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Assistance to Displaced Persons from Ukraine

Photo: Poliakov family with many children that fled from Ukraine received vouchers in the Babrujsk region of Belarus. Photo by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Armed conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine caused a massive drift of their residents to neighboring countries. As of January 2016, over 100,000 people have arrived in Belarus since June 2014. According to some estimates, their number exceeds 150,000. The forced migrants suffer from a difficult financial situation and feel psychologically vulnerable. The project is aimed at helping those who need it most. Its objective is to satisfy the needs of 1,300 people in food and hygiene for the period of six months.

Дети переселенки из Украины Алины Поляковой, Бобруйский район

The older children from the Poliakov family that fled from Ukraine to Belarus. Photo by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Who For whom
310 households, or 1,300 persons, 55% of whom are children and 45% adults. Women comprise 70% of all the adults.
Displaced persons from Ukraine
Where When
Around the country
February-December 2016

In the framework of the project, refugees receive vouchers the number of which is determined by the number of family members: 1-2 people get one voucher worth 50 Swiss Francs, 3-4 people get two vouchers, 5-6 people get three vouchers. In certain stores these vouchers can be exchanged for food, hygiene products, clothing, and other goods, except for tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and jewelry. In addition, upon a migrant’s appeal and its consideration by the commission, migrants’ expenses for medical services (chemotherapy, surgical and obstetric care) and pharmacy products (insulin, medicines for cardiovascular diseases, painkillers and immunomodulators for cancer patients, medicines for children, etc.) can be covered

The help is provided to the most vulnerable persons, such as the lonely elderly with disabilities who have faced problems in receiving pensions, allowances, or medical services; families that have arrived without a breadwinner; families with many children; pregnant women and nursing mothers.

T. A. Braguniec from Ukraine is exchanging vouchers for food in the store of Liuban, Minsk region. Photo by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

If you are interested in helping the project, please contact the Secretariat of the Belarus Red Cross Society at +37517-327-14-17, Minsk 220030, Karla Marksa Str. 35.