Irish humanitarian aid organisation GOAL in partnership with a Kyiv-based human rights and humanitarian NGO is delivering mental health and psychological support services and legal aid services to several cities in Ukraine.
GOAL is providing over 2,000 counselling and legal advice sessions to internally displaced Ukrainians across five regions in partnership with Right to Protection in Northern Ukraine. These services are being delivered to Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava and Cherkasy oblasts* (regions) following funding of €500,000 to GOAL in May 2022 by Irish Aid to provide humanitarian intervention and aid in Ukraine.
From June to August 2022, the GOAL-Right to Protection partnership provided 830 individual sessions and 120 group sessions and 540 internally displaced people have benefitted from individual sessions and 1,000 from the group sessions. During the same three-month period, the partnership provided 1,150 individual legal advice sessions and 22 group sessions and 1,150 people have benefitted from the individual sessions and 290 from the group sessions.
The UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that over seven million people are now internally displaced in Ukraine. According to Georgina Jordan, GOAL’s Head of Emergency Response, “This confirms the overwhelming need to offer protection, psychological support and legal advice to these displaced and highly vulnerable people, in this entrenched and protracted conflict and crisis. Hence, our partnership with Right to Protection and our intent to continue to expand this programme of support.”
Jordan added that GOAL is also sourcing and delivering food, furniture, white goods and bedding to IDP shelters, for city councils in Lviv, Irpin, Fastiv and Chernihiv and “we are also sourcing generators for shelters as the tough winter approaches”.
*Ukraine’s territory is divided into 27 first-order administrative divisions, consisting of 24 oblasts (regions) as well as one autonomous republic of Crimea and two cities with special status, Kyiv and Sevastopol.
For more information and to make a donation visit Ukraine Emergency Appeal – GOAL Global