Overview of Estonian Refugee Council on May 19
- Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia and Council of Europe Development Bank support group counseling and other activities in Estonia.
- We handed out 4600 sleeping bags in Zaporizhia, Chernihiv and Mykolaiv oblasts.
- We are part of the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI), under which we help the humanitarian sector maintain a consistent overview of how and where in Ukraine markets are operating and we expanded our area of responsibility to Kharkiv oblast.
Humanitarian aid in Ukraine
What we are doing?
- Implementing multi-purpose cash assistance so people can decide themselves what they need the most. As of now, we have supported 29 282 households (ca. 88 000 people). In total, we have mediated aroud 13,4 million euros cash based support (Estonian donors + WFP + OCHA). The support allowance is 2220 UAH (= about 70 EUR) per household member. At the moment, we are able to support an average of 600-1000 households a day.
- We opened a separate application platform for multi-purpose cash assistance in Ukraine: https://register.pagulasabi.ee/
- Our on-site call center in Ukraine serves approximately 1 500 people per day, advising and sharing information on support options, pre-selecting our own multi-purpose cash assistance and referring people to other programs as needed.
- Supporting hospitals in Eastern Ukraine with medical supplies, food and other necessities (e.g. generators).
- Handed out blankets, 4600 sleeping bags and other essentials to the people in bomb shelters and temporary accommodation.
- We are part of the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI), under which we help the humanitarian sector maintain a consistent overview of how and where in Ukraine markets are operating, whether and how fast basic necessities prices are rising, and so on. Our area of responsibility are the Zaporizhia and Kharkiv oblasts.
On the map: Estonian Refugee Aid cash-based intervention areas in Ukraine. Source: OCHA
In addition to the support of Estonian donors, we also carry out cash-based assistance with international partners:
- With the World Food Programme (WFP) we support 60 500 people in the Kiev, Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts with multi-purpose cash assistance.
- With the funding from the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) we will within three months provide cash-based assistance in total to 12 000 people in the Zaporizhia and Donetsk oblasts.
- With the funding of International Rescue Committee (IRC) 21 000 people in Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kiev, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions will receive 3-month cash support.
Supporting war refugees in Estonia
What we are doing?
- The Estonian Refugee Council’s counselling center in Tallinn (Liivalaia 28) continues to counsel both refugees and their loved ones every workday. An information hotline is open for Ukrainian refugees and people helping them: +372 5881 1311 (every day from 10 am to 5 pm); also e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We mediate accomondation offers from our database. Of all the offers, we have already mediated around 900 households. Upload your accommodations to special Kinnisvara24 portal.
- We have started various group counselling’s for Ukrainians on four different topics: adaptation, field of work, digital skills and supporting a child's adaptation. Already eight digital skills, six adaptation and six child's adaptation workshops have taken place in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Rakvere, Narva and Tapa and almost 140 Ukrainian refugees have participated.
- We offer support groups led by psychotherapists. To register for the group, call the Tallinn Psychological Crisis Center on 631 4300 (Mon-Fri 9-19, Sat 10-15).
- We started paying school support. Currently 1290 applications have been received and support has been paid to 849 applications and 1120 children, in total of 56 000 euros. The remaining applications are under data review and verification is underway.
- Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia support with 1 million USD and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with 200 000 euros group counceling and other activities in Estonia.
Donations and use of donations
- Around 5,15 million euros has accumulated in donations for the Refugee Council, including targeted donations made for organizing evacuations and donations for activities in Estonia. Of this, 2,1 million euros has already been spent on giving humanitarian aid in Ukraine and 555 000 euros on evacuations. We have paid out school supports in the total amount of 56 000 euros. About other activities in Estonia, we provide an overview of the use of donations once a month.
We make transfers to our Ukrainian bank account in instalments (500 000 euros each), to minimize financial risks. We constantly keep at least a week’s expenses worth of prepayment and a crisis reserve in our Ukrainian bank account (e.g. if the situation changes so that our local coworkers have to evacuate Zaporizhia). Estonian Refugee Council’s administrative costs are about 3000 euros per month (office rent, utilities, telephones, internet, etc.). These costs are covered by various projects, we don’t cover them with donations.
All our financial reports are audited annually. If you want more detailed information, please send an inquiry to email@example.com.
- More about school support
- More about group counselling
- How the money from Estonian donors helps to save lives in Ukraine
- Eero Janson: People in Ukraine need money, not things
- How we organized evacuations for over a month
- Story about Estonian woman who opened her home to refugees
- More about the cooperation with the World Food Programme (WFP)
Estonian Refugee Council is a non-profit association founded in 2000 and operating in the public interest, with the aim of standing up for the rights and well-being of refugees in Estonia and abroad. Estonian Refugee Council is a humanitarian aid organization certified by the European Union. In Eastern Ukraine, Refugee Council has been providing humanitarian aid since 2014.