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EU and UNICEF join efforts to help children and families affected by crisis in Ukraine

Over 60,000 families and 20,000 school children to receive access to safe drinking water and hygiene facilities in eastern Ukraine

21 October 2014, KYIV – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided €500,000 to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) aiming to improve water, sanitation and hygiene situation for children and women affected by the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Through the joint initiative by ECHO and UNICEF, over 60,000 children and families will benefit from hygiene supplies and 20,000 pupils will receive access to safe drinking water and improved sanitary conditions in their schools in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“These most basic hygiene supplies are vital for the children and their families who have had to flee their homes due to the armed conflict in Ukraine. We have already distributed around 2,500 hygiene kits. We are grateful to ECHO for the timely support, which enables UNICEF to reach over 60,000 displaced children and families, as well as those remaining in the conflict zone,” – said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

Today’s financial support to UNICEF is part of ECHO’s overall response to the Ukraine Crisis. “The European Commission has allocated €7.5 Million in humanitarian aid to address the immediate needs of people affected by this crisis”, said ECHO representative in Kyiv Mamar Merzouk. He added that “humanitarian assistance should reach the most vulnerable especially children and women, in line with International Humanitarian Law “.

Over 415,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine due to the escalation of violence in country. At least one third of them are children. The displaced children and families are in dire need of hygiene supplies, such as diapers, toothbrushes, soap and washing powder.

The fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts has severely disrupted water supply systems resulting in up to 250,000 people in Luhansk and one million people in Donetsk oblast being without access to water. The disruption continues to be a major threat to water and sewerage systems. Some functioning water supplies in the conflict-affected areas do not have chlorine for disinfection. Learn more:

For more information, please contact Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Kyiv, +, 


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About ECHO: The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world's largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon and supported by EU citizens an as expression of European solidarity with any person or people in need. For more information: , , .



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