It has been over one year since the EU, in partnership with BGK (Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego) – the Polish Development Bank and Solidarity Fund PL, has been providing emergency aid to Ukraine.
During the past year, the project reached 253 municipalities in 24 regions, supported communities and citizens, including internally displaced people, by providing medical aid, helping to overcome the energy crisis, improving their food security and fire safety.
Food Security And Non-food Items
From April 2022, the team of Solidarity Fund Poland has delivered to Ukrainian local communities 700 tons of long shelf life food, first aid kits, hygiene products, and other essentials. All items were procured and handed over taking into account the individual needs of each recipient.
Support Ukraine’s emergency health needs
Thanks to the European Union funding, 25 ambulances fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, defibrillators, portable ventilators, ultrasound machines, and ECG machines were donated to 43 hospitals from July till November in the following regions of Ukraine: Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Sumy, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Kyiv.
In early 2023, a modern CT scanner was put into service at the Zhytomyr Regional Clinical Hospital by Solidarity Fund Poland.
Fire safety of Ukrainian local communities
Local volunteer firefighting services are improving security as there is increased risk of fires due to unpredictable military activity. Thanks to the European Union funding, 70 communities in Ukraine’s 17 regions received firefighting equipment for their local or volunteer fire departments to help them react more quickly to fires, protect citizens’ lives and prevent property damage.
The total cost of delivered goods is about 24 million hryvnias (over 660 000 euros).
Aid for overcoming the energy crisis
Winterisation and assistance aimed at overcoming the energy crisis became the project’s primary focus in the winter months when Ukrainians faced additional hardships linked to frequent blackouts and serious interruptions to the heat and water supply. The project delivered generators, oven-stoves, portable beds, and warm clothes.
As a result – 102 communities ensured continuous work of kindergartens, schools, hospitals, youth centers, municipal enterprises, pumping stations, and other social infrastructure.
Currently, the project goes on to address assistance where it’s most needed.