Over 150 thousand Ukrainians get help from the Adventists’ social projects
At the end of 2017, the annual meeting of the leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was held in Kyiv – it discussed the results of work of organization's divisions in 2017, as well as the activities and plans for 2018. In particular, the activity of the Adventist Agency for Development and Assistance (ADRA) in Ukraine was highlighted, reports Religion in Ukraine citing the Seventh-day Adventists’ website.
In 2017, the Adventist Agency for Assistance and Development (ADRA) completed ten projects: repairs of damaged homes and psychosocial assistance in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, which lasted from February 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017 and embraced 53,071 people; emergency relief in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Help 150 victims of explosions in the warehouse in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region from October 16 to November 16. The “Hands of Hope” project covered 209 people and lasted from November 14, 2016 to September 15, 2017.
The cataract eradication surgeries were carried out in 32 patients in August-October 2017. From January to April, ADRA supported 4063 people in the health sector and vulnerable groups affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Distribution of grocery sets along the line of demarcation in February covered 29,164 people; aid to 105 families with damaged homes in Balaklia from April 25 to May 25; aid to Luhansk energy association from April to June, repair of damaged buildings, psychosocial and financial assistance to 3960 people. Within the framework of the completed ten projects,
around 100,000 people in need of assistance were covered.
ADRA plans to create a team of experts (staff training, capacity development) for the next 5 years, develop new projects, develop skills and abilities in existing and new sectors of work, identify and implement conflict-of-interest policies, procurement, protection, security of travel, use of the Internet, protecting children, anti-corruption policy, strategically use current partnerships to build new, diversify funding sources (especially local ones), actively collaborate with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ukraine. The project covers and plans to reach out to more than 150 thousand people who need help.