More than 2 million refugees left Ukraine. Many of them come from the most war-torn areas of the country, through the Chernivtsi region and then to the Romanian border. IBO Italia has been working in cooperation with local partners (schools, universities, associations) in the Chernivtsi region for more than 10 years. With this project IBO Italia aims to support Internally Displaced People and Refugees, providing them with essential goods and psychological support.
From the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, thousands of people from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa have come through the city of Chernivtsi where both private and public facilities were organized in order to welcome these Internally Displaced People offering them accommodation, food and medical care. Besides physical damages, the psychological effects caused by the conflict are huge so both refugees and the local population of Cernivitsi are in strong need of psychological support.
The refugees will be provided with essential goods such as food, medicines, medical and health equipment. These materials will be purchased on site if available, otherwise shipped from Italy or from Romania to the association "Dobri Ljudi Bukovunu" - a local project partner in the Chernivtsi region - to support them in coping with this emergency situation. Besides this, psychological support will be provided to help the most vulnerable to handle the stress they are undergoing.
The activities will help the Ukrainian community in Chernivtsi to welcome the large number of Internally Displaced People that keep coming from the areas, most affected by the war, maintaining stability in the aid system and improving its effectiveness. The project will reduce the risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the target group, helping them maintain their psychological health condition and will facilitating the long term recovery after the end of the war.