On the 24th of February 2022, Russia started a military assault on Ukraine. Street Child launched our emergency response on the 25th of February, our first emergency response in Europe.
As attacks on Ukraine have continued for over a year and half, millions of children and families have been forced to leave their homes. Over 6.2 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, and it is estimated that 5.1 million people have been internally displaced. Missiles and rockets have damaged infrastructure across the country, leaving areas with limited access to energy or heating. It is estimated that 17.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Since the beginning of war, we have been able to identify and work with 23 local partners. Our projects are focused on working to ensure Ukrainian children are still able to access to learning, both remote and in person through school refurbishments, training for teachers. For Street Child’s team in Ukraine, it is important to ensure that as many Ukrainian children has access to quality education and mental health services. Our programmes also emphasise providing psychosocial and protection support to children in in-school and out of school activities, providing emergency relief where and when it’s needed most and a focus on supporting local level organisations to make the biggest impact.
Nearly two years on from the beginning of Street Child’s response, and our presence already spans 17 out of 24 oblasts (regions) across Ukraine, as well as Moldova.
In oblasts across Ukraine, especially those close to the frontline, many schools have been destroyed and damaged by missile strikes and shelling. Schools which are further from military actions have been repurposed as shelters for displaced people. This has led to limited access to education in many areas. Together with our local partners, Street Child is working create spaces where children can access in-person learning, equipping them with furniture and resources.
Further still, Street Child, with the support of Women’s Consortium of Ukraine, was the first international organisation to enter the de-occupied territory of Kyiv oblast. Together we worked to repair the local school, replacing much of the equipment and furniture to remove any reminders of the Russian occupation.
Street Child has been working to provide psychosocial support for children who have been affected by the conflict. We work directly with children so that they can access educational resource online and we provide safe spaces where they can take part in play-based activities. This is important in restoring a sense of normalcy in their lives. We are also supporting teachers to identify children who are struggling with the ongoing conflict.
Street Child and our local partner, For the Future of Ukraine, are one of a few organisations supporting the frontline city of Nikopol with much needed psychological first aid for children and their caregivers. Due to constant shelling and security risks these services are provided in bomb shelters.
As the conflict continues, Street Child remains ready to respond to emergencies. Street Child supported civilians affected by massive missile attacks in Zaporizhzhia, working with our local partners to purchase and distribute beds, blankets, heaters, food, and hygiene kits. Over 1,938 food kits have been distributed.
Many families and children have been displaced within Ukraine and require urgent access to food, basic supplies, and legal aid services. These families sometimes arrive in new locations under unfavourable conditions. Along with our local partners, we run programmes to provide clothing, food kits, hygiene and non-food items to these families.
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