The main project objective is: Overcoming post-conflict depression and sustainable development of local communities in the Luhansk region through the access to food and hygiene supplies, and organizing ongoing social-psychosocial work with internally displaced persons, residents and most vulnerable groups affected by the armed conflict.
The Center of Psychosocial support is established and functioning in Severodonetsk where people affected from the conflict and IDPs receive psychological and social support, legal advice, new knowledge and competence for independent improvement of the situation in their communities.
The mobile team’s work is organized to render field psychological assistance, social support, legal advice for residents of remote settlements closer to the demarcation line.
Distribution of humanitarian aid in the form of food and hygiene kits also helps IDPs, people with disabilities and families who find themselves in difficult situations in the east of Ukraine.
The volunteer can contribute to the improvement of target groups’ social and psychological condition in the Center of Psychosocial support in Severodonetsk and settlements nearby.
Providing of social and psychological adaptation in Ukraine is perceived in a specific way from the population, therefore the services include certain features to reflect this perception. Namely, individual counseling has not yet gained wide popularity. Therefore, the emphasis in the work is on the group work format:
1. Teaching skills that increase the degree of adaptation.
2. Teaching skills of self-control (control emotional state, stress level).
3. Active leisure (because for some families in the existing circumstances, it is not available, and helps restore emotional balance).
4. Development of internal communication with the target audience (as many social connections are lost and new ones are not formed, which also affects the welfare and emotional balance).
5. Creating a context to change level of adaptation.
6. Questionnaire to identify challenges / goals / emotional state of the target audience.
To achieve these objectives, a number of actions are carried out: series of workshops and support groups on social skills (how to find a job / salary increase is to rent an apartment, how to decorate the land, how to arrange a mortgage, how to use medical services, etc.), a series of courses on communication skills (conflict management, development of a network of acquaintances, basic communication skills, etc.), exercises for each workshop and a separate seminar on self-regulation. These activities are designed for the following sub-groups: teenagers, families (including children), adult mixed groups, and retired people.
Operational details & security context
Ukraine is a state in Eastern Europe. The population of Ukraine is 42 million people.
The capital of Ukraine is Kiev.
The official language is Ukrainian; Russian is widely spoken.
The climate of the whole territory of Ukraine is temperate continental.
People drive on the right-hand of the road in Ukraine. Access to all roads in Ukraine is free of charge.
Ukraine is low-risk area for international volunteers, without the risk of major natural disasters and political instability, except in the eastern region and the territory of Crimea which are affected by conflict. All the risks mentioned below are moderate and in most cases will not influence the volunteer deployment.
HRC Postup is very strict with the security of its members (employees and volunteers). We have developed several tools (security management plan, safety policy, evacuation plan) that are shared with all members to be strictly followed. The organization regularly takes part in security trainings to improve skills and develop better security rules.
The city where the volunteer will be deployed is Severodonetsk which has been secured for more than 3 years and since then the city has had a chance to develop. It is located on a peaceful territory, 35 km from the line of demarcation. Since 2014 the city has had no any military accidents or shelling, proving that Severodonetsk is safer now and does not differ from other cities of Ukraine in terms of the security of civilians. It is actually the administrative center of Luhansk oblast and its population has increased to more than 150 000 residents.
Moreover, offices of many international NGOs that implement own activities in Luhansk region (UN, ICRC, OSCE, NRC, DRC, ACF, etc.) are situated in this city.
Due to the international presence in the area of the regional administrative center, the atmosphere in the city improved economically and in terms of its social activism and NGO sector, if compared to the last 20 years.
The volunteer will not be asked to go to any unsafe place or to travel close to the front line (and will always be at least 5 km away). Travelling without HRC Postup employees outside the city will also not be allowed.
In any case, if the security situation changes, HRC Postup will not take any risks for its members and volunteers and will move them to a safe place (in Kiev or back to the country of Origin if requested).
The volunteer will gain further knowledge of the recent local security and operational context during follow up meetings, reviews and everyday communication with colleagues.