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Humanitarian aid and social assistance for the internally displaced families and community members living in the Zaporizhia Region

The project aims at providing basic assistance, covering financial and material aid as well as social security to families that suffered during the conflict in Ukraine, with special regard to displaced persons in Zaporizhia region.

In the scope of the project Polish Humanitarian Action will provide regular aid to 1000 most vulnerable persons, which are members of incomplete or large families. At least 30% of these people are members of the local community from peripheral towns in Zaporizhia region.

In Zaporizhia Polish Humanitarian Action intends to open up an information center for displaced persons and members of local community which will collect from public institutions and non-governmental organizations data on current social and legal assistance available to these people. The center will also provide information on all available means of support in the region.

A kindergarten and a therapeutic day-room for displaced kids and schoolchildren will be created. Vocational trainings and coaching along with psychological, social and legal consulting will also be offered. Moreover, the project includes grants for persons in most acute need of direct assistance in form of humanitarian aid.

It is anticipated that 20 children aged between 3 and 6 will attend the kindergarten on regular basis. The therapeutic day-room is expected to organize classes for about 250 children and youths. Vocational coaching will be offered to some 150 people and 30 people will undergo vocational training. It is also estimated that 70 people will take part in psychological consultations and 300 will be assisted by social advisors. 625 grants will be given to the most vulnerable.

Humanitarian aid and social assistance for the internally displaced families and community members living in the Zaporizhia Region

The project, which was implemented between 9 September and 31 December 2016, ensured increased access to the information on legal assistance and social support then available to the internally displaced and the local population from existing social assistance centres.

The project involved setting up an information centre in Zaporizhia, which provided assistance in accessing information on the possibilities of obtaining various kinds of support from the institutions operating in the region. The centre offered systematic contact with occupational, legal and social counsellors and psychologists, who, among other things, informed the project beneficiaries – through individual and group consultations – on where they could access additional support in the region. The centre also offered consultations in the field of labour law and social rights. Outreach was further increased through the formation of four mobile teams, each consisting of a social worker, a lawyer, a psychologist and an occupational counsellor. The teams operated in Melitopol, Berdyansk, Primorsko and their outlying rural areas. The project also provided for the operation of a drop-off point for pre-schoolers, which was attended by 26 children. Meanwhile, their parents could search for job openings (temporary or permanent employment) or training opportunities to improve their vocational standing. A day room for school-aged children was also established. A total of 259 children took part in the activities it offered.

In the course of the project, 65 people were referred to vocational courses, having first received comprehensive occupational counselling. At the eight open meetings organised for the internally displaced and local residents, the attendees learned techniques for writing a CV, conducting an active job search, career planning and time management. Some 625 socially excluded people (250 families) received grants to buy items they needed to survive the winter season.