In the response to an influx of internally displaced people who fled a military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and negative impact this violence had on households on this territory and areas now hosting IDPs, Caritas Ukraine launches a seven-month emergency program to support 6.500 people in need (IDPs, local population) in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia oblasts.
14.07.2015, Lviv oblast
1,5 years ago Caritas Ukraine launched 2 social centers on work with youth that has special needs - in Kolomyia and Boryslav. Till that time a network of centers for disabled young people united 4 specialized hubs: in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Drohobych and Stryi. Therefore, 200 families of disabled persons, their parents and relatives can benefit from centers' work on a daily basis.
For the last 13 years on the basis of its organizations in 8 oblasts of Ukraine, with help of Home Care project Caritas Ukraine provided care for over 7 thousands of lonely seniors and those who need external help. Such medical and social services were defined as a benchmark among state services, civic organizations and international experts. However, project may be under threat of closing due to lack of financial support.
In April 2014 Caritas Ukraine launched a pilot project "Wheelchairs for people with special needs". The Knights of Columbus from British Columbia Canada became an initiator and donor of this charitable initiative with the support of the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation. This helped to secure nearly 850 low-income persons with chargeless wheelchairs that are made of high quality materials and complicated construction for comfortable transportation, with adjustable step for legs and agile knee board for simplified access.
Recently Caritas Ukraine forwarded over 285 tons of German and Polish humanitarian assistance to Zaporizhia, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk. Such aid includes packages with food and hygiene means for nearly 6800 IDPs from German government and for almost 4300 persons - from Polish government.