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Humanitarian aid for those affected by the conflict | Ukraine

The project, which started in 2021, was originally aimed at supporting the population along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine affected by the conflict. The support included cash payments, food, hygiene and winter aid, and psychosocial support. Since the large-scale Russian invasion in early 2022, support has been extended to include other parts of the country in southern, western and central Ukraine.

The project

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    Project title: Multisectoral humanitarian assistance in the form of money, supplies and services for basic needs, food security, hygiene, winter aid and psychosocial support to people along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine affected by the conflict

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    Project region: at the start of the project, eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in particular; over the course of the project, also central and western Ukraine

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    Project financing: Federal Foreign Office

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    Project volume: approx. € 14.08 million

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    Project duration: 14/06/2021 - 13/06/2023 (24 months)

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    Target group: Internally displaced persons, vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, the elderly, children or households run by women

As a result of the Russian invasion in February 2022, the project was adapted to the changed needs. For example, people in Mariupol were provided with emergency food, water, candles and matches. The project operates both in the areas controlled by the Ukrainian government and in the occupied territories.


Leisure activities for children

Find out more about the previous project here: together with SSU Kiev, the ASB organised holiday leisure activities for children who had to flee those regions of Ukraine where the fighting is taking place.

How the ASB is helping in Ukraine

Cash payouts


People affected by the conflict receive cash for a period of three to six months. This allows beneficiaries to stock up on food and hygiene items for the near future or to use the money for immediate needs. Another benefit is that they don’t have to go to a bank every month or wait for cash to be delivered to their homes.  

Beneficiaries can choose whether they wish to receive the money into their bank account or to have it delivered from the post office to their home. The bank transfer has the advantage that people can access their money even if they are in other regions in Ukraine. Delivery by post ensures that elderly people and people with disabilities also receive the money.

With the start of the new school year in September 2022, the Ukrainian government is trying to close some of the collective shelters and return to using the buildings for their original function as schools or nurseries. For particularly vulnerable families who have to move out of community centres but cannot return to their home region, their rent will be paid for an initial period of three months.

Distribution of food and hygiene products in Ukrainian-governed areas


In 2022, 45,000 families were provided with food parcels. These include non-perishable staples such as buckwheat, pasta, sunflower oil, sugar, oatmeal, rice, tea, and canned meat.
The additional supply of approximately 13,500 hygiene kits is primarily intended for people with special needs. For example, the supply goes to people with disabilities and bedridden people who need nappies.

Distribution of food kits and water in the occupied territories


HADC, the ASB’s local partner organisation, distributes food, water in plastic bottles, candles, and matches to people in the occupied territories. The distributions must be flexibly adapted to the security situation at the respective time. In the period April to June 2022, for example, they were able to distribute 8,000 sets in Mariupol.

Psychosocial support


The Ukrainian Samaritan Federation (SSU) provided psychosocial support, for example in social centres, at schools, but also at the homes of those in need. In addition, teachers are trained in psychosocial support techniques. People with reduced mobility and people with disabilities are also offered individual psychosocial support services at home. In particular, children with disabilities and their parents need psychosocial support, as many of them could not be evacuated to safer places during the active phase of the war.

Winter aid


This component of the project supports people with winter aid. This means either supplying them directly with solid fuels such as coal or briquettes, or providing them with cash so that they can buy heating fuels themselves. Often, locals can buy fuel at a lower price and faster than aid organisations. Whether people receive cash or heating fuel directly is decided according to the market conditions and the preference of the local people concerned.

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Video on the emergency relief in Ukraine:

The ASB’s emergency relief in Ukraine continues. Over 18,000 people affected by the war have been helped over the last three months with much-needed food parcels. In addition, ASB Ukraine, with its partner, the Ukrainian Education Platform (UEP), was able to supply 9,000 households with hygiene packages in regions particularly severely affected by the war. This has enabled us to help people for whom access to food or hygiene products was made difficult due to missile attacks.


How the ASB is helping along the line of contact

Click here to read the story of the villager Halyna Mykolaivnas, who was provided with fuel by the ASB in Troitske.