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4 June 2020 - News


Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine. Photo: Tetiana Tesliuchenko/Save the Children

Ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to disrupt the lives of the local populations. A recent escalation began on 29 January, damaging civilian infrastructure on both sides of the contact line. Avdiivka and surrounding villages were hardest hit, causing the displacement of 235 people – more than half of them children.

Save the Children is already active in the region and mobilized emergency resources within 24 hours to assist families in need.

Overview (29 January - 15 February)

Damage caused by an escalation in fighting in eastern Ukraine left more than 17,000 residents of Avdiivka, including 2,500 children, without access to heat, water, or electricity in freezing, sub-zero temperatures (-18C) for 10 days, creating hazardous living conditions.

Heavy fighting during this period impacted 24 schools and kindergartens in eastern Ukraine, affecting at least 4,000 school-age children. Particularly hit was the town of Avdiivka, where nine schools and kindergartens were closed, cutting off 1,800 children from education for days. Some children still do not attend schools and kindergartens that are now open - signaling fear of continued heavy fighting and unexploded ordnance in the streets or near schools.

A total of 235 individuals (103 adults, 132 children) were displaced from Avdiivka, and were given temporary accommodation in the cities of Sviatohirsk, Mariupol and Zaporizhia by local authorities. 


Save the Children’s Response


Save the Children in co-operation with local authorities and partner organization Child Smile run a Community Center in Avdiivka with mobile outreach activities in the nearby villages. The center serves as a ‘safe haven’ for families, providing activities and psychosocial support for children and parents.  

“I remember now what childhood is. Here I can play, draw, have fun and I won’t be punished for this,” Artem*, 7 years old, who attends activities at the Community Center

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 to 17 hrs.Telephone: +38 095 479 47 30


154 people displaced from Avdiivka were provided with a 15-day supply of healthy food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy items and dry goods.


Stationary supplies were distributed to 75 displaced children from Avdiivka who are being accommodated in Sviatohirsk. 


Multi-Purpose Cash Grants were provided to the most vulnerable families to help them to survive during the most difficult times and meet their urgent needs for food, shelter, clothes and medicine. Save the Children distributed 76 cash grants to 154 beneficiaries in Sviatohirsk, Sloviansk and Mariupol (Urzuf) to assist families who were evacuated from Avdiivka.


Save the Children provided 1,500 liters of drinking water to displaced people in Sviatohirsk, and provided 3 new washing machines to their temporary residence.

In addition, 4 1,000-liter water tanks, a generator and an underwater pump drain were provided in collaboration with ADRA to the following institutions in Avdiivka: The Central Hospital; the Center for People with Disabilities; School №1; and the Line Polyclinic.

A total of 214 hygiene kits were distributed to people who had been displaced from Avdiivka, The kits provide basic hygiene items, including individually wrapped soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, large bath towel, small face towel, shampoo, and a sponge/loofa. Given the number of families with small children, diapers were included in 118 of the kits.   


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