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Ukraine: Repairing damage and opening up future prospects in the forgotten conflict area


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Since the outbreak of the crisis, more than 1.6 million people fled from the embattled areas in the East of the country. More than 40.000 IDPs are seeking refuge In the cities Toretsk and Volnovakha. Experts are concerned that the number will increase during the next months. Due to a lack of state subsidy and the progressively destroyed infrastructure, the situation of the refugees and the local residents is becoming worse.
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Currently, the Corona prevention is in the focus of our activities. In total, arche noVa supports 29 educational institutions along the conflict line in the Donetsk region with a hygiene project. Almost 5,800 school and kindergarten children as well as 1,100 teachers, educators and cleaning staff, among them many internally displaced persons, are to be protected against the spread of the virus in educational institutions.

2016 - 2019: A look back at reconstruction aid in eastern Ukraine

The aim of arche noVa's relief activities in Eastern Ukraine has always been to create sustainable perspectives for the local people. For this purpose, arche noVa realised different support projects since the beginning of the engagement in winter 2016 until the handover to the local NGO "New Way". Here is an overview.

Verbesserung der Wasserinfrastruktur in der Ost-Ukraine

The ongoing war has destroyed much of the infrastructure. Schools and hospitals have been targets of attacks or cannot be maintained due to the dangerous security situation. The water and sanitation systems are no longer reliable, and in some places no water comes out of the pipes. arche noVa has been in operation in eastern Ukraine since 2016 and is helping people to rebuild.

arche noVa renovates water pipes and school toilets

We are creating the conditions for a reasonably normal life, for children to be able to go to school and for basic health care to be guaranteed. For example for regular school lessons: arche noVa renovates school toilets, repairs water pipes and drinking water treatment plants, also in kindergartens, hospitals and rural health stations.

In the village of Triokiszbenka, bullets had hit the school's water tower. Nothing worked any more. But repairing it at a lofty height would have been too dangerous. Public buildings are always in the crosshairs of the conflicting parties. Our local team looked for an alternative and finally built a water tank including a pipe system in the basement. Furthermore, arche noVa conducted hygiene trainings so that the population could adapt to the special water and sanitation situation in the conflict area.

Warmth for the winter

Winters in eastern Ukraine are long and cold. Part of our programme was therefore also winter aid. We supported the people in the war zone by repairing and installing heaters and boilers, mainly in schools and hospital wards, so that operations could continue. When necessary, we also distributed heating oil and coal.

Free coaching for a career start

Our "Life Skill Programme" was developed to offer young people in the conflict-affected region a perspective. Because their future is often uncertain. It is aimed at students between 15 and 19 years of age and is implemented in 16 vocational schools in the Donetsk region. After regular classes, the young people sit together regularly to learn all the things that are needed in addition to the actual vocational training in order to become successfully employed. How do I write a job application? What does teamwork mean? How do I make my point?  The teachers are trained for this by arche noVa. They receive a fee for the lessons.

Support for civil society on the ground

Aid for internally displaced persons and the population left behind in the conflict area is often provided by small local civil society initiatives. In order to support, professionalise and consolidate their commitment, arche noVa conducted workshops for this target group on the topics of project management, monitoring and evaluation.

Project Overview

  • Halt the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic and reduce morbidity and mortality in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine.
  • Pupils, kindergarten children and teachers can better protect themselves against infection with the Corona virus, as they have better knowledge about the disease and access to the necessary protective material.
  • Schools and day-care centres develop operational plans for dealing with Corona infections in the institution.


Target Group
Pupils, teaching staff and cleaners at educational institutions in eastern Ukraine, local residents as well as internally displaced people
  • Distribution of information material on Covid-19
  • Training on hygiene practices and corona prevention for teachers
  • Distribution of hygiene kits with cleaning materials to local educational institutions
  • Preparation of individual emergency plans and cleaning and disinfection protocols for schools and day-care centres


October 2020 - February 2021
Co-operation partners
  • New Way