Project information

Rebuilding and Reconciliation in Eastern Ukraine

Families are innocent victims of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Homes lost, prices soaring, food shortages, increasing unemployment are threatening the fabric of social and family life. Immediate and longer term development support will save and transform lives.

2 years

Charity information: ChildAid to Eastern Europe

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  • Need


    The geo-political crisis in eastern Ukraine has brought to the fore underlying historical and cultural divides. Ukraine is already one of the poorest nations in Europe (GDP around £5,300 per capita ppp) and for the poorest families in this region their very survival is little more than hand to mouth. Poverty is increasing as the currency devalues, fuel and food prices increase, employment is harder to come-by and the social infrastructure crumbles.


    Designated regions to be selected and mapped to identify most immediate needs and any existing programmes of support in place. Emergency aid will be provided to families identified as being most suitable to receive and benefit from transformative help and then offered through careful selected in situ partners. Following emergency support the project will identify long term opportunities to support the most vulnerable children and families in terms of housing, education and social care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver practical goods to the hardest hit areas


    » Transport second hand hospital and educational equipment from UK to Ukraine.

    At least two deliveries of hospital beds, medical consummables, computers, clothing and educational needs to be made every 12 months

    Aim 2

    To provide emergency relief to 1-3,000 most vulnerable children and families to overcome hardship


    » Through local partners meet basic needs with locally purchased essentials as required by families to survive and remain together

    Over 100 families supplied with locally sourced critical aid to secure them through winter and to build self-confidence

    Aim 3

    Develop longer term community reconciliation support programmes


    » Work with local based groups, such as churches, to create opportunities for social reconstruction and reconciliation.

    Community project groups active with physical rebuilding of infrastructure and social activities to unite fractured communities

  • Impact


    In terms of children, the understanding that there is a positive future with hope and opportunities.
    In terms of the individual families, they will remain united and independent of debt and/or benefit reliance.
    In terms of communities a stronger unity with aims to improve themselves.


    Key risk is foreign NGO support being prohibited from entering region in greatest crisis.
    We will work in areas surrounding any embargoed areas until such time as it is safe to undertake mapping review and identify areas for second phase support.


    As a small-medium charity we will provide either generic or specifically required reports based on activities and individual accounts of children and families whose lives have been transformed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Shipment 1 To deliver a truck load of hospital and other aid
      £2,000 Shipment 2 To deliver a truck load of hospital and other aid
      £4,000 Winter aid Provide essential clothing and heating needs for communities
      £2,500 Food aid Provide seed stock and food parels to the most needy communities
      £10,000 Community rebuilding Provide materials as necessary to help rebuild homes and community areas

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Alternative Gift fund £7,000 Guaranteed
    Donors £2,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Ukraine has long been a divided nation. With rich agricultural soil and heavy industry, it has huge economic potential but has suffered through corruption and in-fighting leading to a massive economic crisis which has fueled the geo-political instability and deepened divisions within society. The poorest families struggle with alcohol and drug abuse prevalent and orphans resort to crime and prostitution (Ukraine has the highest incidents of HIV-Aids deaths in Europe)


    Children living in the poorest families who are most vulnerable to the weakening economic situation. Families will be given opportunities to remain united and provide a more stable and solid environment for their children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChildAid has been transforming the lives of the vulnerable, neglected and abused across Eastern Europe since 1973 and have worked in Ukraine for the most part of the last 40 years. We have worked previously with partners in Odessa and currently have partnerships with local organisations in both east and west Ukraine. Our work has and continues to transform the lives of orphans and children living in vulnerable families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Wilcox

    As Charity Manager will co-ordinate the programme of mapping locations and then the structural approach to its operation

    Yuriy Potapenko

    As Projects manager will liase closely and continuously with partners on the ground to ensure efficient and effective service delivery

    Ihor Prus

    Leading the group based in Kiev who work extensively on supporting and rebuilding communities in eastern Ukraine


Equips a child with essentail winter clothing