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Ukraine emergency aid: This is what happens with the donations from the workforc

Ukraine emergency aid: This is what happens with the donations from the workforce

This is what the UN refugee aid specifically spends the money on.

The Volkswagen Group workforce has already donated €1.2 million to the UN Refugee Agency to support people in Ukraine. The non-governmental organization is the German partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which handles the distribution of donations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

Facts about UNHCR aid in Ukraine:

  • UNHCR has been active in Ukraine since 1994.
  • It is represented by 115 staff in 6 offices throughout the country.
  • UNHCR coordinates the relief effort with partners at local and regional levels to support countries of refuge in their assistance to refugees from Ukraine.
  • UNHCR has representations in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Romania, the Russian Federation, and also covers Moldova and Slovakia - additional staff are being added.
UNHCR's Ukrainian NGO partner, NEEKA, is providing food parcels, bottled water and clothing to people in the western Ukrainian towns of Chop and Uzhhorod in the Transcarpathian region near the border with Hungary and Slovakia.

In Ukraine, one of UNHCR's main focuses is assisting people in eastern Ukraine. UNHCR is also helping to establish reception centers for internally displaced persons and providing essential relief supplies, food, water, and protection services wherever possible. In western Ukraine, UNHCR is assisting with the establishment of a reception center for up to 2,000 people in the city of Uzhhorod and is considering additional sites for four reception centers in Lviv. In southern Ukraine, the refugee agency is distributing food and blankets through partners at the Odessa train station and has locally sourced food in stock at a warehouse in Mykolayiv for delivery to Kherson as soon as the security situation allows.

UNHCR staff prepare to help refugees from Ukraine at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova. From there, they will be transferred to Romania.

In Moldova, UNHCR maintains a mobile field presence and monitors the protection of people in the 93 shelter centers. It has also set up a storage facility for several thousand family tents and winterization packs, which are expected to arrive from UNHCR stockpiles in the coming days. UNHCR partners supported the so-called multi-purpose cash program, including registration, operation of a service hotline, production of communication materials, appointment of community liaison officers, and establishment of referral and accountability mechanisms. UNHCR partners are also stationed at three sites at the Palanca and Tudora border crossings to provide transport, protection monitoring, vulnerability assessment, and counseling.

Refugees from Ukraine receive support, information, hot drinks, food and water from Polish volunteers and local authorities at Przemysl train station in eastern Poland.

In Poland, UNHCR has also launched a multi-purpose cash program, initially supporting vulnerable Ukrainian families in Warsaw and Lublin, with plans to expand to other cities. UNHCR also supports reception centers run by local authorities and volunteers by identifying priority needs, distributing information materials, and ensuring monitoring of protection.

In Romania, UNHCR partners are present at all major border crossings and eight transit centers, providing advice on the asylum process and needs assessment. UNHCR and its partners have established the Help.unhcr.org website and receive and respond to several hundred calls daily requesting information on protection and services. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) support the daily transfer of refugees from Moldova to Romania as part of a responsibility-sharing process agreed upon by the governments of Moldova and Romania.

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