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Children and their families in Eastern Ukraine to gain improved access to emergency aid, education and social services

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, 18th March 2016 – There are currently some 3.1 million people in need in Ukraine as a result of the conflict. The vast majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are hosted in communities which have been heavily affected, including by the destruction of key infrastructure such as water distribution systems and education facilities.

Thanks to the financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany, over 1.3 conflict-affected children and their families in the Eastern Ukraine will gain better access to water and social services, through two new UNICEF projects.

The overall funding of USD 30 million (EUR 27 million) will support two major initiatives addressing key areas such as access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies; child protection; IDP integration, social cohesion and resilience building. The projects will be implemented in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and the government-controlled areas of Donetsk, Luhansk Oblasts.

Half of the funding, USD 15.6 million (EUR 14.2 million), of the German Government is channelled through the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ – GmbH) and will enable emergency and sustainable water supplies, sanitation and hygiene promotion for 750,000 people, including 250,000 IDPs and 500,000 people in host communities. Additionally, the most vulnerable children will have access to a network of ten Community Protection Centers and nine mobile teams providing psycho-social and conflict-mediation assistance, provided at 20 schools in 7 oblasts and Mariupol.

Communities in the project Oblasts have shown remarkable solidarity, hosting and supporting people displaced by the conflict. Responding to the particular challenges faced by children, their families and their communities, a second project will support the integration of displaced people and support social services with the aim of promoting social cohesion and increased resilience in these regions. The KfW Development Bank supports these activities with USD 14 million (EUR 12.8 million). This project will be implemented throughout the five Oblasts.

Kindergartens will be refurbished and furnished resulting in 7,500 new seats created. Education supplies will also be provided to them 13,000 young children will benefit from improved quality preschool education. For young children at risk of or with special needs and their families, early intervention services will be expanded to maximise children’s development opportunities. There will be new service points for early interventions, strengthening the capacities of 400 professionals and building awareness among parents and caregivers about disabilities and early intervention services. Mobile teams will also reach rural and isolated areas with early intervention services. UNICEF will provide sports equipment and supplies to 300 education facilities and volleyball and soccer tournaments will be organised for 3,600 children and adolescents. At least 20 youth centres will support 1,300 adolescents implement social projects they have designed, build leadership and conflict resolution skills and expressing their opinions through the production of their own multi-media content.

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About UNICEF
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then, the children’s agency has been working to improve the lives of children and families throughout Ukraine. For more information about UNICEF Ukraine visit: www.unicef.org/ukraine/
For more information on the UNICEF emergency response in Ukraine visit www.unicef.org/ukraine/children_26253.html
The Humanitarian Action for Children in Ukraine appeal is available here www.unicef.org/appeals/ukraine.html .

About KfW Development Bank
KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfW is owned 80 per cent by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 per cent by the federal states (“Länder”). KfW Development Bank is Germany’s leading development bank and an integral part of KfW. It carries out Germany´s Financial Cooperation (FC) with developing countries on behalf of the Federal Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners all over the world. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalization fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.
For more information visit www.kfw‐entwicklungsbank.de

About GIZ
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global
service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development with
around 16,400 employees. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas,
including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace
and security. Our business volume exceeds two billion euros. As a public-benefit federal
enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and public and private sector clients in
around 130 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim,
GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better
prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.
For more information visit www.giz.de

 

 
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