In the country since 2014, we have been working with the Emmaus association in creating foster homes and accompanying young people and people with disabilities towards independent living
Fondazione AVSI has been working in Ukraine since 2014, when the conflict in Donbass broke out, to rebuild the social fabric. In these years, it has created foster homes and implemented actions to accompany young people and people with disabilities to independent living, in collaboration with the Emmaus association of Kharkiv.
These activities have been made possible thanks to various contributions: donations collected through grassroots campaigns (AVSI's Tents campaign), institutional funds of the Emilia-Romagna and Friuli Venezia-Giulia regions, the support of Italian social cooperatives (Nazareno of Carpi) and other organizations in Kiev and Lviv.
Since the flare-up in tensions in Ukraine, AVSI has stayed in touch with the managers at Emmaus to follow the developments in the crisis, to ensure the protection of staff and especially of the people with disabilities, who have now been forced to leave the homes in Kharkiv.
Since February 24, 2022 - when the Russian bombings on Ukraine cities started - AVSI has been coordinating with the organizations AVSI POLSKA in Poland and Asociația FDP-Protagonists in educatie in Romania, in order to carry out emergency actions at the border with Poland and Romania: these are the main areas of transit and arrival for Ukrainian refugees looking for safety.
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