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Rinat Akhmetov is not going to stop helping Donbas


The Humanitarian Center is planning to deliver 600,000 food packages to Donbas till the end of 2015. Today it was mentioned during the briefing at Ukrainsky Novyny information agency by Rimma Fil, the Humanitarian Center's Coordinator.

"As for all the rumours about forthcoming completion of the Humanitarian Center's mission, we declare that Rinat Akhmetov is not going to stop helping people as long as they need this help. Our sociological researches and a great number of calls coming to out hotline are proving that people’s requirement in assistance hasn't decreased. That is why all our projects aimed at food, targeted and psychological assistance keep on functioning, with regard to the basic needs of the most vulnerable categories of Donbas civilians", – Rimma Fil assured.

To provide a reserve of food packages in logistic centres and all issuing points in the first weeks of 2016, the Humanitarian Center is planning to increase the intensity of humanitarian aid delivery to non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in December. This is due to the possible congestion at the checkpoints on the threshold of New Year holidays.

To perform these goals Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center is planning to purchase 11,000 tons of food products of domestic manufacture to form and issue more than 600,000 survival kits.

"Some of our suppliers put these plans at threat of disruption by delaying delivery terms. Now it is especially relevant and relates to purchasing the large batches of pasta, – Rimma Fil noted. – But the Center is ready for this challenge – we conduct electronic tenders and looking for new suppliers. We are also looking for possible option to replace cereals and pasta in our food packages.

In addition to humanitarian food aid, in 2016 the mobile teams of the Humanitarian Center's volunteers will be delivering household chemicals to the most remote villages. Over five months of their operation, the mobile volunteers visited more than 180 villages, settlements and small towns on both sides of the contact line, having detected an urgent requirement of local residents in washing detergents, shampoo, soap and other hygienic products. According to the Humanitarian Center's Coordinator, it is important for assistance to be relevant and demanded, that's why the Humanitarian Center sees the delivery and issuance of hygienic products to remote settlements and villages of Donbas as one of the most perspective directions for 2016.

"The Humanitarian Center keeps on working. Of course, we look into the future and hope that the wartime projects will be replaced by peacetime programs. But today we would like to emphasize that Rinat Akhmetov will be helping his fellow countrymen as long as they need it", – Rimma Fil summarized.

Over the whole period of its operation, since August 2014, Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center issued 5,257,000 survival kits for adults and 381,000 children packages on both sides of the contact line.