Over 5.5 million survival kits from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center have been received by Donbas residents
Over 1.5 years of its operation Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center issued 5,560,000 survival kits for adult civilians in Donbas on both sides of the contact line. 65% of beneficiaries are elderly people over 65 years old, where 8,500 people are older than 90. This was announced during the briefing in "Ukrainski Novyny" information agency by the Humanitarian Center's Coordinator Rimma Fil.
The volume of 5.5 million can be compared to the population of three Southern regions of Ukraine: Odesa, Mykolaiv and Vinnytsia. In fact, Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center managed to build a unique mechanism for humanitarian aid provision. The processes of procurement, delivery and issuance of food are smooth-running and well-organized during the months of work.
"People receiving our humanitarian aid are the low-income individuals, who lived in difficult conditions back in the peacetime. And during the war this aid is really saving human lives. More than 20,000 Donbas residents receive the Humanitarian Center's aid every day. We are working on both sides of the contact line, and most importantly, in the "grey zone". Humanitarian aid of other missions often does not reach these settlements, no state institutions are working there, and people really are on the verge of survival", – Rimma Fil says.
Altogether, the humanitarian aid from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center has been provided to civilians in more than 250 towns and settlements of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, both with fixed issuing points and the places visited by mobile volunteers. Every 35 days about half million people receive food packages from the Humanitarian Center.
"It is important for Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center to support and provide assistance to every person in need. Especially those, who cannot leave their homes. That is why the lonely elderly and disabled people from 8 towns of non-government-controlled areas, who are bedridden, have their sets home delivered. And this is what the Center's operation is being about: helping people survive here and now, during this difficult wartime", – Rimma Fil emphasized.
In November the Humanitarian Center's mobile teams issued 12,600 survival kits in the villages of Volnovakha, Marinka, Artemivsk and Novoazovsk raions and in the town of Dzerzhynsk. The volunteers made their first visits to the settlements of Hranitne and Sartana. Over six months of "mobile" volunteers' operation more than 70,000 people in remote settlements were provided with assistance.
According to the monthly results the Center delivered and formed all the planned 430,000 survival kits for adult civilians and 15,000 children packages. 14 truck convoys have been sent with more than 4,000 tons of food products. All the Humanitarian Center's issuing points have switched for winter-type food packages for adults and renewed children packages that were developed with a view of breastfeeding promotion among Donbas mothers who suffered due to the conflict.