Since March 2014, the clashes in the Eastern part of Ukraine have made numerous civilian casualties, many of whom are children. The Swiss child aid organisation Terre des hommes (Tdh) has sent a team to the region around Luhansk for the purpose of providing much-needed aid.
7,000 children and their families are being supplied with their basic needs and receiving psychosocial support. The Tdh team is operating in inaccessible towns and villages where needs are especially acute.
“Even before the conflict many of these children lived under precarious conditions. The rural population of East Ukraine is the poorest of the country,” reported Iveta Bartunkova, our team leader. “In spite of the tensions Terre des hommes helps them find their feet, and offers their children a safe place where they receive professional attention – and where they can simply be children again.”
Terre des hommes has opened 45 play schools and game libraries, where children can also receive psychosocial support. Their parents are also provided with advice and assistance with administrative problems and in overcoming difficulties in their integration into the new environment. The Terre des hommes premises are accessible to all involved parties so that they can speak with each other and reduce tensions. The Swiss aid organisation has trained 225 local teaching staff to meet the children’s needs for psychosocial support.