Survivors of violence will not only be able to quickly get to a place where they are safe from abusers, but also receive psychological support that will help them get their lives back on track.
Manhush, Donetsk Oblast, December 14, 2021 – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have opened, with national partners, a new shelter for survivors of violence in Manhush, in the oblast from Donetsk.
The newly opened shelter is designed to be a 24/7 safe place for people facing various forms of domestic and gender-based violence. Here, they will be able to protect themselves from offenders and benefit from full support, social assistance and legal aid from qualified specialists. A mobile unit will work alongside the shelter, move around to respond to cases of violence and, if necessary, transfer people facing violence to the shelter.
ai Andrzej Bolesta, director of the United Nations recovery and peacebuilding program, said the new shelter opened in Manhush will help people receive immediate help and support when seeking a safe place to escape. violence.
“We, together with our sister United Nations agencies and national and international partners, are doing all we can to address domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, as well as other forms of violence, in eastern Ukraine.” , Bolesta said.
“This is an important development for eastern Ukraine, as survivors of violence may not always have unhindered and adequate access to services, due to the armed conflict and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are convinced that this refuge will become a beacon of hope for those who have been trapped in difficult circumstances, and that thanks to the services offered, they will finally be able to live without fear.
The major overhaul of the shelter building included fully equipping rooms for survivors of the violence and offices for staff. All renovations have been carried out in accordance with the principles of inclusiveness so that the premises are fully accessible to all, leaving no one behind.
UNFPA project specialist Olga Tsuprykova expressed hope that the shelter would become a center for skilled assistance to survivors of violence, covering not only one community but the entire Mariupol district, as well as in future neighboring communities in other districts.
“This year, in Donetsk oblast, a mechanism was tested to purchase accommodation services between communities in Pokrovsk district,” Tsuprykova said. “Subject to the relevant agreements, the communities of Sartan, Kalchytsia and Nikolska are now able to redirect survivors of violence from their communities to the new refuge in the Azov region, where they will have a safe place to live. and will benefit from a full range of quality services. “
Deputy Head of Donetsk Oblast State Administration Yuliia Kostiunina thanked the United Nations partners for many years of successful cooperation and partnership.
“Opening the shelter is the key to protecting and supporting survivors of domestic and gender-based violence,” Kostiunina. “This shows that the joint actions of international organizations and local authorities can build an equally accessible system of important social services for the population.”
The address of the shelter is withheld to ensure the safety of survivors of violence and staff.
The total project budget for opening the shelter was US $ 97,004 (UAH 2,609,412.50), of which US $ 72,840.61 (UAH 1,959,412.50) were funds allocated by UNDP, and US $ 14,869.89 (UAH 400,000) were UNFPA funds, and US $ 9,294 (UAH 250,000) were Manhush Village Council funds.
The shelter for survivors of violence was opened within the framework of the “Mariupol Youth Union” project, implemented by the NGO in partnership with Manhush Village Council within the framework of the United Nations Program for the recovery and consolidation of peace, with the financial support of Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. The UK provided financial support for the joint project with UNFPA.
The United Nations Peacebuilding and Recovery Program (UN RPP) is implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for the Peace Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Population Fund. (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Twelve international partners are supporting the program: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United States Embassy in Ukraine and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan , the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. .
Vlada Soloviova, Communications Officer, United Nations Peacebuilding and Recovery Program, [email protected], +380 95 529 4240.