What We Do

Save the Children is providing essential emergency aid to the most vulnerable children and their families in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine.

Our programs have reached over 433,657 people, including 274,621 children (138,861 girls and 135,760 boys). We are helping children surviving and recovering from the crisis by providing them with safe and protective environments, and access to quality education, food, warm clothes, shelter and healthcare.

Education 

Save the Children is improving  access to quality education for all children affected by the conflict.

Children and youth’s educational opportunities are supported by rehabilitating schools and classrooms, providing essential teaching and learning materials and psychosocial support in schools, building teachers’ capacity and skills, and providing mine risk education.

We are implementing locally the global project of Schools as Zones of Peace that aims to secure children’s safety at school in a context of conflict by working with children, school management and local communities, and by influencing local, national and global policies.

Since the beginning of response, Save the Children has reached 104,184 people with its Education activities, of which 101,064 are children (50,311 girls and 50,753 boys).

Child Protection 

Every child should grow up in a safe, supportive family environment. Humanitarian crises and conflicts have terrible repercussions for children. Many children in Ukraine have witnessed violence, been displaced from their homes and may be suffering from the loss of their loved ones.

Save the Children provides children and their parents affected by the conflict with safe and caring Community Centers where they can play, learn and talk about their experiences as well as get psychosocial support to address their problems and adapt to new environments. It also allows our staff to identify any children who are at risk and need further assistance.

Children participate in the HEART (Healing Through Education and Art) and the Journey of Hope signature programs to better deal with their emotions and develop positive coping strategies. We are delivering positive parenting training sessions to parents and caregivers so they can help their children adapt to a new environment, protect them from harm and promote their resilience.

Save the Children is also conducting case management, linked with the social services, to provide individual assistance for the children and families most in need of legal, social and psychological support.

We strengthen referral mechanisms to address protection concerns.

Since the beginning of response, Save the Children has reached 74,990 people with its Child Protection programs, of which 58,378 are children (31,176 girls and 27,202 boys).

 

Child Poverty 

Multi-purpose cash grants are being provided to the most vulnerable families to help them to meet urgent and essential needs for food, shelter, clothing and medicine.

We provide families with non-food items (coal, warm clothes etc.) to get through the harsh winters and have repaired more than 680 homes damaged by shelling.

We run cash for work projects, contributing to the repair of communal infrastructure and providing families with much-needed income.

We also provide business trainings and micro grants (cash and in-kind contributions) to restart businesses. We support youth affected by the conflict develop their skills to find adequate employment or start a business.  

Since the beginning of response, Save the Children has reached 174,337 people with its Child Poverty programs, of which 68,171 are children (32,621 girls and 35,550 boys).

 Multipurpose cash grant’s registration in Lyman (February2018). Photo Olha Sydorova/Save the Children.

Advocacy

Save the Children is engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure that all children in Ukraine have access to safe and quality education in line with the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), are protected from the negative effects of the conflict and have access to basic services and dignified conditions of living.

In August 2018 two submissions were drafted to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva, both on behalf of Save the Children and the Ukraine Education Cluster, with the SSD as a joint issue and with the following asks using which we: 

• Call on parties to armed conflict to immediately cease unlawful attacks and threats of attacks against schools, students, and teachers and to refrain from actions that impede children’s access to education, including military use of schools in contravention of applicable international law, in line with Security Council Resolutions 1998 (2011), 2143 (2014) and 2225 (2015);  

• Highlight how important preventing military use of schools is to protecting children in armed conflict and helping to prevent other grave violations, in particular attacks on schools, use and recruitment of children, rape and sexual violence, with an emphasis on the different risks and impacts for women and girls;   

• Announce endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, which has been supported by 81 countries since its launch at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools in May 2015.