Ukraine

Since March 2014, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has claimed thousands of lives and has led to more than 1.6 million people being displaced. Currently, tens of thousands of children live in areas where the sound of shootings and bombs is a part of their reality. Many children find it difficult to cope with this situation and suffer from stress and anxiety. Terre des hommes (Tdh) provides psychosocial support and creates child-friendly spaces for them. We also train local professionals.

What we do

Child Protection : Psychosocial support

One of the main needs of conflict-affected and displaced children and their families is psychosocial support. We provide this support by creating child-friendly spaces and training education specialists to better protect children. These spaces are set up in schools and creative centres, and we fully equip them with resources such as sport material, board games, books, stationery, furniture and multimedia. There, trained professionals carry out psychosocial activities that help children to reduce feelings of fear, isolation and depression, and to build confidence and a positive outlook on life. It also means local populations and displaced families have a place to meet and discuss, which improves their relationship.

Child Protection: Youth livelihood

The conflict in Ukraine has left many young people with grim prospects. In order to help them to overcome difficulties and improve their livelihood, we promote and support the development of life skills. We collaborate with vocational schools which receive laptops, projectors, screens, printers, books, board games, furniture and supplies for delivery of extracurricular activities. Local specialists who were trained by Tdh organise these activities that focus on cultivating teamwork and other life skills that also improve employment prospects for young people . In this context, a FabLab opened its doors in Eastern Ukraine in 2018, where children and youth come in contact with modern technologies that help them to explore their creativity and develop interest and skills.

Before the conflict, Pavlo was good in school and loved athletics. But during the first months with his new classmates, he felt lonely and aggressive and could not play sports. Until the day his teacher invited him to the “ludoteka”.

Pavlo, child refugee in Ukraine

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Terre des hommes in Ukraine

Beneficiaries in 2018

 

9176 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

1 / 21

Budget 2019

 

CHF 504,439

 

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Timeline

2015
Terre des hommes starts its humanitarian aid mission in Ukraine, which included direct material (such as food parcels or direct cash support) and psychosocial support to families.
2017
The work in Ukraine transfers from humanitarian aid intervention to development.
2018
Tdh sets up child-friendly spaces and supports psychosocial activities in schools.
2018
A FabLab was established to encourage innovation and creativity by use of digital technologies.

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