1) Assistance to war-affected population in Eastern Ukraine (July-October 2014).
In the course of July-October 2014 with the financial support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Catholic Relief Service (USA) in the amount of 80.000 USD Caritas Ukraine received possibility to assist the needful in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Caritas employees secured over 15 000 needful people in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk with over 110 tons of potable water. Furthermore, educational and medical establishments in Slovyansk were secured with disinfectants. At the beginning of October Caritas Ukraine workers organized delivery of more than 19 tones of potable water to Vuhledar city for 800 people in need. Moreover, residential care home in Donetsk that takes care of nearly 70 lonely seniors received assistance: hygiene kits, medicines and equipment (provided help amounted to 9,600 USD). In Svyatohirsk the most needful IDPs received diapers (500 packages for children and 100 for adults); warm underwear (1000 items for children and adults), hygiene kits (200 families), 800 blankets, 360 school units for IDP children; 400-gram packages of a detergent powder were distributed among 814 people in Svyatohirsk and 298 packages of detergent powder (9 kilos each) were delivered for the laundries in the collective centers for IDPs.
2) Installation of windows in Slovyansk (September 2014 – March 2015).
Within the project 1204 windows (glass and glass units) were installed in 367 houses/apartments in Slovyansk and its outskirts. Such activity was possible thanks to the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its budget made 240.081 USD.
Moreover, Caritas Austria provided additional financial support in the amount of 30.000 EUR for restoration and repair works in educational establishments of Slovyansk. New windows were installed in a kindergarten-orphanage #6 “Rushnychok” and repair works were arranged in a sport school for children and youth.
3) Assistance to victims of humanitarian crisis who live in Kharkiv and oblast (September 2014 – February 2015).
Over 1200 IDPs benefited from the assistance in form of food packages, heaters, bedding and towels, warm blankets, kitchenware, hygienic kits, educating toys and books for kids. More than 15 tons of water were delivered to IDPs who are accommodated in mobile houses, built by German government in Kharkiv. Caritas team in Kharkiv provided social, psychological and informational support to the displaced persons. Such activity became possible with the financial support of Caritas Poland, Vienna, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Catholic Relief Services (USA) and Canadian Assistance Foundation that amounted to 206.284 EUR.
Thanks to contribution of a corporate donor that made 50.000 UAH, 460 packages of diapers and wet wipes were distributed among IDP families who have newborn children in Kharkiv and oblast.
4) Providing assistance in housing and winterization to internally displaced persons from the regions of conflict in Ukraine (October-December 2014).
With the support of Caritas Poland in the amount of 60.000 EUR 450 IDPs from Crimea and Donbas who live in Western Ukraine received cash assistance for housing and winterization items.
5) Winter resilience for IDPs in eastern Ukraine (November 2014 – March 2015)
With the financial support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Catholic Relief Service (USA) that amounted to 1.378.494 USD Caritas Ukraine provided help to IDPs who temporary dwell in eastern oblasts of Ukraine (Donetska, Dnipropetrovska, Zaporizska and Kharkivska). Therefore, more than 9000 people benefited from cash assistance for housing, purchasing of warm clothes, household items and heaters.
6) Humanitarian convoys from Poland and Lithuania (December 2014 – January 2015).
Provision of assistance to over 5600 IDPs who live in Kharkiv and Kharkiv oblast became possible thanks to humanitarian convoy from Polish government (you can find more details here). At the beginning of January 2015 Caritas Ukraine received 70 tons of humanitarian help from Caritas Lithuania. Convoy was distributed among IDPs in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Shchastya and Rubizne), in Dnipropetrovsk and oblast, Artemivsk (Donetsk oblast), Kharkiv, Berdyansk and Melitopol (Zaporizska oblast).