Contribution to the UNICEF Ukraine and Moldova Programme 2023-2024
This project aims at supporting children, women and their families affected by the war in Ukraine through the provision of emergency protection and welfare services.
With the Austrian contribution, UNICEF aims to
1) Provide support to vulnerable Ukrainian and Moldovan children and their caregivers in the area of child protection with a specific focus on mental health and psycho-social support as well as gender-based violence (GBV) through safe spaces and protection services
2) Provide protection, assistance and referral services for unaccompanied and separated children, including temporary accommodation, placement in foster families, family tracing and reunification.
3) Raise awareness on Child Protection and GBV risks and services to prevent Violence Against Children and GBV.
4) Strengthen national and local technical capacities to effectively deliver Child Protection and GBV services.
Through Austria's contribution of EUR 4,000,000, UNICEF is able to directly reach 63.230 vulnerable children and their caregivers with protection and welfare services in Ukraine and Moldova.
Location: Ukraine nation-wide, with specific support expected to target Kharkiv and Volyn oblasts; Moldova: nation-wide
- Provision of child protection services through social services institutions, the network of Blue Dots, child friendly and adolescent spaces, women spaces and community centers
- Identification, alternative care and family reunification for unaccompanied and separated children, including support to registration for temporary protection
- Provision of mental health and psycho-social support and response services
- Community-based prevention interventions and raising awareness to address the harmful social norms that perpetuate violence against children and GBV
- Provision of comprehensive medical and legal services for survivors of GBV
- Trainings for frontline and social workers, child protection specialists on best interest determination, child welfare system, child protection and GBV case management
- Support to municipalities to ensure that quality services are available during the humanitarian phase of the emergency
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, millions of children have been displaced, separated from their families, or exposed to various social protection risks, including physical harm, injuries and death due to unexploded mines, airstrikes, and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. These factors have disrupted essential services such as schools, hospitals, and social service provision, putting children at even more at risk. Many displaced children have no home to return to, while families struggle due to the lack of support services for their recovery and resilience. This further exacerbates the crisis and results in severe emotional distress and long-term impacts on the children’s mental and psychosocial well-being.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, nearly 800,000 people have fled to the Republic of Moldova from Ukraine, of which around 110,000 refugees are currently still in the country. The majority of Ukrainian refugees in Moldova are women and children. Most of the displaced people are residing in private accommodation within host communities and continue to require humanitarian assistance. Besides the war in Ukraine, an increase in energy and food prices as well as the prolonged consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic are continuously posing protection and welfare risks for children and their families of both refugees and host communities in Moldova.