On October 28 in the framework of a monitoring visit Caritas Kharkiv was visited by Poland’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Conrad Pavlik, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine Henryk Litwin, Consul General of Poland in Kharkiv Stanisław Łukasik.
Implementation of Caritas Poland project “Humanitarian assistance in form of livelihoods and cash for housing support for victims of a conflict in eastern Ukraine” was discussed during the meeting with Caritas Kharkiv director Fr. Serhiy Koval and social workers that communicate with IDPs on a daily basis.
This project is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and seizes with its support the most needful families of IDPs in Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk. It is the fourth joint assistance program for the displaced persons in Ukraine supported by the government and Caritas of Poland. As of this day more than 4000 persons received help within a project.
Among the questions raised during the meeting were: the most urgent needs of IDPs and perspective of an increase of assistance requests, in particular – winterization issues (need in provision of heating appliances and warm clothes for children), situation with humanitarian help for those who are not able to leave their homes and continue to live on the firing line on NGCAs, and also general tendencies on overcoming humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. As it was noted during the meeting, nowadays it is very important to have a long-term plan of assistance for the displaced, because their further integration, employment and development in the society are necessary steps for the response to humanitarian crisis challenges.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that situation in Ukraine is still a priority question for Poland. “After a dissolution of the USSR, Poland was a recipient of the assistance for a long time. However, when we became a part of the EU, we turned into donors of such assistance,” said Conrad Pavlik and convinced that Poland will continue providing help to overcome humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Apart from meeting with Caritas Kharkiv representatives, Deputy Minister also visited IDPs who benefit from implementation of assistance programs.
We want to remind you that last year almost 150 tons of humanitarian support (for the amount of 3 mln. Polish złoty) were brought to Ukraine. By means of this assistance Caritas Ukraine secured help to over 3000 IDPs who live in Kharkiv and Kharkiv oblast.