Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center
Implementation years: 2014-2020
In 2014, the Foundation's largest program — the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center — was created to help residents of Donbass who were affected by the armed conflict. Until the winter of 2017, the Humanitarian Center worked on both sides of the contact line. On 28 February 2018, the assistance the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center provided in the non-government controlled territory was put on hold and later banned at all. Over 500,000 people could not receive assistance any more.
Since 2014, civilians residing in the conflict area have received about 12.5 million survival kits, that is, more than 134,000 tons of food products. Over 6,700 fully loaded trucks were required for simultaneous transportation. Lined up in a column, they would stretch for almost 100 kilometres. In total, about 3.5 million people received humanitarian assistance from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.
At the beginning of 2020, Ukraine and other countries faced an unprecedented threat – a new coronavirus pandemic. Due to the inability to deliver the food assistance due to quarantine restrictions in order to reduce risk of infection for both beneficiaries and volunteers, the Foundation suspended the delivery of food assistance.
For the last five years, all Foundation's resources have been directed on helping Donbass civilians who have suffered from the armed conflict. In 2020, the Foundation expanded its support to the entire country and forwarded its resources to help all residents of Ukraine, without any exception, in order to protect them from the threat of the epidemic and enable them to receive high-quality medical care.