Locals to locals – People in Need supports local non-profit organizations directly in Ukraine – Ukraine

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People in Need was one of the first organizations to respond immediately to the outbreak of war. We immediately started organizing urgent material help. In addition to providing assistance at the borders and in the Czech Republic, we have identified the need to respond quickly to the proliferation of IDPs and to identify specific areas within Ukraine that lack basic needs such as water and food. PIN has established cooperation with local organizations in contact with the Ukrainian government and has efficiently transported aid to the most vulnerable people – and we will continue to do so for as long as necessary. Currently, it is not easy to get certain goods like power banks, sleeping bags, fuel, etc. directly in Ukraine. Due to the lack of much-needed relief supplies, international support for local organizations is essential.

How does the direct financial support in Ukraine look like?

To receive financial support from PIN, local organizations must meet certain criteria, such as: B. logistics and human resources, and whether the support provided is consistent with PIN policies. The amount of the donation depends on local needs and the organization’s capacity to ensure the transport and distribution of relief supplies.

Supporting local people is an essential part of our work. PIN works long-term to contribute through local associations to the development of an active civil society and mutual support of local people. PIN financially supports organizations that provide material assistance in regions where fighting is taking place. Food parcels, water, baby food and hygiene items are distributed here. However, we often assist local organizations in sourcing shelters and the equipment needed to run those shelters. Funding is also being provided to local civil society organizations (CSOs) that organized collective housing for internally displaced people in Ukraine after the invasion. These shelters provide much-needed safe places where people can stay for several days, rest and seek psychological help.

They used to have to leave their homes alone, but now they are helping others in need DOM4824 is one of the organizations that PIN supports financially. It is an association of people who fled Donetsk in 2014. Until recently, DOM4824 has supported social entrepreneurship, promoted women’s rights and promoted arts initiatives in the space they rented from a local business. After the invasion, their activities changed dramatically, and now they offer their places to internally displaced people from regions where fighting is still ongoing. People in Need has provided financial support to the organization to finance the operation and rent for two months. We’ve stocked the center’s facilities with washers and dryers, fire extinguishers and microwaves.

The STAN organization was also initially active in eastern Ukraine. In 2014 it moved from Luhansk to the west and began to organize development programs for the local population in addition to artistic activities. Today, employees and volunteers help directly at the station – in the search for emergency accommodation, with administration, with the provision of food and water. STAN has used PIN funds to support five community centers for internally displaced people in the Carpathian region.

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