the ground, particularly local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) whose network and outreach can further support our consortium to reach those most in need.
People in Need raised 60 million euros in donations and has been using them to send aid to tens of thousands of Ukrainians. Seven trains filled with food, clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, hygiene kits, have been transported to Ukraine. PIN has also sent 13 trucks with food, milk, baby food, medicine and hygienic products.
“Water has become a life-saving commodity in Ukraine at the moment. People are hiding in basements, shelters, garages for hours and sometimes days and in the most affected places they face lack of water,”Jan Mrkvička, Director of People in Need’s Relief and Development Department.
The intense fighting has damaged the water pipes that supplied clean water to eastern Ukraine. PIN has been providing drinking water to those people whose access to it has been completely cut and is also sending water containers to those who do have access to water but have no means to store it properly.
ACTED is mobilized in western Ukraine, where the offensive hasn’t arrived, and thousands of internally displaced people need assistance. ACTED is providing hot meals and basic necessities to the displaced Ukrainians who are now hosted in churches, gyms, schools, hotels…
Outside of Ukraine, Helvetas, together with ACTED, assists the Ukrainians that arrive to Moldova by providing transportation from the Ukranian-Moldova border to the capital, Chisinau, where they are placed in hosting facilities.
In Romania, CESVI prioritizes assistance to mothers and children crossing the border, providing information services, playrooms for children, WIFI connection and psychosocial support for both children and adults. In Záhony, a small town in Hungary that is receiving 5 thousand refugees per day, CESVI has established an Entry Point Hub and heated tents to accommodate those who cross the border after a long trip.