News from Ukraine: Australia Embassy launches Direct Aid Program to support IDPs in Ukraine

16:29 Aug. 10, 2016

Australia Embassy launches Direct Aid Program to support IDPs in Ukraine

Refugee Svetlana Panteleyeva cries as she holds her grandson Egor, in a dormitory, after being displaced due to shelling, in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 13, 2014 (AP Photo)

Over 1.7 million people have lost their homes in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country 

The Australian Embassy in Ukraine launches a grant programme to support projects on improving the situation with internally displaced people in Ukraine.

"The Australian Embassy in Kyiv launches the Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 2016-2017 and invite community groups, NGOs and private sector organizations that seek funding to support development activities at a local level in Ukraine", the Astralian Embassy states.

The program supports collaborative projects that involved beneficiaries to identify, design and manage.

The DAP projects are usually implemented within a relatively short time (no longer than 1.5 years) at a budget of about USD 45,000.

In Ukraine, a priority will be given to the projects striving to improve the situation of internally displaced persons, especially women and children, according to the Embassy. 

"Australia's Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme supporting development activities in approximately 45 countries. The Australian Embassy in Kyiv manages the program in Ukraine", the Embassy officials report

Read also Ukraine ranks fourth in IDP report, following Yemen, Syria and Iraq

In 2015-16, the Australian Embassy in Kyiv supported the following four DAP projects in Ukraine, which provided financial support to:  

1. Empower Internally Displaced Women economically and improve their livelihood security by practical training courses in Drohobych, Lviv region

2. Provide basic needs assistance to conflict affected housekeeping women (85 IDP families) living in government controlled Ukrainian territories – Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhya region.

3. Improve the quality of the diagnostic of the paediatric patients with leukaemia and other mortal blood diseases.

4. Implement one the most effective listening program therapies in the work with children with behavioural disabilities, at the Dzherelo Children's Rehabilitation Centre, Lviv region.

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