Emergency Preparedness & Response
Since 2014, People in Need has been one of the leading humanitarian organizations in eastern Ukraine. From the first days of the military conflict, PIN employees began to provide assistance to the affected population. PIN provides support in the following sectors:
Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs)
Qualified PIN employees continue to provide assistance in repairing damaged private houses, as well as social institutions (such as schools, FAPs, kindergartens, hospitals, places of residence for IDPs). Since the beginning of the conflict, PIN implemented winterization programs by providing solid fuel and warm clothing, as well as cash assistance. One of the most common types of assistance remains replacing damaged windows in private houses and apartments. All of these types of assistance have helped the most vulnerable to live in decent living conditions that have been disrupted by the fighting.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
One of the main sectors in which PIN is one of the key representative of the humanitarian community in Ukraine is WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Having started with distributing water directly to affected communities, PIN is now reconstructing water supply and sanitary systems to secure access to water for the most severely damaged towns along the contact line. Assistance is provided in the restoration of damaged sections of water pipelines, replacement of networks, pumping equipment, drilling and cleaning of wells. The provision of different types of hygiene kits, including for people with special needs, helped to meet the basic needs of the beneficiaries. Personal hygiene awareness activities helped to ensure that the risks of infection are reduced. All these actions helped people living in the conflict zone to gain access to drinking water and personal hygiene items.
One of the most essential needs covered by PIN programs remains food security. In the situation compounded by the economic impact of the conflict, PIN has been actively involved in meeting these needs through interventions such as food packages, food vouchers and financial support. PIN provides significant support to the affected population, especially those living in the 0-5 km zone on both sides of the contact line.
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, PIN became one of the first organizations to develop the emergency response plan and did not interrupt assistance provision. PIN disseminates information on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and provides hygiene kits for risk groups and social institutions. In addition, a wide educational program was carried out, which informed the population about the ways of spreading the virus and about methods of preventing the spread.
PIN coordinates its activities with other humanitarian organizations and local authorities at different levels, and is an active member of the Clusters in Ukraine.