Polish charity sets up new aid projects in Donbas

The Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) has launched new aid projects in Donbas, western Ukraine, to support, among other people, victims of unexploded bombs, PAP was told by a charity representative on Wednesday.

Anna Duda, from PAH, told PAP that 16,000 square kilometers were mined around the demarcation line in Donbas, but also around the cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, where fighting had taken place.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Donbas in 2014, as a result of the setting off of unexploded devices, more than 1,700 people have been injured, including around 130 children. Over 560 people have died, including over 40 children.

The PAH project provides psychological, legal and social assistance for the victims of explosions and for their families. It also includes financial support for the rehabilitation of such people, the purchase of rehabilitation equipment, and the adaptation of homes to the special needs of people with disabilities.

Another PAH initiative will concern support amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of epidemic, PAH has donated hygiene and food parcels to several thousand people in the most isolated villages around the endangered areas. The next sets will be transferred to around 2,700 people in need.

According to PAH, the new charity project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides for additional equipment for Social Psychological Service Centres in the Donetsk Oblast, whose workers help the elderly and the lonely, for example, by shopping, cleaning or cooking for them. The facilities will receive, among other assistance, rehabilitation equipment, crutches, walkers, hand-operated elevators and personal protective equipment.