HIA’s ACT Alliance supported emergency assistance program for IDPs has started in seven regions of Ukraine in January, 2015. Primarily large families with three or more children are receiving food, hygienic and baby packages. The project is implemented by Hungarian Interchurch Aid in partnership with its Ukrainian regional offices and local partners, assisting a total of 1350 IDP families.
Oxana Ivanovna Poljakova had been living in Rozipne, Donetsk county with her four children, but they had to move due to the heavy fights and the Malaysian Airlines’ plane crash. Parts of the airliner have fallen on their house and have damaged the roof and walls. They had to wait several days till all the bodies had been taken from the garden. The family left everything behind, but now they received a temporary home in Bilenka near Zaporozje. Hungarian Interchurch Aid could assist the family with food, hygienie and baby packages thanks to the support of ACT Alliance members.
Some of the families received temporary shelter in the hospital of Zaporozje.
Ivachenko Natalya Vasiliyevna arrived with her three children from Slovianks several months ago. The fourth child was born in Kharkov. 'Since I left my town I don't know anything about what happened with my home. Children : Daniel (10) , Liza (6) , Masha (4) , Vlad.
Slobodanyuk Oksana Vitaliyevna arrived from Kirovsk, Donetsk county to Kharkiv with her five children. In the suburb blockhouse where they live, three families are sharing a small apartment, they can use one room, the kitchen and the bathroom are shared. The youngest son lives with disability, until his age of eighteen he needs regular hospital treatment. The received 'disability support' is the only one income of the family members, approximately 180 Euros per month. The grandma checks their apartment in Kirovsk to keep it safe, but in the city there is neither kindergarten nor school and medical care. When they left Kirovsk with several large families, they sign the cars that they are full of children, they hoped it might help to avoid shooting on them.
Yuldaseva Viola Viktorovna has five children, the oldest can not walk because of polio. The family fled from Luhansk when the bombing started in June, they headed first to Kiev then they ended up in Kharkiv. Her husband took part in the fighting, but the family has not heard from him since August 26, 2014. He has disappeared, he is not found among the confirmed dead bodies, nor those in captivity, so no one can confirm his death. The family receive some assistance after the disabled child, as well as housing assistance, but all of their monthly income is under 200 Euros for six of them.
Photos: MTI/Koszticsák Szilárd
- HIA’s ACT Alliance supported emergency assistance program for IDPs has started in seven regions of Ukraine (Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Ivano Frankivsk, Lviv, Transcarpathia and Kyiv City) in January, 2015. Primarily large families with three or more children are receiving food, hygienic and baby packages.