MTOT AND THE EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND HAVE AGREED TO START THREE NEW PROJECTS
Significant event took place today in cooperation between the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine and the Government of the Swiss Confederation, and three new projects were launched
The first project, targeted at assistance for people affected by mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) hazards will be launched in Ukraine. The project will ensure effective cooperation, which will be implemented at three levels. The first level is national and international, which will outline the approaches to assistance, analyze the most common needs of civilians affected by mine and ERW hazards for further planning of targeted programs. The second level is the involvement of the public sector; in the project, it will be presented by NGO «Proliska», which will directly interact with affected people.And the third level is the population of Ukraine, residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts who have been affected by mines and explosives, and who will receive assistance. Affected people will be able to seek compensation for the cost of medical care, psychological rehabilitation, vocational retraining and other forms of assistance that will help to recover the body's disturbed functions.
Unfortunately, there is, as for now no targeted assistance program in our country for people affected by mines, but this initiative can be a good start for other partners who are ready to help in this direction .Currently, with the financial support of the Government of Switzerland, the Ministry together with the NGO «Proliska» has resources to cover the population most affected by mines and ERW hazards.
The second project is free legal assistance for internally displaced persons, ATO/JF Oparticipants and community members who have been adversely affected by the conflict. For this purpose, «Legal Clinic» will be provided on the basis of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University. Under arrangements the specialists will receive appropriate equipment,essentialmaterialsfor the work, as well as retraining of employees, which will further allow the provision of advice and legal assistance to more people.In addition, the clinic will involve not only teachers but also the best students, for whom this activity will be invaluable experience.
The third project iscommunity support in overcoming the risks of conflicts.MTOT initiated this activity with OSCE earlier this year.The project was recently joined by one more partner – the Government of the Swiss Confederation. Two more communities are currently selected, which will be going through an assessment of the potential and existing conflicts in these communities.According to the results of the assessment by qualified sociologists and mediators, a detailed plan for resolving conflict situations will be developed and, together with the local community, it will be implemented with the methodological assistance and coordination of the MTOT. The global objective of this direction of the Ministry is to reach as many communities as possible through such an assessment. This is necessary in order to build capable and resilient communities that can independently assess risks, resolve conflicts and never fall under external and internal destabilization effects.
As of now, consolidated arrangements enshrined in the relevant agreements on cooperation between the MTOT and the Government of the Swiss Confederation. The official start of the projects will take place soon.