Now, those requiring assistance can leave corresponding request on the website restoring-donbass.com, and volunteers – can quickly receive firsthand information about who needs help and what kind of help is needed.
“Virtual offices of mutual assistance” – is the first in Ukraine electronic project that allows volunteers and people who need help, communicate to each other directly without mediation of third parties.
For example, in the “Assistance required” section any IDP or a resident of Donbas may leave his request for required assistance with the description of the essence of the problem and contact details. Every such request for assistance, left on the website turns into a “personal office”. One does not need to submit a written assistance request, go to a special center to receive it and wait there for his turn – volunteers will come to him to provide assistance.
Thus both volunteer organizations and individual citizens-volunteers or simply caring readers can respond to a request. The whole volunteers’ database on the website is available to public and people can address volunteers on their own.
“Restoring Donbas” encourages volunteer groups and organizations, as well as independent volunteers to join the project and to combine efforts in order to provide feasible help to IDPs and residents of eastern Ukraine.
When registering on the website as a volunteer it is necessary to briefly indicate information about oneself, specify contact phone number and region, as well as to point out one or several types of assistance one can provide. Then one can independently accept requests of people in the “Assistance required” section.
In addition, the website has constantly expanding database “Points of assistance”, which includes both territories of resettlement of IDPs and Donbas (including ATO area). The database contains both points of provision of assistance and points of its reception divided into regions and cities. Any registered user can add new point of assistance and thus contribute to assistance to IDPs and residents of Donbas.
Community initiative “Restoring Donbas” is confident that mutual assistance and mutual aid are particularly important for us, Ukrainians, in such a difficult period for our country.
Despite significant weakening of the military confrontation in Donbas, number of IDPs does not stop growing in Ukraine. In April 2015, according to the UN, the number of only internally displaced persons has exceeded 1,2 million people. At the same time 154,000 of them – are children. Not all of them are now receiving assistance, although they badly need it.
In addition, deterioration of situation in the ATO area, which according to recent estimates of the OSCE could be called humanitarian disaster, triggers concern. Situation in Ukraine-controlled territories of Donbass remains complicated – there, because of impaired logistics and trade relations, is a significant rise in prices for essential goods.