Ukraine war: how money donated to the DEC appeal is being used

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There was a huge amount of support and donations from the British public to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. Huw Owen of the Disasters Emergency Committee explains how the money will be used



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Darla is a fencing student and sports master from Livov, Ukraine. She sits at the makeshift refugee aid station at the border crossing in Medyka, eastern Poland (Photo: DEC)

It was perhaps inevitable that as the fourth deadly month of conflict in Ukraine progressed, our collective attention waned and we all tended to go numb in the face of repeated exposure to such grim news and our sense that this conflict is far from over where there is only so much we can do to help.

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However, we also know that many readers of Mazic News.com, and so many others across the UK, have a deep concern for the millions of Ukrainians whose lives are threatened by this violence and are determined to do everything in their power to do something about it to change.

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This incredible show of confidence in our humanitarian coalition brings with it a great responsibility to deliver a comprehensive and complex response in the months and years to come as the needs of people affected by the conflict change.

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Movement of Ukrainians on the border with Romania called Vama Siret (Photo: DEC)

This work is well under way and the 13 of the 15 DEC affiliates in Ukraine and across its borders in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova have now taken a wide range of actions.

One of the great strengths of the DEC’s long-standing coalition is the shared expertise and flexible funding that allows our affiliates to adapt how they work with local community organizations to provide what’s needed, where and when it’s needed most.

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How your money is used in Ukraine

With hospitals and general health services in Ukraine overwhelmed, more than a quarter of the funds released in this early part of the response will go toward frontline medical support, the provision of trauma and first aid kits, surgical training, a range of medicines, etc. issued vital life-saving equipment such as incubators and oxygen compressors.

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One of the most effective and dignified ways to support relocating families is to provide direct cash assistance so they can choose what best meets their immediate needs, so nearly a quarter of early funding is used in this way through a variety of secure means will approaches such as prepaid cards or digital transfers.

Millions do not have a reliable supply of clean water and need help with sanitation and hygiene – more vulnerable people need a range of additional supports to keep them safe. A network of child protection centers has been established at border locations and along transit routes to specifically assist women and children, with a strong emphasis on psychological support to help them cope with the trauma of their experiences.

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Food production has been decimated, agriculture has ground to a halt in many areas and of course supply chains have been severely disrupted. An estimated 1.8 million children under the age of five in Ukraine are already in need of nutritional support, so getting families direct with basic necessities – sugar, salt, rice, oatmeal, canned fish – or with hot meals or supermarket vouchers is a top priority.

None of this would be possible without the incredible support of so many individuals, businesses and institutions across the country who have responded so generously to the appeal.

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Crises around the world still need our support

We are very grateful for the support as DEC members continue to support the tens of millions of people still struggling to survive in other humanitarian crises around the world, mostly without our attention. Already being impacted by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19 and the rising threat of the climate emergency, the broader food shortages and economic slowdown now being driven by the ongoing Ukraine crisis are driving millions more into extreme hunger.

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Our members are still working vigorously in Afghanistan to feed millions of children and their families at risk of starvation following the unprecedented economic collapse that gripped the country following last summer’s regime change.

A man hugs his daughter and granddaughter after they cross the border from Shehyni in Ukraine to Medyka in Poland

Our own experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and our growing awareness of the threat posed by the climate emergency contribute to a better understanding of our global vulnerability and interdependence.

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These “3 Cs”—the combined impacts of conflict, Covid, and climate—are placing increasing demands on DEC members and the broader humanitarian community around the world. We sincerely hope that the generosity shown to the people of Ukraine will be sustained and extended to many more people whose lives are at risk around the world now and in the future.

Support people fleeing the devastating conflict in Ukraine: donate to the DEC appeal

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Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) charities and their local partners are present in Ukraine and neighboring countries, providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance. Learn more and donate what you can today

You can also donate to the DEC appeals for Afghanistan and other crises at www.dec.org.uk

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