Baskets for Ukrainian IDPs
When a population is faced with insecurity and a conflict situation, NGOs play a key role in disseminating information about the reality on the ground, thanks to teams which operate on the field.
Mercy Hands Europe was founded by the biggest Iraqi NGO (Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid) which is a major local expert in Emergency Response and Recovery in Iraq. We have learned from their experience working with them in Iraq. In 2020 we extended the emergency response also to other countries, such as Syria.
Now, our top priority is Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, the situation within the country has deteriorated considerably due to the launch of military operations on Ukrainian territory, leading to the internal and external displacement of several million people.
Mobilising resources and raising awareness is essential to help the Ukrainian people to protect their rights. We have assessed the camps, in different locations throughout Ukraine, made publications on our social networks, including testimonies, we have written articles, raised awareness, to reach out the response of Switzerland and the international community to this humanitarian crisis.
We are now partnering with different organizations in the field and we are continuously scaling up our response.
Cash-Based Intervention (CBI) for the Earthquake-affected people
Provision of relief cash assistance to displaced households and survivors of the earthquake in Syria during wintertime
in emergency situations giving cash to people affected by crises has increasingly shown to be a more effective, efficient, and dignified means of providing vulnerable people with humanitarian assistance. “It gives people the dignity, choice, and self-determination to make their own decisions on how to prepare, prioritize, and take care of their families in times of crisis.” ( Quote from @Care International). Moreover, “Cash-based interventions make the displaced less likely to resort to harmful coping strategies, such as survival sex, child labor, family separation, and forced marriage”.(Quote from @UNHCR). Cash-based mechanisms contribute to a faster revival of the local economy.