The war in Ukraine has a devastating impact on 7.5 million Ukrainian children: of these, 3.2 million are displaced in the country and 2.7 million are refugees in neighboring countries. Pr. By May 1, 545 child victims had been verified: 226 killed and 319 injured (OHCHR data), but the real number is likely to be much higher.
Children in Ukraine and refugee children in neighboring countries need protection and to resume their education. 2.2 million Ukrainian children need protection services, 3.3 million need help with education and 3 million need financial support.
Following the escalation of the war, UNICEF in Ukraine increased its staff on the ground to 186 people. UNICEF also continues its interventions in Ukraine to protect children, including:
• 21 mobile rapid reaction teams are currently operational in six regions (Lvivska, Zakarpatska, Vinnytska, Dniprovska, Rivnenska, Chernivetska). 1,287 people (including 398 children) benefited from face-to-face mental health and psychosocial support, 1,311 people benefited from legal advice, and 2,835 people were reached by social work services.
• 265,900 children have benefited from learning interventions with materials provided by UNICEF, and more than 66,000 children have been placed in formal or non-formal education. UNICEF has distributed toddler development kits, recreation kits and school kits that have benefited at least 12,262 children in the Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk and Dnipro regions.
• Child Helpline, a free national service supported by UNICEF that offers online counseling for children, carers and young people. On average, the helpline receives 1,000 calls a week. Among the calls received in recent weeks: 34% concerned the provision of information on internal displacement and evacuation issues; 21% concerned children’s mental health and psychosocial well-being; and 4% concerned unaccompanied and separated children. More than 54% of calls were diverted to social protection centers for families, children and young people, the police, free legal aid and mental health providers and NGOs.
• Since February 24, 31,467 children and caregivers have been joined by mental health and psychosocial support, and 12,036 have benefited from specialized services through casework and guidance services. A total of 4,051 women and children were reached by UNICEF-supported gender-based violence prevention, risk reduction and response services.
• On 15 April, UNICEF began making payments to beneficiaries of the humanitarian aid program in cash. A total of 534 families with disabled children or with three or more children (approximately 2,838 people) were reached with cash benefits throughout Ukraine. Nearly 130,000 families across Ukraine have signed up to receive UNICEF humanitarian cash assistance. UNICEF will continue to evaluate and validate beneficiary data to identify other families who meet the eligibility requirements.
Statement Unicef Provincial President of Trapani Domenica Gaglio “Unicef Scuola has prepared two other educational support tools to support the delicate moment involving educational institutions in our country, in addition to Kit” classmates: ideas and suggestions to welcome girls and boys to school already divided, the suggestions in the didactic kit and in the narrative contributions of different authors are dedicated to reflection on conflict situations of different kinds and strategies for solution and peace. Unfortunately, a reflection on these topics is extremely topical “.
• This is the link to the reflection download: 1649403891-schools-friends-of-peace.pdf (datacms-assets.com)
• Here the link: Peace-free all | UNICEF Italy