UNDP helped more than 30,000 internally displaced persons and people living in conflict zone in eastern Ukraine
The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine has launched the distribution of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as to people staying in the area of conflict, including territories that are not under Government control. The priority recipients are the elderly, orphans, pregnant women, families with children, and people with disabilities.
Overall, more than 25,000 food packages have been distributed in towns hosting large number of IDPs, including in the city of Kharkiv, towns of Severodoneck, Svatovo, Starobelsk and Belovodsk in Luhansk oblast, towns of Nikopol, Krivoy Rog, Marganets and Tomakovka in Dnipropetrovsk oblast, towns of Pyriatyn, Lokhvytsia, Myrgorod, Reshetilovka, Poltava, Kremenchug, Komsomolsk in Poltava oblast, and towns of Slavyansk, Artemovsk, Krasnoarmeysk, Belickoye, Kramatorsk, Konstantinovka, Druzhkivka in Donetsk oblast.
In addition, 23 social institutions (including senior homes, hospitals, psycho neurological boarding institutions and schools) located in Luhansk region on the territories that are not under Government control received humanitarian assistance, comprising of 4,734 food parcels and 5,000 hygienic kits, from the UN agencies, including UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA. Prior to this unprecedented distribution, only two facilities in the Slavyanoserbsk raion were able to receive assistance. The aid delivery was coordinated by International Relief and Development, Inc.
In January UNDP is planning to extend its aid and distribute 30,000 more food packages to IDPs across Ukraine in the cities of Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Dniprodzerzhynsk, Pavlohrad, Novomoskovsk, Zaporizhia, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Primorsk, Mariupol, Izum, Lozova and others.
The total budget for assistance is $1.6 million USD, donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine and the UNDP. The humanitarian aid includes food packages (60,000 pcs.), sets of warm clothing for adults (8,000 pcs.), sets of warm clothing for children (8,000 pcs.), and sets of bed linen and blankets (16,000 units).
“Supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and early recovery of critical social infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine is a priority for the United Nations Development Programme. We provided food and critical supplies to more than 30,000 people and our main task is to ensure that no one is left behind” emphasized Ms. Inita Pauloviča, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Ukraine.
"The goal of all projects supported by our church is to bring urgent relief to people, as well as to help health care institutions and foster homes, homes for the homeless, and others. Today, Ukraine more than ever needs assistance in these difficult times,” said Mr. Colin MacLeod, Country Director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine.