Protect Families in Ukraine

by The HALO Trust
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Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Protect Families in Ukraine
Farm tractor hits a landmine in Ukraine
Farm tractor hits a landmine in Ukraine

I want to sincerely thank each and every one of our generous donors for supporting The HALO Trust’s life-saving work in Ukraine. You are making a huge difference for families in Ukraine – thank you!

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, a huge quantity of explosives and weaponry has been used in the conflict, including landmines, cruise missiles, cluster munitions, and mortars.

Many explosives do not work as intended and remain a threat to civilians in areas where the fighting has stopped. HALO's experience tells us that the greatest danger for civilians is when the fighting moves on, and people are desperate to return to their homes.

Every week authorities are reporting cases of civilians injured and killed by rockets and bombs left from the fighting. Explosives left behind by the fighting make the fields too dangerous for farmers to harvest their land. And explosives block access for other humanitarian aid organizations.

Thanks to you, HALO teams in Ukraine are now diligently working with the State Emergency Service to locate and destroy the deadly explosives that litter the streets from the war.

The urban nature of much of the clearance (including booby-trapped homes) is different from the more traditional mine clearance work that our teams in Ukraine previously undertook, and we are recruiting and training staff to meet this challenge. These new recruits are Ukrainian men and women, helping provide meaningful employment.  

HALO staff are also continuing their work providing risk education, direct medical and humanitarian aid, and mapping safe and hazardous areas to share with the public about what areas are not safe and to avoid.

You are protecting lives, making it possible for farmers to harvest their land to help tackle the global food crisis, and helping families recover. Thank you for making our work possible.

Family at a risk education class with HALO
Family at a risk education class with HALO
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Delivering supplies to families in Kramatorsk
Delivering supplies to families in Kramatorsk

The war in Ukraine has now raged on for over a month, and civilians have suffered the most. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 10 million people in Ukraine have been displaced from their homes. The use of landmines and explosive weapons has been widespread, and many remain unexploded, waiting to claim unsuspecting civilians as victims.

Your support is helping us scale up our operations to assist the international humanitarian response and address the contamination of unexploded items. We are utilizing our vehicles, supplies, medics, and resources to reach families who need help the most. Read on to learn more about the impact of your support:

Delivering Aid

Our local expertise allows us to help families in areas where few other international aid organizations can reach. HALO continues to support the humanitarian effort on the ground by delivering aid and supplies to local community centers across Ukraine. Because of your support, last week, we delivered three truckloads of baby food, diapers, and household supplies to Kramatorsk, a city in Donbas that is only 30 miles from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine.

Employing Ukrainians

Our highest priority has been to support the welfare and safety of our 400+ locally employed Ukrainian staff. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we continue to pay their salaries which allows them to feed and house their families. As we scale up operations, we plan to increase the size of our team and help more locals find meaningful employment.

Keeping Families Safe

Explosive weapons like cluster munitions regularly fail to detonate, leaving unsuspecting civilians vulnerable during and after the fighting. Since March, HALO has been reaching out to civilians to warn them what these hazards look like and how to avoid them. Our messaging has reached over 40 million people in Ukraine, nearly all of the population.

Mapping Unexploded Items & Identifying Safe Corridors

HALO is leveraging innovative technology to locate and map unexploded bombs and rockets. We are mapping areas contaminated with explosives so that humanitarian aid organizations and refugees know where it is safe to travel. It will also allow us to remove the unexploded bombs and rockets when there is a pause in the fighting.

Your support is making a real difference for families in Ukraine, right now. We cannot thank you enough.

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Lisa Balestrieri
Washington, DC United States
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