Olena, a chef from Luhansk, cooks 50 liters of borshch and 300 pancakes for lunch for 150 displaced persons currently staying at an IOM-supported collective centre in a village called Mayaki, or the Beacons, near Odesa.
A story of a displaced Crimean Tatar family, asssisted by IOM to start their small business.
The European Union and IOM have launched a free-of-charge hotline to provide practical information to IDPs. The hotline, operated by IOM’s implementing partner Donbas SOS, builds on the experience gained by the NGO with running a similar project.
As of early May, IOM has assisted over 47,700 vulnerable internally displaced persons in 16 regions of Ukraine. With funds from Norway, Switzerland, the U.S., UN, Germany and the EU, these people were provided with medicine, hygiene items, warm clothes, shoes and blankets, heaters, as well as legal counselling and psychological support.
The EU in cooperation with IOM has provided assistance to ensure immediate support to internally displaced persons arriving from the areas affected by the crisis in Eastern Ukraine to Kharkiv Region, which currently serves as a safe haven for over 130,000 people according to the official data.