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Five Community Protection Centers operating in Mariupol with UNICEF support

MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 2 June 2016 – Giovanna Barberis, the UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, together with the Mayor of Mariupol today opened a new Community Protection Center (CPC) in Mariupol. The new CPC is the fifth in Mariupol and the 19th in eastern Ukraine.


“We invest in Community Protection Centers because communities are like families and keeping families together in times of crisis is one of our main concerns. The more people we can support, the stronger the community gets. And a strong community can support individual families much better than a weak community”, said Giovanna Barberis at the launch event.

The UNICEF Representative in Ukraine also thanked the German Government, the Mayor of Mariupol as well as the local partners for the excellent partnership. She highlighted that “an estimated 130,000 of most vulnerable children in the region will have access to the network of Community Protection Centers and to the nineteen UNICEF supported mobile teams of which twelve are in Donetsk oblast, providing much needed psycho-social assistance”.

Five CPCs are being set up in cooperation with the Mariupol Youth Union, serving different communities in central Mariupol and in the outskirts of the city.

The project is supported by the German Government with a financial contribution of USD 15.6 million (EUR 14.2 million) and will also provide emergency and sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion for 750,000 people, including 250,000 IDPs and 500,000 people in host communities.

“Water security is also one of our main concerns here in Mariupol,” said Giovanna Barberis. “With the city being at the end of the regional water supply line, we do everything we can to provide the people of Mariupol with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.”

Located in government-controlled territory, as of 19 May 2016, Mariupol alone is hosting 106,616 registered IDPs from the non-government controlled area and buffer zone, according to the Department of Social Policy in Donetsk oblast. Some residents of Mariupol have fled to other cities in Ukraine, as they felt that their safety in Mariupol was threatened. Mariupol is both an IDP-hosting city, as well as an IDP returnee location, and has suffered shelling during the conflict.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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For more information, please contact:
Sofiya Popovych
Emergency Field Coordinator, UNICEF Ukraine (Mariupol office)
Tel: + 380 50 3120354



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