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Introduction: Providing Humanitarian Relief
Joint cooperation efforts between our partner organizations
The Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and subsequent war represents a serious violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity, as well as a breach of the UN Charter. This aggression has resulted in numerous breaches of international humanitarian and human rights laws. Moreover, it has triggered the largest displacement and refugee crisis in Europe since 1945 and has presented a significant contemporary challenge to global peace, with far-reaching consequences in both regional and worldwide contexts.
From February 24, 2022, to February 24, 2023, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 21,293 civilian casualties, including 4,457 women and 1,441 children killed or injured. However, the actual figures are likely much higher, as obtaining accurate information from conflict zones and areas of intense hostilities remains challenging, and many reports are still awaiting confirmation. The extensive destruction of urban areas and civilian infrastructure has rendered life unbearable for millions of people and has severely disrupted essential services. Presently, at least 17.6 million individuals require humanitarian assistance, with over 13.5 million people having been displaced from their homes, representing more than a quarter of the population. Of these, more than 8.1 million remain as refugees in neighboring countries, while 5.35 million are internally displaced within Ukraine.
To alleviate the grave circumstances of the Ukrainian civilian population, Friends of Be an Angel has taken on the challenging task of providing humanitarian aid to community centers, refugee camps, points of invincibility, hospitals, and internally displaced person (IDP) camps. The terrorist attacks by the Russian armed forces has left a wake of destruction to critical civilian infrastructure such as hospitals, power stations, and water treatment plants. To add further complexity to the situation, roads and primary transportation routes in many parts of the country are still mined, under occupation or under attack, making the logistical situation for humanitarian aid deliveries dangerous and extremely risky.
To navigate these extremely dangerous scenarios, Friends of Be an Angel works together with Women’s Movement for the Future, a nation-wide non-governmental organization (NGO) consisting of tens of thousands of volunteers and dozens of local charities. Lead by former member of Parliament and current representative of children, youth and family to the Ombudsman’s Office of Human Rights, Iryna Suslova, Friends of Be an Angel and Women’s Movement for the Future operates a humanitarian aid distribution hub in L’viv, Ukraine. Friends of Be an Angel focuses on the acquisition and transportation of humanitarian supplies from the United States or European Union into Ukraine, while Women’s Movement for the Future focuses on the distribution and logistics within Ukraine.
Through this partnership, we quickly identify critical areas of need and have made the decision to focus our humanitarian efforts on four focus areas. The first and primary focus area is on care packages for IDPs and other particularly vulnerable members of the civilian population, including those who are most impacted by the severely deteriorating economic situation or those who have lost their homes as a direct result of aggression from the Russian Federation. For example, one of our care package programs focuses directly on single mothers who have lost their partner to frontline combat. These women are particularly vulnerable because in many parts of the country, daycares, schools, and kindergartens are no longer operational and women are forced to stay home to take care of their children. This puts them in a particularly vulnerable economic situation where they require humanitarian assistance to sustain their families. Every month, we mail out approximately 3,000-5,000 care packages using the local postal service directly to families suffering from these economic barriers.
In addition to individual mail care packages, we provide large scale assistance to IDP camps, community centers and charities who deliver supplies to villages affected by frontline operations. We deliver hundreds of tons of foods and other important supplies to these locations.
Through our close relationship with the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA), we also provide large-scale shipments of medicine and medical supplies directly to hospitals located throughout Ukraine.
Medicine & Medical Equipment
Supporting First Responders
What Your Donations Have Achieved
Through the power of your donations, we have been able to provide a tremendous amount of support to hospitals, refugee camps, and displaced persons. To date, by strength through unity, we have been able to provide over 4,907 tons of humanitarian aid for a total value of $44 million USD. Above is a breakdown of our aid divided by category, split between amount in tons and amount by market value.
Focusing our needs: concepts of intersectionality
We believe in delivering humanitarian aid that addresses the unique and intersecting challenges faced by people in warzones. By embracing the principles of intersectionality, our shipments are designed to recognize the interconnected nature of oppression and vulnerability experienced by individuals who belong to multiple marginalized groups. Our aid packages are tailored to cater to various aspects of people’s lives, including access to clean water, food, shelter, medical supplies, and psychosocial support, while taking into account specific needs based on gender, age, economic status, disability, race, ethnicity and other relevant factors. Through a holistic approach, we strive to empower and uplift the most vulnerable communities, ensuring that our aid reaches those who need it the most, fostering inclusivity, and making a meaningful difference amidst the difficulties of conflict.
Process and Chain of Custody
Chain of Custody (COC) permanently captures data related to who handled the collection of medical supplies and how, what actions were performed, and the location and date of the actions from the start of procurement process through the distribution of the medical supplies and other humanitarian aid directly to the end users at the Ukrainian front lines. We also track data related to the impact of aid delivered.
- Needs Assessment and Analysis and Strategic Response Planning
The first step in the humanitarian aid distribution process is to identify current and immediate need for medical and relief supplies throughout the territories we cover. We focus on hot zones, front lines, and the areas in most dire situations. Inquiries are sent out to hundreds of hospitals, community and refugee centers, as well as to other various locations to compile a list of their needs. Based on their documented, verified, and official requests received, there is a prioritization process to ensure the decisions of where the aid is sent are fair, diversified, and that the appropriate priorities are given to the most critical locations.
- Sorting and Categorization of Incoming and Outgoing Aid Shipments
Once a shipment arrives, it is categorized and sorted in the warehouse depending on the type and storage requirements. Outgoing shipments are then prepared depending on the needs identified in the first step of the process. If a specific request comes from a medical institution which requires medical expertise, the team of volunteer doctors and medical professionals assist in the sorting process to ensure that each outgoing shipment fulfills the needs of the destinated location.
- Distribution Implementation and Monitoring
Once outgoing shipments are carefully sorted, packed, and wrapped in plastic for extra waterproofing, they are loaded onto vans or trucks and transported directly to the end users. For certain locations and when appropriate, Nova Pochta (postal services) is used. About 400 parcels and two to three transports leave for the front lines every day.
- Documentation, Operational Review, and Evaluation
The documentation process is conducted throughout all stages. Signatures, documents, photographic evidence and lists are compiled in the form of bills of lading, customs documents for import/export, inventory protocols and acceptance with the receiving parties. These are stamped and signed by distributors and recipients and stored safely and appropriately in accordance with the international and Ukrainian laws. Together with photographs/videos of the humanitarian aid arrival, storage, and delivery, these documents serve as proof of COC and distribution.