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Humanitarian aid in Ukraine

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, millions of people have already had to leave their homes, including many children and young people. According to the United Nations, 18 million people in Ukraine are dependent on humanitarian aid. AWO International has been active in emergency relief on the ground together with local partner organisations since February 2022.

Ein Mann und eine Frau stehen in einem Klassenraum vor einer Gruppe Kinder, die an einem Tisch sitzt. Jedes Kind hat einen Laptop vor sich. Der Mann und die Frau tragen Westen mit dem Aufdruck: "AWO Emergency Response, Aktion Deutschland Hilft".
In Chernihiv, AWO International is creating safe places for children to learn together with the local partner organisation savED.

Together with local partner organisations on the ground and numerous AWO associations in Germany, AWO International was on the spot with rapid emergency aid and also provides long-term support for the people in Ukraine and for refugees in Romania. Through local partner organisations, we distribute emergency aid packages and cash assistance on the ground, offer psychological support and repair schools, kindergartens and private homes damaged by attacks.  

From February to July 2022, we also carried out 19 aid transports to Ukraine or the border together with various AWO associations. In total, 92 tonnes of relief supplies were delivered to Ukraine and distributed locally, including food, sleeping bags, hygiene articles, medicines and medical equipment.  

Since autumn 2022, our focus has been particularly on winter relief. "The infrastructure has been badly damaged, so we very often have power cuts. This means we often have no light, no tap water and the heaters fail," reports Ivan Kovalychyn, the rector of our Ukrainian partner organisation NDU. Together with NDU, we help the people in Butscha, Irpin and Hostomel by repairing windows and doors of damaged flats so that the heat stays inside in winter. 

Every donation helps us to support the local people. 

Donation account:  AWO International
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Keyword: Emergency aid Ukraine

How we help in Ukraine

In Chernihiv, our local partner organisation Safe Education (SavED) is restoring destroyed classrooms and building warming rooms at 20 schools. These places serve not only as teaching locations but also as meeting places for the communities. Our partner organisation Right to Protection (R2P) is rebuilding damaged social institutions and supporting people with legal advice for reconstruction. 

In the Kiev region, AWO International is active in winter aid together with Volkshilfe Austria and the local partner organisation Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine (NDU). NDU is carrying out repair work on damaged houses and has already helped 700 families to have a warm and safe home again by the end of December 2022. In addition, eight schools and kindergartens in Irpin, Butscha and Hostomel are being renovated and adapted as air-raid shelters. 

In the regions of Zakarpattia and Vinnytsia, we are supporting vulnerable Ukrainian women and internally displaced persons together with Solidar Suisse and the Ukrainian partner organisations VOSTOK SOS and VIS. Our partners distribute food and hygiene products and provide psychological support. They also evacuate elderly and needy people from the frontline areas and have set up a "safe space" for women and girls. Our partners support the local people through social activities and artistic and sporting activities.  

In Chernivtsi, AWO International works together with Volkshilfe Austria and the local partner organisation Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine (NDU). NDU regularly distributes food and hygiene packages there and offers legal counselling and psychosocial group services. 

In Lviv, we work with the local partner organisation "Walnut House" to renovate a women's shelter and provide a programme for women who have survived domestic and gender-based violence or have been affected by the war.

Humanitarian Aid projects in Romania

So far, over 8 million people from Ukraine have found protection outside the country, most of them in neighbouring Poland, Moldova, Hungary or Romania. Together with Solidar Suisse and three Romanian non-governmental organisations, AWO International has been supporting refugees in Romania since March 2022. 

  • in Timişoara, our Romanian partner organisation LOGS distributes vouchers and cash to refugees and offers counselling on topics such as housing, work and school.  
  • in Brasov, together with the Romanian NGO Migrant Integration Center, we support refugees through cash distributions, psychological support in individual and group sessions, social activities, art offers and counselling. 
  • At the border crossings between Romania and Ukraine and between Romania and Moldova, our partner organisation AIDRom distributes food, hygiene items and medicines to those in need.

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