You Can Support Those in Crisis Fleeing Ukraine

by ActionAid USA
You Can Support Those in Crisis Fleeing Ukraine
By mid 2022, the overall number of forcibly displaced people worldwide had risen to an estimated 103 million. This is primarily due to the war on Ukraine and other escalating emergencies. In fact, in 2023, it is estimated that 339 million people will need assistance in 69 countries (an increase of 65 million people compared to the same time last year) and that one in every 23 people on the planet will need humanitarian assistance.
ActionAid’s Ukraine crisis response was launched in March 2022, co-led by in partnership with local and regional partners with geographical and sectoral expertise in the affected countries (Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Moldovia).The response has been focusing on preventing GBV (gender-based violence) through community-based, women-led protection and offering psychosocial counselling support. ActionAid priority groups include IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) communties, conflict-affected populations housed in emergency shelters and/or host communities; women and girls affected and at risk of GBV; conflict-affected children, older people, and people living with disabilities.
Our key activities include protection, cash programming, shelter, education, relief supplies and non-food essential items.To date, our response reach highlights include:
  • 1,063,189 people reached thus far
  • 551,097 people accessing key infromation
  • 10,594 people receivng multipurpose cash support
  • 78,121 people accessing protection services
  • 103,936 peopel recieiving receiving essential supplies, including food
  • 100 people receiving GBV support

People reached by Country:

  • Poland: 1,051,211
  • Ukraine: 11,014
  • Romania: 90.816
We know these crises and conflicts have a disproportionate effect on women and girls and that they are often affected more than men in the aftermath. Violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially during times of conflict, and to make matters worse, women are often excluded from decision making processes and denied access to essential resources. The increased vulnerability that many women and girls face during emergencies is the direct result of the gender inequality and discrimination that women and girls experience in their daily lives, yet, women and women's organizations are significantly underrepresented in humanitarian response. That’s why, at the onset of a crisis, ActionAid does things differently. Our emergency response is guided by our Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and Humanitarian Signature – our federation-wide, nonnegotiable approach to humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery which all humanitarian interventions must adhere to.
This includes:
  1. Shifting the Power: ActionAid’s presence and relationships with localorganizations in communities where we work are enhanced through our response, continually expanding on local capacity. We enable local leadership to design and implement programs, and support local leaders to access national funding and advocacy opportunities.
  2. Women’s Leadership: We ensure power is shifted to women leaders in order to address existing power imbalances at all levels by promoting the leadership of women who are affected by the crisis. This means that we will focus on women’s rights programming, including protection programming, so that women have the space, and agency, to lead change processes.
  3. Accountability to Affected Communities: Effective humanitarian response means that all stakeholders are accountable to affected communities. ActionAid works with communities and local organizations to support them to hold powerful decision makers to account, and to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs expressed by the communities themselves.
  4. Sustainability and Resilience: Underlying the Humanitarian Signature, it is crucial to link emergency response to resilience-building and longer term sustainable change, including empowering individuals, training them to know and advocate for their rights, and addressing underlying inequalities through all of our programming.
Thank you for being a champion of our work and for your commitment to human rights around the world! The war on Ukraine has direct and down the line impacts on people and communities in the immediate area and around the world. If you can, please consider sharing this project within your network, so we can continue to reach more people with critical services and achieve our vision of a just, equitable, and sustainable world.
Thank you!
Children's Support Activity Session (Romania)
Children's Support Activity Session (Romania)
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Nina, 25, fled Ukraine when the bombing began.
Nina, 25, fled Ukraine when the bombing began.

On June 20th, we commemorated World Refugee Day, where we honored the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in new and unfamiliar places.

People become refugees for many different reasons. Some, like Nina, a jewelry designer from Odessa, Ukraine, flee due to conflict and war.

 

When the bombing began, Nina fled Ukraine with her mother and sister, sharing only a single suitcase between them. It took Nina and her family nine long hours to make it into the city of Lasi in Romania. Once she was settled in a refugee camp, Nina began to help other refugees find accommodation and resources.

She shared with us, "When they realize I'm Ukrainian, their faces light up. The other day I played a soccer game with the children, and it was impressive to see their smiles. I never imagined I would become a refugee. Nor that I could help others in this way.”

We believe in advocating for fair policies that ensure a just world for all. That is why in each of these situations, ActionAid is present, working to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected, supported, and empowered.

 

We strive to meet basic needs through the distribution of food, sanitary supplies, and hygiene kits for women and girls. And we guarantee longer-term support by creating safe spaces for women, offering counselling for survivors of gender-based violence, and providing resilience trainings so that women can lead their communities as only they know how.

We’re grateful, as always, for your continued dedication to human rights. 

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Vira and her baby Artyom.
Vira and her baby Artyom.

Thank you so much for your support of this project. I'm writing to share some updates from ActionAid's emergency response. We appreciate you taking the time to learn about and act in response to this crisis.

Ukraine is still under attack. More than three million people have fled to neighboring countries in search of safety, while 1.8 million people remain internally displaced. As these numbers continue to grow by the day, so does the need for basic aid and services, as well as the assurance that those services are delivered.

A crisis of this scale deserves response of equal magnitude and so far, an overwhelming number of donors from around the world have contributed much needed funds to groups providing critical and life-saving support. That support is going directly to those in need, in real-time. But since the attacks began almost three weeks ago, news outlets have reported on the many obstacles that humanitarian organizations are facing getting their supplies into Ukraine, while under constant threat - a reality that underscores the equal importance of organizations working to meet the needs of refugees in border countries.

 

Take Vira, for example. When the shelling started, Vira traveled from Kiev to Poland with her five children, including Artyom, a baby born three months premature. After her arrival, our partners helped Vira get to a camp and provided her family with food and childcare while helping her find the support that baby Artyom needs.

All people seeking refuge, no matter where they’re from and what they’re fleeing, deserve equal access to essential services and safety. Through our humanitarian approach, which focuses on the immediate and long-term needs of communities affected by crises, especially women and children, ActionAid is positioned to make an impact. Working with local partners in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and across the EU, we are delivering emergency food and water assistance, blankets, pillows, clothes, sanitation and hygiene support, and counselling for displaced people.

The future of this crisis is unclear, but what we are sure of now is that this is the time to act.

Let’s build on our momentum.

Thank you for your continued commitment to human rights.

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