Year of humanitarian drives: infographics

August 22 marks exactly one year when the first humanitarian aid drive from the Rinat Akhmetov Centre “Help+Aid” headed to Donbass. During this time the Centre has organised 86 convoys for residents and displaced people in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 57,500 tons of products have been delivered during a year.

The first column was sent on August 22, 2014 from Dnipropetrovsk to Mariupol. It was composed of 60 trucks with food, baby kits and hygiene products. Since then, the aid from the Centre “Help+Aid” has become systematic, with 500,000 people receiving it monthly.

In Mariupol and Donetsk, there are two logistics centres, which receive humanitarian aid several times a week and form survival kits. From Donetsk, they are delivered to 32 stationary points of distribution that are located in 17 places of the territory that is not controlled by Ukraine. From Mariupol, the aid is sent to more than 70 points of distribution for people and residents on the contact line.

Mobile teams deliver aid to remote villages across the Donetsk region. This solution allows to support the maximum number of people in places, where there is no possibility to open a permanent humanitarian point.

During the year, delivery mechanisms have been changed several times, volunteer battalions didn’t allow convoys to pass, columns had to be stopped because of the shelling. For example, routes to Donetsk were changed three times. Despite this, the Humanitarian Centre continues delivering aid to Donbas residents, overcoming all the obstacles.

- During the year of sending columns, we have covered more than a million kilometres. Our longest trip lasted 50 hours, when we managed to pass through the checkpoint in Artyomovsk at a ninth attempt and after two a 2-week break we delivered aid to people, - said Oleksandr Vishnyakov, head of the Rinat Akhmetov Centre’s “Humanitarian Aid”. – Now it takes 15 hours for a column consisting of 10-20 vehicles to get to Donetsk. Together with the international humanitarian mission staff there have been developed a common schedule of crossing the line of contact in Volnovakha. It allows to deliver aid four times a week and maintain the necessary supply kits in stock. During a month, we deliver about 500,000 survival kits for adults and children.

On Friday, August 21, another column headed to Donbas. It will deliver 30 thousand sets of humanitarian aid. In total, the Rinat Akhmetov Centre volunteers distributed 4,100,000 survival kits for adults and 299,000 for kids on both sides of the line of contact.