SOS Children’s Villages Ukraine was one of the first public organizations that responded to a conflict in eastern Ukraine. In the autumn of 2014, we launched the Emergency Response Project, which was designed to help children from internally displaced families, as well as local population of the areas affected by the conflict in the Luhansk region.
Due to material difficulties, internally displaced families are not always able to provide food for children, unable to buy seasonal clothing, hygiene items and other basic things. A lot of families have serious psychological problems, including high levels of stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Within the framework of the project, we provide comprehensive support to families with children: psychotherapy services, basic things, trainings on mine safety, recreation services, medical support, educational activities for children and many other services designed to support the families.
Project results in Kyiv and Brovary during 2014-2017:
- 63% of the beneficiaries were employed and could build the financial capability of their families;
- 75% of project participants received highly qualified psychological help to reduce psycho-emotional stress;
- 63% of children improved their health through receiving medicines and vitamins;
- 90% of parents have acquired knowledge and skills in the upbringing of children;
- 172 families and 352 children achieved self-sufficiency;
- 95% of parents and children were integrated into a new social environment and adapted to new living conditions through participation in group work.
In total, during 2014-2017 in Kyiv and Brovary, assistance was provided to 706 families with 1276 children.
Project results in Severodonetsk during 2014-2017:
- 148 families in which 250 children are raised receive emergency support within the project framework;
- 65% of parents found their own resources for a full-fledged life in the future;
- 70% of parents improved their psycho-emotional state;
- 70% of parents formed / raised parental communication skills, expanded knowledge of children’s rights to ensure their safety and protection;
- 40% of children who received medicines and vitamins, improved their health.
Project results in Starobilsk during 2014-2017:
- 523 families with 919 children received emergency support within the project;
- 85% of parents found their own resources for a full-fledged life in the future;
- 95% of parents improved their psycho-emotional state;
- 85% of parents formed / raised parental communication skills, expanded knowledge of children’s rights to ensure their safety and protection;
- 65% of children who received medicines and vitamins, improved their health;
- 109 children were rehabilitated at the Children’s Recreation Center “Royal Rocks” (Sverdlovsk).
Also in 2017 the Center for providing support to families with children was opened.
The operational activities of SOS Children’s Villages Ukraine in Luhansk region is continuing.