Rinat Akhmetov Centre distributed 500,000 food sets to children in Donbas

As of March 2, 2016, the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre has distributed 500,204 children's food sets. The aid is intended for the families with children under the age of 35 months residing in the uncontrolled territories and on the contact line, as well as for the displaced persons in peaceful settlements of Donbas.

- Providing the maximum aid to the most needy and vulnerable people, especially children – such is the philosophy of Rinat Akhmetov and the Humanitarian Centre. Children suffer the most from the war, displaced children and little kids in the uncontrolled territories alike. This figure, 500,000 distributed children’s sets, have helped a huge number of kids who are really in need of assistance, and the efforts made by the Humanitarian Centre to help families with children survive in the circumstances of hostilities, economic blockade and social insecurity, – says the Centre Coordinator Rimma Fil.

Humanitarian aid in the form of food is the biggest programme of the Centre. Every 35 days, about 30 thousand families with kids receive food sets. 85% of them reside in the uncontrolled territories, being in dire need of humanitarian food assistance. The children's sets are most in demand in the cities and towns such as Donetsk, Makiyivka, Horlivka, Yenakiyeve, Shakhtarsk, Khartsyzsk, Komsomolskyi, Mariupol, Torez, Yasynuvata, as well as in the ‘grey zone’ settlements.

Since early 2016, the mobile teams of volunteers have been distributing children’s food sets not only in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas, but also in the peaceful area, as well as in the ‘grey zone’.

- Last year, the mobile care teams for distributing aid became one of the priorities of the Humanitarian Centre. We have seen how much in demand is the assistance in remote towns and villages. The smaller the town and more affected by the war, the more families are in need there. It is terrible to see how many people need the conventional food items, – stressed Rimma Fil.

According to the coordinator, the humanitarian food assistance by the Rinat Akhmetov Centre has been provided not only to the kids aged 35 months, but also to the youngsters aged under 18, who are welfare beneficiaries: people with disabilities, orphans coming from large and low-income families. Over the period of operation of the Rinat Akhmetov Centre, 140,715 families with children have received survival kits.