GFC continues to respond to the emergency needs of children and families in Ukraine as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion that began in February 2022. GFC has disbursed nearly $3 million in funding to over 74 community-based organizations in Ukraine and the surrounding countries supporting refugees.
We provided a range of support to our local partners, alongside fully flexible funding for partners to provide humanitarian assistance including food, warm clothes, safe shelter, transportation, medicine, evacuation support, psychosocial assistance and educational access and public awareness and safety campaigns.
As the impact of the war drags on, and the international attention in the conflict decreases, the need for the services provided by local community-based organizations continue to increase. At GFC, we recognize that this need will likely remain for years to come. GFC's ability to support and fund front-line community-based organizations that support the safety and wellbeing of families effected by this crisis is an important piece of the global response and we remain committed to supporting them as the conflict continues.
We have recently launched our new long-term emergency response strategy, which can be seen attached.
Since February 2022, GFC has distributed more than $2.6 million to 70+ community-based organizations that are responding to the attack on Ukraine. GFC’s partners are providing hot food, warm winter clothing and gear, fuel, shelter, evacuation assistance and trauma support to children and families under attack in Ukraine and to refugees in seeking asylum in Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.
The past few months Ukraine has seen continued Russian attacks on infrastructure, with partners requesting funds for heating equipment and for safe spaces to keep children and their families out of the frigid temperatures. The rapidly changing context has resulted in a narrowing of the needs of our community partners on the ground - they are now prioritizing food supply, access to running water, medicine, generators, blankets, and gas heaters - the basic essentials they need in order for members of their community to survive.
Your support and GFC's flexible funding, which allows us to quickly move funds to where they are needed most, has been extremely crucial in helping our partners support children and their families during the difficult winter months. As the situation on the ground evolves, our partners will continue to remain agile to resond to the needs of those impacted by the crisis.
Since February 2022, GFC has distributed more than $1.7 million to 70+ community-based organizations based both in Ukraine and the surrounding region. We have expanded our reach to over 30 partners in the surrounding countries of Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Poland, and Serbia. These partners have pivoted to address the immediate needs of refugee children and youth and are providing a wide range of services tailored to local community need. Their support includes: finding long-term housing, expanding access to food and nutritional care, offering psychosocial and trauma care, assisting with finding employment, providing legal support, and ensuring that children have access to online or in person schooling.
Aside from providing the services outlined above, our partners also operate within GFC's four focusareas–from ensuring that children with disabilities have access to medication and mobility equipment, to providing language and cultural integration programs, to preventing violence and exploitation against vulnerable children and youth, to creating safe spaces for children to explore through art and storytelling. Our partners responding to the impacts of the war in Ukraine are working to ensure that all children and their families are able to thrive and rebuild their lives regardless of circumstance.
With winter quickly approaching, your continued support is crucial in order to provide safe shelter, fuel, warm clothing, and food to children and their families that are seeking refuge.
Ukrainian children explore storytelling in Moldova
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