Launch of Special Project "Help Ukraine"
Mobile Centre for Medical, psychological and Social Help, to help Internally displaced People, seeking refuge in remote villages;MC: Mrs. Mitty TOHMA, European Vice-President of WFWP, President of WFWP UK
Mrs. Tohma announces the presentation of a special project that is going to be launched at this conference and introduces Mrs. Anna Kalmatskaya, who is going to present it.
Mrs. Tohma had visited the Ukraine a view times herself; she shares about the encounter with refugees and IDP at an WFWP event. One lady especially she will never forget, how her face was etched in pain, and her whole body still shivering as she just had lost every one of her family. She was almost unable to talk. A center for social and psychological rehabilitation is so essential!
Mrs. Tohma then introduces Mrs. Anna Kalmatskaya.
Mrs. Anna KALMATSKAYA, Vice-President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace of Ukraine
Referring to WFWP-Ukraine’s extensive experience since 2014 and more intensely since February 2022, Mrs. Kalmatskaya thanked European partners for their generous support for ongoing activities, which have included humanitarian aid distribution to 100 IDPs and evacuation assistance to 50 families.
Regarding WFWP members, she mentioned that although the majority had become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs), their activities had not ceased. For example, Mrs. Tatjana Kotseba, President WFWP Ukraine and mother of five, remains in Kyiv despite hostilities.
As their work has increased substantially since the outbreak of the war, Mrs. Kalmatskaya presented details of their new project. This consists of a mobile team, providing humanitarian, medical and psychological relief to approximately 100 families that had fled the frontlines to small villages, now surviving in difficult conditions. Many are traumatized and require psychosocial support and some families have elderly and disabled members. They lack access to information on legal or social assistance, are in financial need and cannot apply for status as IDPs.
A register is kept by Ministry of Veteran Affairs of the Kyiv-Svyatoshin Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation in Boyarka, the cooperating partner of WFWP since 2014.
A full description of the project is available at WFWP chapters.