As conflict in Ukraine escalates, UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response inside the country — while also racing to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable children and families on the move as they stream into neighboring countries. The escalating conflict continues to pose an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children.
UNICEF is mobilizing emergency support for children and families fleeing Ukraine
While working around the clock to scale-up humanitarian relief efforts in the hardest-hit areas inside Ukraine, UNICEF teams are also working alongside UNHCR and other partners to mobilize support for children and families who have fled the country to escape the violence.
UNICEF and partners plan to set up 26 'Blue Dot' safe spaces in Ukraine border countries
UNICEF's response outside of Ukraine includes setting up 'Blue Dot' centers at border entry points and other strategic locations to support the delivery of emergency services to vulnerable families. Blue Dots, a concept that originated during the refugee crisis of 2015-2016, are organized in close coordination with national and local authorities, and in collaboration with UNHCR and other protection partners.
From these Blue Dot hubs, UNICEF can provide information to traveling families, psychosocial support and referrals to social workers and health services. They also facilitate family tracing and reunification efforts for children who have become separated from their family during their journey.
Each support hub has capacity to serve 3,000 to 5,000 people per day
UNICEF plans to set up 26 Blue Dots — each with the capacity to support 3,000 to 5,000 people per day, per location — in Moldova, Romania, Belarus, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic.
UNICEF has issued an emergency appeal to help fund its relief operations in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Help UNICEF save and protect the most vulnerable.
At BIS Houston we recognize the need to help UNICEF save and protect children caught in Ukraine's escalating crisis. Children are the least responsible for war in Ukraine, but they suffer most from its consequences. Donations will help UNICEF ensure that children caught in the crossfire of the Ukraine crisis have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection and so much more!
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