Heavy conflict in Ukraine threatens the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across the country. The violence has destroyed homes, torn families apart and damaged essential services. Many lives have already been lost.
Hundreds of thousands are trapped in conflict areas, cut off from food, clean drinking water, electricity and health services. More than 2 million people have fled the country in the past days. The UN projects that millions more will be displaced from their homes by escalating violence.
Acute Joint Response Ukraine
The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) initiated an Acute Joint Response in Ukraine to provide immediate humanitarian relief to victims of the conflict and support communities that host displaced people. The Joint Response, led by Dorcas in cooperation with Cordaid and Save the Children, works with local partners in Ukraine to deliver urgent support such as food parcels, nonfood items for shelters, clean drinking water, hygiene kits to those affected, focusing in particular on the areas in and around Poltava, Ternopil, Kyiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Transcarpathia and Zaporishya.
In the next 6 months, the DRA will improve shelters for displaced people by providing mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies. The DRA offers psychosocial support and mental healthcare to help victims deal with stress and trauma resulting from the conflict. Support to marginalised people, such as people with a disability, older persons, pregnant women, children and vulnerable families is central to the response.
Flexible, immediate response
The DRA is able to respond rapidly to the crisis in Ukraine due to the DRA partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which provides direct funding for Joint Responses. Humanitarian support is delivered by DRA members together with local organisations in Ukraine.
About the Dutch Relief Alliance
The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is a coalition of 14 Dutch aid organisations in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The DRA partners are: CARE Nederland; Cordaid; Dorcas; Oxfam Novib; Plan International; Help a Child; Save the Children; SOS Children’s Villages The Netherlands; Stichting Vluchteling; Tearfund NL; Terre des Hommes; War Child; World Vision; and ZOA. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BZ) partners with the DRA by funding Joint Responses.
17 March 2022