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A political and military conflict has been devastating the Eastern part of Ukraine since March 2014. Daily clashes have caused thousands of victims and resulted in the displacement of 1,6 million people. Some 600,000 people, including 100,000 children, live within 10-km of a 457-km contact line, where there is daily shelling, armed clashes and extreme levels of mine contamination.

Currently, tens of thousands of children live in areas where the sound of shootings and bombs is a part of their reality. Many of these children come from the most vulnerable rural populations in the area with the highest poverty rates in the country. Violence has forced their families to flee their homes and leave all their possessions behind. Difficulties in adapting and settling in a new environment cause many disorders like stress and anxiety among children and their families. Terre des hommes' main goal in Ukraine is to provide psychosocial support for displaced children, mainly in areas out of government control which are difficult to access but where the needs are greatest.

Our intervention

Psychosocial support for children

One of the main needs of conflict-affected and displaced children and their families is psychosocial support. Tdh provides this support by creating child-friendly spaces and training education specialists to better protect children. These spaces are set up in schools and creative centres, and Tdh fully equips them with necessary resources, such as sports materials, board games, books, stationery, furniture and multimedia. There, trained professionals carry out psychosocial activities that help children to reduce feelings of fear, isolation and depression, and to build confidence and a positive outlook on life. It also means local populations and displaced families have a place to meet and discuss, which improves their relationships.

Youth livelihood

The conflict in Ukraine has left many young people with grim prospects. In order to help them overcome difficulties and improve their livelihood, Tdh promotes the development of life skills. Tdh collaborates with vocational schools which receive laptops, projectors, screens, printers, books, board games, furniture and supplies for delivery of extracurricular activities. Local specialists who were trained by Tdh organize these activities that focus on cultivating teamwork, efficient communication, critical thinking and other life skills that also improve employment prospects for young people.

Learning and networking for child protection professionals

At the end of September 2018, Terre des hommes launched the professionals’ learning and networking platform Child Protection Hub (ChildHub) in Ukraine, making it available in two more languages – Russian and Ukrainian. It comes as a support to professionals at all levels, from frontline workers to decision-makers and academics, in addressing the difficulties faced by children in Ukraine. Currently, ChildHub brings together over 5000 child protection professionals from the region. Teachers, social workers and other specialists from Ukraine are now invited to join the community, in order to improve their work and practice and bring a positive change to the lives of children and their families.

Innovation - FabLab

In December 2018, Terre des hommes established the first Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) dedicated to youth and children. The FabLab is located in Severodonetsk, on the premises of the East-Ukrainian National University “Volodymyr Dal” and is open to students, school groups and any interested person from the Luhansk Oblast. In this innovative environment of creation, children and youth affected by the conflict will work together, develop their skills and materialize their own ideas in almost any field, from education to art and science. Terre des hommes (Tdh) initiated the FabLab in Severodonetsk in order to give children and youth the opportunity to access modern technology and to develop their social and professional skills in a creative environment.

Results 2015-2018

  • More than 35,000 children and youth have benefited from psychosocial support since March 2015.
  • 117 child-friendly spaces created and fully equipped with books, games, stationary, sport and IT equipment, and furniture.
  • About 1,200 local education and protection specialists improved knowledge and practices in psychosocial support for children affected by conflict.