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PROTECTION UKRAINE

Ukraine humanitarian relief operation

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Regular updates on the progress of the project can be found here on the website of ZWST (in German only).

Together with the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST), IsraAID Germany e. V. provides urgently needed aid deliveries and psychosocial support for the population affected by the war in Ukraine.

 

IsraAID Germany has been active in Ukraine since January 15, 2022 with a project for psychosocial support and emergency aid for the population directly affected by the conflict. Since the escalation of the conflict on February 24, 2022, a large part of the Ukrainian population has been in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Due to the close and trusting relationships with Jewish communities in Germany and Europe, IsraAID Germany was able to establish fast and efficient access to the affected population in Ukraine. The ZWST and IsraAID Germany e. V. have combined their connections to different communities, displaced groups and NGOs inside and outside of Ukraine and have been offering their professional experience in psychosocial support and holistic emergency assistance to bring unique added value to the relief work being done in Ukraine. This close cooperation with local communities and partner organizations has already enabled local employees to be integrated into the IsraAID Germany project team at an early stage. This, in turn, enabled IsraAID Germany to remain capable of taking action despite the dramatic change in the conflict context.

While the project was initially aimed at dealing with the psychological stress caused by the prolonged conflict, which has been going on for 8 years, the focus has shifted to immediate humanitarian aid due to the escalation of the situation on February 24th, 2022. IsraAID Germany combines large-scale aid deliveries, not only of medicines and medical equipment, but also of food and everyday necessities as well as psychosocial first aid within and on the borders of Ukraine. Meanwhile, IsraAID Germany is also helping through rehabilitation and reconstruction operations. The reconstruction of key infrastructure is particularly important for those parts of the population who are already returning.  In this way, the psychosocial as well as the physical needs of the affected population are addressed in a holistic manner.

The project is thus divided into support measures within Ukraine and on the Romanian-Ukrainian border.

Video Ukraine

In the video, our project team presents our humanitarian aid activities. Here you can learn how IsraAID Germany, together with its partners, delivers aid supplies to Ukraine, such as life-saving medical equipment to children's hospitals that care for sick and injured children during times of war. In addition, our art therapist shows that despite the traumatic experiences people have during these times, there is also reason for hope.

Overall project goal

  • Improving the mental well-being and humanitarian care of the war-affected Ukrainian population

Goals

  • Improving the PSS capacities of NGOs/institutes and other service providers working with Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons

  • Improving the psychosocial first aid  of Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons

  • Strengthening the resilience of Ukrainian refugees at the Romanian-Ukrainian border

  • Improving the supply of relief goods for war-affected and displaced people in Ukraine.

  • Improving the housing situation for returnees by restoring important infrastructure

Aid measures in Ukraine

  • Emergency aid through the distribution of relief goods: food, non-food items (NFIs) and medicines

  • Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) 

  • Self-Care and Resilience for Service Providers

  • Reconstruction of important infrastructure

  • Education about trauma and mental illness

 

Aid measures at the Romanian-Ukrainian border

  • Psychosocial support and art therapy activities for newly arrived Ukrainian refugees

  • Capacity building of local voluntary structures

  • Resilience-building measures  through the establishment and management of a community center

“Adults and children alike are calling and reporting to our organization staff every minute, fearful and panicked by the deteriorating situation and the constant shelling. They ask for help and support" - says Yuliana, head of the NGO Avalist."

Yuliana, head of the local partner organization Avalyst, on February 23, 2022 from the Luhansk region
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