Natasha, and her son 2 year old Artem at a border crossing. Lucy Beck/CARE
Partnership in action: Responding to the crisis in Ukraine
Together with our trusted local partners, CARE supports people in and around Ukraine with food, hygiene packages, and safe shelter.Nikita works in a kitchen of a restaurant that has been repurposed for the volunteers of “Kyiv of Volunteers”, a network that provides about 11.000 meals a day to the people in Kyiv and the surrounding areas. Sarah Easter/CARE Humanitarian convoy of six Slovenian Red Cross trucks in partnership with CARE Germany deliver 25,000 liters of water and 55 tons of food to Ukraine. Aleš Černivec/CARE
6.5 million people have fled since the war began inside Ukraine. People have had to leave their homes and often family members behind. As with all conflicts, the crisis in Ukraine is disproportionately affecting women and girls, both within the country and those fleeing across borders. Women, children, and elderly people need a safe roof over their heads, a source of income, food, items for children and babies , and hygiene necessities, amongst many other things.
“We receive lists of things that are most needed right now. From a hospital the other day we received a list with medicines, mattresses, and a refrigerator,” explains Inna Pidluska, Deputy Director of International Renaissance Fund (IRF), a CARE partner organization on the ground.
“We then immediately contacted suppliers and sent the needed supplies to the hospital.”Temporary shelter at the Kyiv train station. Sarah Easter/CARE
In Lviv, in the west of the country, internally displaced people who have fled contested areas such as Mariupol or Kharkiv are being supported. More than 80,000 people are already registered here.
“The problem is that there is no infrastructure for so many displaced people. People can temporarily sleep in schools or hotels, but there is often a lack of food, clothing, and other daily necessities. Beds, mattresses, and kitchen utensils are also still urgently needed,” explains Valeriya Vershynina from Charity Foundation Stabilization Support Services (CFSSS) another CARE partner.
CFSSS has been supporting displaced people in Ukraine since the conflict first began in 2014. Along with CARE, they support those who have fled by providing temporary shelter, food and hygiene packages, and assist kitchens in preparing meals.
At the main railway station in Lviv, at the beginning of the war, up to 130,000 people a day arrived, needing assistance to continue their journey, find shelter, or food, clothing, and hygiene products. At the beginning of the crisis, people here had to wait up to 20 hours for one of the three evacuation trains to Poland. Now it is only three to four hours.
“People want to get away from the fighting-as far as possible. I say that as a displaced person myself,” Valeriya continued.
Lviv train station. Sarah Easter/CARE
One woman, Luba, is currently running a temporary shelter in an office building near the train station. With support from CARE, Luba works every day to provide even more safe shelters for women and children in Lviv. Where there were desks and files before, women and their children now find a safe place to stay. She would also like to offer psychological support or job search assistance in the future.
“I am very happy that we have found a place that we can use. Currently it is difficult to find suitable accommodation. Again and again people arrive after curfew because their trains are delayed. That’s why the proximity of the shelter to the train station is a big advantage,” Luba says.
How CARE is responding to the crisis in Ukraine
In Ukraine, CARE supports a number of partner organizations that have a proven track record in development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Volunteers and smaller local initiatives receive financial support to help flexibly on the ground. In addition, CARE provides shelters and safe spaces for women and families, distributes food, water, hygiene items, and provides psychosocial support and cash assistance. As always, CARE considers the needs of women and girls, as well as young children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Together with our partners, CARE aid has reached about 245,000 people in Ukraine so far.