Ukraine Crisis Response

Since March 2022, Plan International has been responding to the Ukraine Crisis. Focusing first on refugees in Moldova, Poland and Romania, we are now working inside Ukraine, in partnership with local civil society organisations.

Given the long-term impact of this crisis and the added value of our gender, age and inclusive approaches, we are establishing a strategy of programming and influencing beyond the refugee crisis response.

Our goal in all countries is to continue to deepen our support to local organisations as they lead the response and beyond.

We will focus on several priority areas in which Plan International can add value and offer expertise:

Child protection

Plan International aims to continue the efforts in strengthening child protection systems and to reinforce leadership and representation expertise of its partners to ensure girls and boys and youth affected by the crisis, including those from host communities, are protected from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and their families have support to prevent negative coping mechanisms.

This includes activities such as the provision of mobile child protection teams, with trained psychologists and social workers, the identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated minors and other vulnerable children, and the provision of cash and voucher or food assistance to support families to meet their basic needs. 

This also includes training to public workers, such as border staff, teachers and other frontline workers, as well as all Plan International staff, partner staff on safeguarding and prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse to ensure this is imbedded throughout the response.

Mental health and psychosocial support

Girls, boys and youth, their families and frontline workers all have access to psychosocial support, such as psychological first aid, art therapy, group or individual counselling as well as referrals to more specialised services to boost their resilience and coping strategies.

Education

Ensuring girls, boys and youth affected by the crisis have access to safe, inclusive and quality education through the provision of tablets and computers for online learning, support with registration and learning materials for in person learning, as well as repairs and refurbishment to damaged schools to ensure they provide the right, protective environment for learning.

Gender-transformative crisis response

It is well recognised that crises affect people differently, exacerbating pre-existing vulnerabilities, including those related to an individual’s age, gender, sexuality, ability, background and social status. As a girls’ rights organisation, Plan International and our partners will put girls at the heart of our work in the region.

We aim to increasing women and girls’ participation in decision-making, and support our partners in their own gender-transformative work to tackle discriminatory behaviour and harmful social norms.

Accountability to host communities

We recognise the importance of listening to affected communities and encourage their input into the humanitarian response. We have a duty to amplify the voices of marginalised groups eg. children, adolescents, women, people with disabilities, older people, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our response will be guided by two-way communication with both refugee and host communities.

Learn more about our crisis response in these four countries:

Jacket, Coat, Clothing

​​​​​We work alongside Ukraine’s civil society organisations focusing on internally displaced persons, those returning to the country and communities in the newly accessible areas of Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Kherson Oblasts.

Hat, Clothing, Coat

Plan International has been working in Romania since February 2022 to support the government and partner organisations in responding to the arrival of refugees from Ukraine. 

Bench, Furniture, Portrait

Plan International started operating in Moldova in March 2022 to support the Government, the UN and humanitarian partners in responding to the arrival of refugees from Ukraine.  

Hound, Canine, Pet

Plan International began operating in Poland in 2022 to respond to the unprecedented scale of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and the associated needs of children and their families.  

Sven Coppens, Director of Plan International's Crisis Response.

Key contacts: Sven Coppens, Director of Plan International’s Ukraine Crisis Response

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