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Project Background

We’ve all been horrified by the reports of children being killed and injured in Ukraine.

Heavy fighting and explosions across the country have forced terrified children and their families into basements and bomb shelters. Children trapped in crossfire and exposed to explosive weapons face the danger of being killed. Cities under attack are without running water and food, leaving many children hungry. More than 5.8 million people have fled the violence. Two-thirds of children have fled their homes in Ukraine.

Every second, another child becomes a refugee.

Children fleeing the conflict struggle to access food and clean water. We are especially worried about children travelling alone, who are at high risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation. Children’s futures are in danger. Air strikes and explosions have damaged schools and hospitals, killing civilians and making it hard for children to access health care and safe education. It takes a global community to say enough is enough. Every war is a war against children.

Project Overview 

Save the Children has been able to respond immediately since the beginning of the Ukraine Crisis, providing children with life-saving essentials, protection and assistance. We continue to respond quickly to a situation that is constantly changing, both in Ukraine and in surrounding countries where families are seeking refuge. Our trained teams in Ukraine are working alongside local partners to provide essential items and support to families in dire need. We are tirelessly looking for ways to expand our response in the country, where it’s safe to do so.

We have also continuing to provide support to children and families fleeing Ukraine at border crossing points and reception centres including in Romania, Poland and Lithuania with items and support they need.

What’s Covered in Project Cost 

This funding will enable children to continue to support the children and families effected by the crisis which could include:

  •  Life-saving essentials such as food, clean water, critical basic hygiene supplies, winter and NFI kits and shelter
  • Providing cash grants and voucher-based assistance to address basic needs
  • Frontline emergency units that can be deployed quickly in hard to reach places that are set up to provide the quality medical care required in extreme conflict situations
  • Protection support for children
  • Mental health and psychosocial support
  • Assistance with reuniting families that have been separated and providing support to families to prevent separation 
  • Providing safe and caring child-friendly spaces that enable children to play and learn
  • Providing online education in local languages to ensure the continuation of education

We will continue to ensure children have the protection they need and run programs that help to minimise the long term impacts of this crisis through education, recovery support and building resilience.

Partners & Community Involvement 

Save the Children has been operating in Eastern Ukraine since 2014 and is scaling-up our life saving humanitarian support where it is safe to do so. Through direct funding from Save the Children, local partners in East, West and Central Ukraine are distributing essential assistance including cash, wheat, food, wood, fuel, and diapers for children, hygiene items, blankets, dignity and baby kits to support the needs of children and families.

How does the project fits into a larger strategy 

Here in Australia and around the world, we give a powerful voice to children and champion their rights. As a global organisation, Save the Children directly reaches 38.7 million of the world’s most vulnerable children in 117 countries. When disaster, disease or conflict strike, we’re often amongst the first to arrive and the last to leave. Our specially trained teams can act within 72-hours of a disaster to deliver immediate relief with life-saving supplies and have the capacity to stay on to help children and families recover in the longer term.

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