British Humanitarian Aid

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Founder Director: Rev. Tony Budell.   Director: Philip Edmonds.   Accounts: Valerie Budell.


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NEWSLETTER  JUNE 2017


We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those, whether they be individuals, schools, churches, organisations, communities or businesses that have continued to support us so generously this year.In December, we sent out a lorry of aid and in March a further two despite struggling with a lack of funds. The last of these was really a question of self-preservation as the warehouse was too full to accept your generous collections. These are greatly needed as the problem of the “internally displaced persons” has not gone away. It would be good to send out a further lorry in June, but of course this depends upon our funds. We have employed a company that specialises in advising on finding grants and have hopefully applied to 18 organisations. It will be interesting to see whether these are more successful than our own previous efforts.

AID DISTRIBUTION


Chernihiv Region is still trying to cope with 14,000 of these refugees. In addition, the economic situation has continued to worsen with almost all prices rising steeply. As expected, when the minimum wage rose to 62p(!) per hour. in January, there were many who either lost their jobs or had seriously reduced hours. In Chernihiv Region around 55%, including pensioners, do not have work and with no increase in pensions it is considered that about 80% of the population live below or near the poverty line. During the April visit a lorry load of aid was distributed to several Districts by BHA.

Recently, several people have asked “Why do you send aid to Ukraine”. Over the Christmas holiday period our website was revamped and a new video added which deals with the current problems.Chernihiv Aratta continues to be an invaluable support in all dealings with the authorities, especially when dealing with the farcical regulations imposed on handling and distributing aid. They have also opened a day club for young handicapped adults, many of whom also attend the weekly PHAB drama group. In Chernihiv Region around 55%, including pensioners, do not have work and with no increase in pensions it is considered that about 80% of the population live below or near the poverty line. During the April visit a lorry load of aid was distributed to several Districts by BHA.  

REORGANISATIONS


It has been decided to completely reorganise the administrative structure of the Districts. In typical Ukrainian fashion, they appear to have issued no firm plan as to how the restructuring should proceed. The existing village councils are expected to be abolished to be replaced by one representative.

The villages will then be combined into sort of sub-districts with a council formed from the village representatives. It was interesting, therefore, to talk to the people currently responsible in the communities in the various Districts that we visited. The approaches differ widely! In one place the Social Service workers believe they are awaiting their redundancy notices when they are replaced by a “telephone information service”. In another, the district will be split into two “communities” and they think there will be social services for both. In a third, there will be three sub-districts apparently served by the existing services.

As with most plans that are announced, there appears to be no-one with the responsibility of overseeing that these changes improve the quality of life of the ordinary citizen.

As a great deal of our work is done through the existing Social




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