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Natalya Yemchenko: «We would really like to move from survival issues to the issues of life»


During the press briefing today Natalya Yemchenko, the Supervisory Board member at Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center and Director of Public Relations and Communications at SCM, mentioned that the focus of work of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center would not change any time soon. The Humanitarian Center will keep on helping those civilians, who require humanitarian assistance the most and belong to the most vulnerable categories: these are elderly and disabled people, children across the contact line and along the front line, and IDPs from Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

"A year ago there was no system-wide help that we were expecting to see from the state or the large humanitarian missions, that is why we had no reasons to wait that our problems would be solved by someone else. Over the year Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center has become the leader of humanitarian assistance in the East of Ukraine. From the beginning we were focused on two things: to help as many people as possible; to help those, who need it the most and who is not getting help from anyone else. This focus is not changing", – Natalya Yemchenko emphasized.

"We would really like to take the next step and move from survival issues to the issues of life. Not help to survive, but to help to live, – Natalya Yemchenko expresses her hopes. – But as long as we have those people who need our help to survive, this will be our main focus. We will continue providing assistance related to survival".

For the next three months Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center will be delivering survival kits for civilians, finding a comprehensive solution to the problem with medications delivery across the contact line and providing targeted and psychological assistance. "It would be great if during our next briefing we already discussed the development programs", –Natalya Yemchenko concluded.