The FINANCIAL — The EU has provided €500,000 to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve water, sanitation and the hygiene situation of conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine.
Through this joint initiative, over 36,000 children and adults will benefit from hygiene supplies and will receive access to safe drinking water in government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to EU Neighbourhood Info.
In addition, UNICEF and the EU will rehabilitate water and sanitation facilities in 20 conflict-affected schools and collective centres for internally displaced people. Ukraine’s water companies will be supported for minor repair of water supply lines and pumping stations to enable improved quality of water in the conflict-affected areas.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to impact the life of children. At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 182 injured since March last year, and over 1.3 million people, including 173,000 children, have been internally displaced in Ukraine.