Select your website

Relief and early recovery

Protection – Dorcas social workers attended a number of locations in the eastern regions of Ukraine reaching vulnerable adults and kids with its protection and psychosocial programs. Professional psychologists were invited to facilitate the discussions on stress and other related issues that are so relevant to these people because of the conflict. In 2016 Dorcas cooperated with Right to Protection and DRC who provided legal support during such meetings. Representatives of the local government invited Dorcas to come again with its programs as they have a big impact both on adults and children. Currently Dorcas plans to implement case management approach into its projects in order to be more effective at the east of Ukraine.

Multipurpose cash (MPC) – the most vulnerable conflict-affected people in Donetsk (GCA), Kharkov and Zaporozhye regions received MPC transfers in the amounts according to the provisional guidelines of the UN Cash Working Group. People were able to cover their basic needs, such us: food and NFI purchase, rent and utilities payments, medical treatments etc. Dorcas colaborated with Help Age International (for the elderly lying people in Donetsk region) and City Aid Center (for contact line residents) to provide timely assistance. The rest locations Dorcas covered with its own personnel.

Food security – Dorcas distributes food parcels among  people who live in the buffer zone and among IDPs in government-controlled areas (GCA), such as Kiev, Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye regions. At the beginning of the conflict in 2014-2015 Dorcas was supporting social canteens in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Shelter/NFI – due to the local partners Dorcas was able to do middle repairs of the damaged houses because of the shelling and bombs and to provide wood/coal for the winter period for those living in buffer zone.

Start-up grants – as a part of early recovery projects Dorcas provided start-up mini grants for business. Before the conflict a lot of people were able to have their own small businesses; they had necessary equipment and materials. As they had to run from the shelling most of the items were left that caused problems with earning money at the safe territories where people found shelters. So Dorcas provided such people the opportunities to come back to their usual ways of earning for living due to grants to purchase the equipment, materials and other necessary items to work with. Other people started brand new mini businesses. The following work opportunities were created: quail mini farms, mushrooms and seasonal flowers greenhouses, photoshop services, manicure services etc.

Capacity building – Dorcas arranged trainings, facilitated by the professional trainers from the Netherlands, such as “Psychological First Aid (PFA), Acute Stress and PTSD, Grief, Depression, Psychosis, Harmful Use of Alcohol and Drugs”, “Project management cycle” etc. The trainings were arranged to strengthen the partners cooperation within consortium and to equip psychologists and community workers in recognizing mental health conditions and psychosocial problems, and to give them the tools to provide care and support within their (limited) possibilities in order to strengthen individuals and communities.

If you want to support one of these projects, please go to Donate page.

Together we can make a difference!