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“Donbas and Civilians”: the most assistance to civilians of Donbas is provided by the Rinat Akhmetov Center


According to a survey conducted by KIIS (Kyiv International Institute of Sociology), the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center provides the most assistance to the civilians of Donbas. It was confirmed by 51.7% of respondents in Ukraine and 60.7% of respondents in Donbas.

These data were made public at the reporting event “Donbas and Civilians” of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and Center on April 17 in Kyiv.

“The main goal of the Center, which has been working for more than 3.5 years, is to help as many people as possible, and to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Donbas. This task was set by Rinat Akhmetov from the first days of hostilities. The Center became the most powerful charitable and humanitarian organization in the country. Over the period of its work, more than a million people have been saved,” Roman Rubchenko, Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation said. “The Center will continue the work of existing targeted assistance projects that help children, people in need of treatment and operations, and much more.”

The Humanitarian Center, which is the largest program of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, has been sending motor transport columns with food products to Donbas, regularly issuing medications to seriously ill children, helping with operations, saving injured children and helping them undergo rehabilitation. These projects will continue in 2018.

Within the event, a photo book “Donbas and Civilians” was presented, the leading characters of which were civilians suffered in a result of hostilities in Donbas.

“This book is about war and civilians. About burnt houses and charred hopes. About those who suffered because of bullets, mines, fragments during this war. First of all, it’s about the children who suffered so much from this war. And it's about those who lend a helping hand, no matter what... It's a document. It is an every day, every minute reminder to all of us that civilians are dying and suffering in the war in the center of Europe in the 21st century. That they need help. That they themselves cannot cope with such a tragedy. No one can cope alone. This document does not allow forgetting that during the war indifference kills in the same way as the weapons do. Children and adults from the pages of the book are heroes and rightfully co-authors of the photo book “Donbas and Civilians”. Without their courage, the book would be about hopelessness. And with them, it is about the will power, about the struggle for the future. About how important support is. And at the same time, about how ugly and ruthless the war is,” Natalia Yemchenko, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, Director of Public Relations and Communications of SCM said.

The guests of the event were children, who against fate and severe wounds, have survived and refuted the doctors’ disappointing forecasts. The lives of these children were saved thanks to the help of the Humanitarian Center.

The event was attended by representatives of government bodies, international organizations and embassies, Ukrainian charitable foundations, civil society, as well as leading experts in the field of sociology.

The participants discussed the key needs of Donbas and the importance of coordination between representatives of international and Ukrainian organizations. And in the end of the event, adults lined up to take autographs from the children-heroes of the book “Donbas and Civilians” and the main characters of today’s event.

The main figures of the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center, the largest humanitarian mission in Ukraine since August 2014*:

  • 1,159,165 people received assistance from the Humanitarian Center.
  • 12,000,294 food packages were issued to Donbas residents.
  • More than 50,000 people received targeted assistance.
    Over 10 thousand people received targeted assistance for treatment; more than 5 thousand of them were children.
  • 55,923 adults and children received psychological support.
  • About 3,500 children improved health and were on summer vacations.
  • 39,462 people were evacuated, 14,784 of them were children.
  • 930,575 calls were received by the hotline and the Online Help service.

Five facts about the Humanitarian Center work:

  • Over a million human lives were saved thanks to the help of the Humanitarian Center.
  • 12,000,294 food packages – the volume of humanitarian aid is comparable to the population of 11 regions: Zhytomyr, Cherkasy, Rivne, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Ternopil, Kherson, Chernihiv, Volyn, Kirovohrad and Chernivtsi.
  • 131,000 tons of humanitarian aid delivered to Donbas by the Rinat Akhmetov Center would fit in 524 Mriya aircrafts.
  • The path of 2.5 million kilometers, which was overcame by the trucks of motor columns of the Humanitarian Center during the year, would allow to go around the globe for 62 times.
  • 6,560 vehicles were sent to Donbas for three and a half years of work of the Center; if to put all vehicles with humanitarian aid in a row, the obtained line will be able to connect Donetsk and Sloviansk.

The work of the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center in 2018

The Humanitarian Center continues providing assistance to the population in the front-line zone and in the “red zone”, that is, settlements, where assistance is still in a huge need. Mobile delivery teams deliver food packages to 85 settlements of Donbas, where inhabitants are in dire need of food.

Thanks to the “Medications for Children” Project, seriously ill children continue regularly receiving life-saving medications.

The “Healthy Heart” Project is currently working. In 2018, children with heart disease from 4 regions of Ukraine will receive help from the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center for operations on installing an occluder, an implant that closes the defect. The operations are performed by the endovascular method, without chest incision, after which a child can quickly recover and forget about the diagnosis forever.

In 2018, more than 30 boys and girls will take part in the “Rehabilitation of Injured Children” Project. They will be able to undergo treatment in the best sanatoriums of Ukraine.

The Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center plans to recover health of over 500 children in the summer of 2018. Thanks to the project called “Peaceful Summer for Donbas Children”, children can not only have a rest, but also get psychological help to overcome the consequences of the war-time trauma.

*Data as of February 9, 2018.

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