The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has been going on since 2014. The local people are forced to leave their homes in search of safe shelter in other parts of the country. Humanitarian aid must be provided not only for those who have fled, but also for those who are hosting the refugees.

People fleeing from war are forced to abandon their previous lives – they are jobless and penniless. They lack the bare essentials (food, warm clothes). One of the most vulnerable groups is children, for whom war is a traumatic experience. They need counselling and new opportunities for their education and development. Also vulnerable are elderly people, who are not able to look after themselves and satisfy their own needs in such difficult conditions.


In Ukraine, we provide aid to satisfy most basic needs. We have been operating in Ukraine since 2014, and in 2015 we established a permanent mission there. Our earliest activities were an immediate response to the crisis: we helped provide medical assistance and we delivered food baskets, hygiene kits, blankets, sleeping bags and other bare necessities.

Our top priority is to lend support to the most vulnerable groups: elderly people, women, and children. We are able to reach them thanks to our co-operation with local partners.

At the moment we provide consultations both at our information center and during outreach field visits. We provide lawyer counseling, social counseling, career mentoring, vocational courses, open meetings on entrepreneurship and psychological consultation.

We are involved in long-term programmesintended to provide financial support for people in the greatest need. Monthly subsidies help these families buy food, warm clothes and other bare essentials which are best suited to their individual needs.

Moreover, we renovate water and sanitation infrastructure in public places (mostly children or seniors-related like hospitals or schools).

2018/2019 – Ukraine – Protection

Project duration: 13.07.2018 – 12.07.2019

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: UNICEF

Our actions are aimed at IDPs and the local populace affected by the conflict. As part of this programme we assemble mobile teams that provide group and individual psychological and social care for children, teenagers, and their parents. These mobile teams, supervised by PAH’s experts, also recruit local activists who in turn will later be forming social initiative groups. These activists will also be supported by trainings in project management and submitting applications for funding. After the trainings the best applications will be supported by subsidies. Such activities will enable creation of safe spaces in which the local community will be able to enjoy sports, festivals, contests, or trainings. Direct aid will be provided to 1100 beneficiaries as well as the local community participating in the events.
2018/2019 – UKRAINE – Protection/Water

Project duration: 20.08.2018-19.08.2019

Location: Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, Ukraine

Donator: OFDA

The goal of this project is to aid the people who were affected by the conflict the most. Aid is addressed primarily to the elderly, who live alone and went through nervous breakdowns. We provide them with psychological and social aid. They will have the chance to participate in local events where they will be able to meet others, make new acquaintances, develop their skills, and feel a part of the local community. Those who need aid the most will receive financial help so that they can satisfy their basic needs. In the area of food provision we will conduct agricultural trainings supplemented by distribution of tools and seeds. Furthermore, we will repair sanitary facilities in public institutions such as hospitals that are also looking after the elderly. Our aid will reach 5 442 people.
2018/2019 – Ukraine – Protection

Project duration: 1.04.2019 – 31.12.2019

Location: Donetska oblast, Ukraine

Donor: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Polish Aid)

The aim of the project is to improve functioning of social services system in Donetska oblast through enhancing the access to the social infrastructure and developing capacities of personnel of social and psychological services. Social institutions employees are being trained in: managing stressful situations and emotional control, giving psychological first aid in emergency situations and in case of escalation of armed conflict, communicating with people in difficult life circumstances and resolution of conflict situations, social and psychological assistance to conflict-affected population with mental disabilities and/or to older population feeling anxiety and loneliness, creating dialogue with local authorities or other relevant stakeholders in improving services provided. 3 Community Teams are being created from among social institutions employees and local activists. This aid will reach 1600 people.  Project co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
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