“In July, IOM launched the second round of multipurpose cash transfer support to IDPs in the Kharkiv region thanks to an additional 1 mln EUR provided by the European Union through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and 400,000 EUR in co-funding from the Government of Norway, says IOM.
Elderly people aged 75 and older, families with three or more children, single parents, and people with the 1st and 2nd groups of disability who are unfit for work, are going to receive unconditional cash assistance of UAH 1,000 per person this summer. The EU, Norway and IOM aim to support a total of 9,500 people with this assistance,” as stated by IOM on the official website.
Kharkiv region was chosen for its proximity to the conflict zone and the large number of IDPs registered there (180,000 displaced persons).
In autumn, another round of cash support will be conducted. With an additional 1 mln EUR provided by Germany, IOM will be able to target another 6,500 vulnerable IDPs currently staying in nine regions of Ukraine: Vinnytsya, Poltava, Sumy, Odesa, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr.
“Displacement continues and IDPs are still facing harsh living conditions. It is important for us that IDPs will be able to independently determine priorities for spending the funds, be it buying school supplies for children, purchasing medicine, clothes or anything else essential for the each individual family,”says IOM Ukraine’s Chief of Mission Manfred Profazi.