Estonia is allocating half a million euros to improve the situation of internally displaced people and conflict victims in Ukraine.
Estonia is supporting the expansion of NGO Mondo’s digital capabilities programme to the schools in Ukraine’s crisis-affected regions and the provision of psychosocial assistance to the crisis victims in the Luhansk Oblast. The project aims at reducing the education gap in the crisis-affected region and help reduce the emotional distress of internally displaced people in Ukraine and the residents of Luhansk Oblast. The support amounts to €177 994.
Estonia allocates funds to the Estonian Refugee Council to provide humanitarian aid to settlements near the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Under the project, children affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine will be supported with school supplies and school preparation subsidies, and households of vulnerable groups near the line of contact will receive assistance for preparing for winter and agricultural subsidies in the spring. Elderly people living near the frontline will also be supported with essential sanitary products. Estonia is allocating €175 258 to the Estonian Refugee Council.
The third objective supported by Estonia is the project of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre to secure contemporary furnishings and fittings for 16 schools and children’s facilities in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The support amounts to €150 000.
“Ukraine has been a priority country in Estonia’s development cooperation since 2006. We will continue to support Ukraine to help people who have suffered the most in the conflict, which is already in its seventh year. In an increasingly complicated situation it is crucial to help children and vulnerable people living in conflict areas, which is why these issues are at the focus of the projects that received support,” Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said.
This year, Estonia plans to support Ukraine with a total of €2.4 million, with €1.4 million earmarked for bilateral development cooperation and €1 million for bilateral humanitarian assistance. The budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs includes €11.6 million for development cooperation and humanitarian aid activities of Estonia and Ukraine between 2020 and 2023.