23/02/2024

“It's like in the movies, but this is not a movie. This is reality. This is our lives.”

Amidst the sounds of war, Olga and her nine-year-old daughter Leona faced the heart-wrenching decision to flee their home in Kyiv. With each passing day, the threat of being cut off from the world loomed larger, as nearby areas lost electricity and essential services. "We have to leave our homes, our relatives, our friends, and go to other…, Access to the essentials , Over six million Ukrainian children are in need of humanitarian assistance, both inside Ukraine and in other countries to which they have fled, many of whom are deprived of basic necessities and living under the constant threat of violence. One of the most urgent needs is access to Water and sanitation supplies safe water, sanitation and hygiene (…, Relying on traditional supplies was not enough , UNICEF typically procures individual WASH items such as soap, buckets, water purification tablets, detergent and sanitary pads from multiple suppliers globally on a “best value for money” principle. These goods are then delivered to our network of global supply hubs where they are packed and stored as kits, ready to be delivered to children in…, Fast-track contracts, “With the disruptions and delays we saw, it was obvious that relying on our traditional suppliers in China and India would not get WASH kits to Ukrainian children quickly enough,” says Aurelia Gasca, WASH Contracts Manager at UNICEF Supply Division. Sourcing supplies from Türkiye and Bulgaria meant they could be transported overland, avoiding…, Delivering the goods, Working closely with teams on the ground, UNICEF developed WASH kits customized for different vulnerable groups. Distribution is prioritized for the worst-hit areas of Eastern Ukraine. For mothers and children fleeing their homes, UNICEF provides hygiene kits for people on the move. Containing just the essentials like soap, sanitary pads and…, Responding to rapidly changing realities , In 2023, over 163,000 of various types of kits have reached more than 932,000 people across Ukraine. The year before, in 2022, supplies were distributed to at least 866,120 people in Ukraine affected and displaced by the war. “While the crisis continues, flexibility and responsiveness will be key,” Gasca emphasizes. “By working hand-in-hand with…
24/08/2022

Building a supply pipeline amid war

The war in Ukraine has taken an unimaginable toll on children and their families. Almost 1,000 children have been killed or injured, while 5.2 million need humanitarian assistance. The loss and separation of families has caused intense trauma. With the growing needs of children, comes the challenge to send emergency supplies that meets them.…, The evolving needs of children, In March and April, during the early stages of the war, one of the most pressing necessities in Ukraine was winter clothes, as harsh temperatures threatened the well-being of children caught up in the war. In the following months, as summer arrived, different needs emerged and the operation became more complex. Demand was constant for health kits…, Consistency of the most-needed supplies, Originally, UNICEF had a single supply route through Poland into Ukraine, where a warehouse was set up on the grounds of an old chicken factory in Lviv. The warehouse was to be temporary, but soon turned into a critical piece of infrastructure as the storage and collection point for supplies heading for children and families throughout Ukraine. “…, On the frontline of supply, The supply operation is not just about supplies, but the people that procure, ship and distribute them. UNICEF Supply Division has, since the beginning of the war, been sending warehousing and logistics specialists into Ukraine to support their colleagues to run a fast and efficient supply operation.   "We can’t just think outside the box, we must…
08/09/2020

For children! When it’s urgent!

Education cannot wait for conflicts to end or the rebuilding of schools after a natural disaster.   In the absence of schools, supplies play a critical role in supporting children’s continued access to education. UNICEF and partners have developed several education kits that can support children of all  ages. These kits are often tailored to the…, Early childhood development kit, A child attending the Narrow Gate school holds up a stuffed toy he received during a distribution of UNICEF Early Childhood Development and Recreational kits in Yei, South Sudan, April 2017. The Early Childhood Development Kit contains items such as board books and puppets for storytelling to help caregivers create a safe learning environment for…, School-in-a-Box and School-in-a-Carton kits , With materials for up to 40 students, the School-in-a-Box and -Carton kits can be used by teachers to establish makeshift classrooms in emergencies or other under-resourced settings. The School-in-a-Box and -Carton kits contain materials for a teacher and up to 40 students. They can be used by teachers to establish makeshift classrooms in…, Recreation kit, A child kicks a football from a UNICEF recreation kit towards the goal at in the official displacement camp of Socoura, in the town of Sévaré, Mopti region, in central Mali, April 2019. A child kicks a football from a UNICEF recreation kit towards the goal at in the official displacement camp of Socoura, in the town of Sévaré, Mopti region, in…, Mathematics teaching and science teaching kits, A teenage student uses large triangle ruler to point to the blackboard during a class in a temporary learning space in the Dar es Salam camp in the Baga Sola area, in the Lake Region, Chad, in April 2015. The Mathematics Teaching and Science Teaching kits are mainly for teachers’ demonstration and can be used for students’ activities. While the…, Disability-friendly education items, The clock for teaching purposes that is supplied by UNICEF and comes with raised numbers and Braille embossing underneath for children with visual impairment to be able to read the time. Children with visual impairment can learn to read the time using the clock that is included in the School-in-a-Box and -Carton kits, which comes with Braille dots…