UNICEF Belarus support to refugee families from Ukraine
Since February 2022, UNICEF Belarus has been working with partners across the country to support Ukrainian refugee children and their families residing in Belarus. Our support includes providing refugee families with cash assistance, psychosocial support, access to education including the provision of tablets and internet access, and information and referral to essential services.
In summer 2022, UNICEF Belarus supported summer camps for 87 Ukrainian refugee children legally residing in different regions of Belarus with their parents or guardians. Children had a chance to interact with their peers and receive support from trained child psychologists to help them overcome the effects of conflict and displacement. When their families collected them from the summer camp, they reported seeing a glimpse of the children they used to be before.
This year, UNICEF Belarus scaled up this support, providing refugee families living in Belarus with access to recreation and extracurricular activities through direct financial assistance, enabling them to choose those that best suit their needs and interests over summer months. To date, 704 children from 462 families have benefited from this support.