Improving the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable populations affected by the Donbass conflict
This programme provides access to food and non-food products for the most vulnerable families living along the contact line between governmental and separatist areas, as well as access to heating means for some of them.
- Funding: Centre de Crise et de Soutien
- Partner: Country of Free People
- Direct Beneficiaries: 3,016 households representing 6,636 people (based on the average number of persons per household : 2.2)
Interview with beneficiaries in Verkhniotoretske, February 2017
Photo : Stéphane Vengut / TGH ©
The follow-up of previous TGH projects confirmed that the priority of households in the buffer zone in eastern Ukraine remains the coverage of food needs. But a strong need for heating was also reported by the interviewed persons, who, because of the long duration of the winter period, mentioned it as a very important burden.
Meeting the owner of the grocery store “Gurman”, in Popasna
Photo : Camille Popkoff / TGH ©
As part of this programme, TGH distributes multi-purpose electronic coupons, using a similar methodology to that developed under the two previous programmes (money transfer system by telephone). In collaboration with eight grocery stores located in the cities of Avdeevka, Verkhniotoretske, Popasna and Kamyshevakha, already having an Internet connection and the necessary IT equipment, TGH distributes two multi-purpose coupons to targeted families in the governmental and separatist zones, covering a period of one month each. These coupons improve households’ access to food and hygiene products and allow them to save a portion of their income for other expenses. TGH thus supports both the local economy and beneficiary households.
TGH also introduced an additional allocation for the most vulnerable families (including people with disabilities and/ or suffering from chronic illness) in the form of cash coupons to be exchanged for cash with two banking operators identified upstream of the project. Monetary intervention is an arrangement that a growing number of humanitarian actors are using to assist populations living along the contact line.