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CORE is on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Romania, supporting critical needs of refugees and IDPs.
Emergency Relief | 2022-now
The war in Ukraine brought on by a Russian invasion in February 2022 has created the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. The conflict has forced millions from their homes. Many have fled Ukraine for neighboring countries, in search of safety, the majority of whom have crossed into Poland. Millions more are displaced within Ukraine.
The resulting humanitarian needs are dire and widespread. Damage to residential areas has significantly crippled civilian infrastructure in many areas within Ukraine, and many of those who have fled the country have been forced to leave behind most of their possessions. This has created an urgent need for a variety of basic necessities, including food, medication, and hygiene items.
Many displaced individuals also desperately need access to safe shelter as well as cash to support themselves as they attempt to resettle away from their homes. Additional support measures, including protection and mental health services, are also in great need.
How is CORE helping in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania?
CORE’s teams are working with international and local partners to support the critical needs of refugees in Poland and Romania and IDPs within Ukraine. Our response is focused on:
> Providing flexible cash assistance to help refugee families get access to essential items, such as food, water, and safe transit to shelter (Read more: CORE’s partnership with Mastercard)
> Supporting community-based refugee shelters with staffing and supplies to sustain and scale their crucial operations
> Distributing hygiene kits with soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, and other essential hygiene items
> Sending essential resources to collective shelters in Ukraine, including food, hygiene products, and baby supplies
> Supporting mental wellness and protection services for refugees, particularly women and children
How is CORE supporting long-term relief in Ukraine?
In addition to ongoing emergency relief, CORE is working on longer-term support measures for those most in need in Ukraine. We are supporting local community organizations and governments to renovate and improve living conditions and create more longer-term shelter solutions for IDPs in Ukraine, which particularly is critical in preparation for the cold-weather months.
warm garments and blankets being distributed during the winter