Rinat Akhmetov is not going to stop providing aid to Donbas

Until the end of the year 2015, the Humanitarian Centre plan to deliver at least 600 thousand food sets to Donbas. The Centre’s coordinator Rimma Fil has announced the above at a briefing today.

- In response to all the rumours about the nearing completion of the mission, the Humanitarian Centre want to state that Rinat Akhmetov is not going to stop providing aid for as long as people need it. Our case studies and a flurry of calls to the hotline imply that the need for assistance has not decreased. Therefore, all our projects aimed at providing food, targeted and psychological assistance have been going on with the basic needs of the most vulnerable groups of civilians in Donbas taken into account, - assured Rimma Fil.

To ensure the supply of food sets at all distribution points in January 2016, as early as this December the Centre will raise the frequency of delivering humanitarian aid to the territories in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts which are beyond the control of the Ukrainian authorities. This will be done due to the likely congestion at the crossing points ahead of the New Year holidays.

To perform the set tasks, the Rinat Akhmetov Centre has planned to buy in the nearest future 11 thousand tonnes of domestic food products to form and distribute more than 600 thousand survival kits to people.

- Some suppliers put these plans in jeopardy by delaying delivery times. In particular, it is now especially true of purchasing large batches of pasta, - pointed out Rimma Fil. – But the Centre is ready for such a challenge - we conduct online auctions, looking for new suppliers. We are also considering options for replacing the pasta and cereals in the food sets.

In addition to the food aid, in 2016 the Centre’s mobile volunteer teams will deliver household products to the most remote settlements. Over the five months of operation, the mobile volunteers have visited more than 180 villages, settlements and towns on both sides of the line of contact, identifying urgent need of the local residents for powdered detergents, shampoos, soaps and other personal care products. It is vital that the assistance provided be relevant and in demand, so the Centre regard the shipping and delivery of personal hygiene items to the remote settlements of Donbas as one of the most promising activities for the year 2016.

- The Centre continues to operate. Of course, we look ahead and hope that wartime projects will change for the peacetime ones. Though today, we once again want to stress that Rinat Akhmetov will help on his fellow citizens for as long as it is necessary, - summed up Rimma Fil.

Over the entire operation period, since August 2014, the Rinat Akhmetov Centre has distributed 5,257,000 adult and 381,000 child food sets either side of the contact line.