Since 2014, we have responded to the conflict emergency by providing lifesaving interventions across Eastern Ukraine. We support the basic needs of the most vulnerable families, proving food, shelter, coal, multi-purpose cash grants, clothing and medicine.
We provide children and their caregivers affected by the conflict with Community Centres and mobile outreach teams where they can receive psychosocial support. We run programmes to develop positive coping strategies, life-skills and resilience. We also conduct Mine Risk Education in schools and nursery to raise awareness on the dangers of mines and explosive remnants of war.
We have established Case Management Units and delivered case management for child protection services in order to provide individual support to the most vulnerable and most at risk children.
We have supported children to access education in conflict-affected areas by distributing learning and teaching kits, providing psychosocial support for children in schools and building teachers’ capacity to provide psychosocial support and conflict sensitive education. We have also rehabilitated schools and classrooms that have been damaged during the conflict.
Since 2017, we piloted and scaled up the ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ approach in 11 schools to address conflict-related safety issues in schools. ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ aims to secure safe learning environments in conflict and post-conflict settings and build local and national level engagement to protect education. This work is complimented by child-led advocacy and advocacy at the national level for the endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration by the Government of Ukraine.