On the 24th of February 2022, Russia started a military assault on Ukraine with the intention to invade. Street Child launched an emergency response on the 25th of February, our first response in Europe. Over the course of 2022, millions of people were displaced by the conflict and whilst many areas have since been de-occupied by Russian forces, 17.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.
In October 2022, Russia began a new phase of the conflict, launching a series of attacks aiming to cripple the country’s energy infrastructure. Ongoing missile attacks have left millions of people without power, heating and water supply during freezing winter temperatures. The constantly changing circumstances of the conflict have required an agile and flexible response, led by the expertise of local organisations.
People have been internally displaced by the conflict.
People are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance.
People have fled and become refugees in European countires.
Street Child launched an emergency response within 24 hours of the Russian invasion. Since the beginning of the war, we have identified and been working with 15 local partners across Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. The majority of our partners have been supported through our flexible funding scheme which allows local organisations to assess the needs on the ground and respond in the way they feel would make the biggest impact, be that food and clothing or blankets and hygiene kits. All our projects have an emphasis on psychosocial support for children and adults to address the stress, trauma and risks arising as a result of the conflict.
Street Child continues to focus on keeping children in emergencies safe, in school and learning. We have been working with numerous partners in Ukraine to equip 67 schools and child-friendly spaces with vital access to in-person and remote learning, replacing and repairing furniture, alongside providing educational resources such as lesson plans, posters, printed guidelines, printed cards and workbooks so children are able to continue learning.
Street Child has been working to provide psychosocial support for children who have been affected by the crisis. Through our network of partner organizations representing 33 education hubs, we are aiming to reach 10,000 children with psychosocial and educational support in 11 regions of Ukraine. Children can visit these hubs to receive holistic psychosocial support, access educational resources online, and participate in play-based activities, restoring a sense of normalcy in their lives.
Additionally, we are running programmes to train teachers to provide psychosocial support for their students after returning to school. So far, over 1,000 teachers have been trained to support children affected by war.
As the conflict continues, Street Child remains ready to respond to emergencies. In October, Street Child supported civilians caught up in the massive missile attacks on Zaporizhzhia, the site of the contested nuclear power station. Working with local partners, we were able to purchase and distribute beds, blankets, heaters, food, and hygiene kits. Over 1,938 food kits have been distributed in this area.
Our partnership approach means that donations made to Street Child are being used to help people within days, not months. Partnering with local organizations is not only important to be able to mobilise aid quickly; it is also the most effective and targeted way of ensuring that support reaches those most in need, especially in wartime, when the circumstances are constantly changing.
Local organisations know their contexts better than anyone else and are well-connected within their communities and, in the Ukrainian context, with their local authorities. They are best placed to direct how funding should be used and – crucially – how it should not be used.
As the conflict becomes protracted, we are working to implement projects which will reach 50,000 children and their caregivers with essential educational services and further psychosocial support. We are also working to repair educational and learning facilities in order to provide as safe learning environment for children in 16 regions across Ukraine.
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Children reached, of which at least 6,440 were girls.
Children reached through protection services.
Teachers have been trained in an emergency context.
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