In Ukraine, decentralization reform and the creation of newly consolidated municipalities have opened a unique window of opportunity for the creation and expansion of a network of social services at the local level. Such services will significantly enhance social cohesion and resilience and reduce tensions among host communities and IDPs. That is why the Public Association “Ukrainian Child Rights Network” on July 25, 2019 launched a new project “Social Infrastructure for Internally Displaced Families” (Jointly. Social Services for Families in the Community), created to ensure that these community-based social services will continue to be supported.
The project is implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a Consortium of partner organizations with the financial support of the German government and the German Development Bank (KfW).
The Consortium, led by the Ukrainian Child Rights Network, includes the following non-governmental organizations: Mariupol Youth Union, Hope and Homes for Children, Partnership “For Every Child”, SOS Children’s Villages and Social Synergy.
The project involves 12 communities of Luhansk (Troitske, Bilokurakine, Chmyrivka, Bilovodsk, Novopskov) and Donetsk (Mariupol, Sartana, Druzhkivka, Mykolayivka, Bakhmut, Soledar, Siversk) regions. Its goal is to help communities organize quality social services for families in difficult life circumstances.
The project has two main goals:
- Strengthening Social Cohesion – building awareness and awareness of the importance of providing social services on behalf of the community to its residents
- Strengthening the continuum of social services – that is, their continuous provision in the space-time perspective.
The project will help communities to organize quality social services:
- families in difficult life circumstances,
- IDP families,
- low-income families,
- families raising a child with a disability,
- families affected by violence,
- families in which the child may be placed in an institutional care facility