Bringing Warmth
Medair
by Samara Macy
3d ago
In the winter season, the supply of firewood becomes an integral part of life for countless people, especially for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations, such as internally displaced people (IDPs). Recognizing this need, Medair is committed to ensuring warmth and comfort for those in need. This winter, Medair supplied firewood to over 174 people in 5 communities in the Vinnytsia region, including Nataliya, a 64-year-old IDP from the Donetsk region. Nataliya stands with Medair’s staff near the firewood that was delivered to her for the winter period. ©Medair/Diana Mukan Nataliya ..read more
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Ukraine two years on: Humanitarian needs are reaching catastrophic levels
Medair
by elisabethsaehr
1w ago
The impact of two years of war is summarised thus by UN Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown: “… as the war ravages villages and towns close to the front line, humanitarian needs in these areas (of Ukraine) are reaching catastrophic levels.” Every day since Medair was registered as the first NGO in Kyiv to respond to the conflict, we have played a crucial role helping and supporting victims of the war. In 2024 we keep going, distributing cash and essential household items and providing healthcare, safe water and shelter services. The post Ukraine two years on: Humanitarian needs ..read more
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Restoration of faith
Medair
by Samara Macy
1w ago
During my visit with the Shelter team to villages in Ukraine’s Kyiv region, I had the opportunity to meet with the people whose communities had been de-occupied in 2022. They turned out to be extraordinarily tough individuals who had been able to rebuild their lives thanks to essential aid and support received from the Medair. These people witnessed awful incidents in which missiles and debris damaged not just their homes, but also their spirits. Despite the cool temperatures that day, the sun shone brightly, providing warmth. The area was adorned with abundant green trees, and locals diligen ..read more
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Regardless of the circumstances
Medair
by Samara Macy
1w ago
Knocking on Valentyna’s apartment door, we were greeted by a very beautiful and smiling girl, Raya, who held a teddy bear in her hands. She led us into the room with her grandmother and continued to smile the entire time we visited this family. Risa, 6-years-old, is a member of the Ukrainian community, holds beloved toy bear in her hands in Vinnytsia city. ©Medair/Diana Mukan Valentyna, at 68 years old, is the guardian of her two grandchildren – Artem, 16 and Raya, 6 – who have always been and continue to be the most important people in her life. The armed conflict that unexpectedly struck ..read more
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Professional burnout
Medair
by Samara Macy
1w ago
As Ukraine continues to grapple with ongoing conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis, its communities require assistance on numerous fronts. And while emergency relief efforts and reconstruction are vital, we strongly believe in addressing psychological support – an often-overlooked aspect of humanitarian aid. We recognize the pivotal role mental health plays in fostering resilience and facilitating the restoration of lives. During times of conflict, mental health becomes increasingly paramount. Bearing the brunt of the storm, mental well-being can rapidly deteriorate, leaving populations ..read more
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How Medair’s Cash Assistance Saved Lives and Livelihoods in Afghanistan
Medair
by Samara Macy
2w ago
Cheenar Khan, a 67-year-old man from a remote district in Southern Afghanistan, has weathered numerous challenges in providing for his family – surviving floods, droughts, economic collapse, and more than four decades of war. Currently living with his third and only surviving wife, 65-year-old Zainab, and with his 11 children pursuing work to support their own families, Cheenar struggles to meet his basic needs. Despite his age, he works as a daily laborer for a local development organization’s intermittent construction projects. Like many people in his home district, Cheenar and his family h ..read more
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Fostering Psychosocial Healing and Empowerment
Medair
by Samara Macy
3w ago
PSS volunteers in Amman From left to the right: (Roula Salem, Oday Sadaqa, Khawlah Yaghmour) Due to ongoing challenges and daily hardships, the demand for comprehensive well-being transcends mere physical health. An integrated approach that addresses the profound impact on mental, emotional, and social dimensions is needed, especially for the most vulnerable. This is where Psychosocial Support (PSS) becomes a lifeline, and a vital cornerstone in fostering resilience and healing amidst adversity. In Jordan, Medair increases access to urgent and life-saving healthcare for refugees and vulnera ..read more
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‘It was like Armageddon’
Medair
by Samara Macy
3w ago
Wired and shredded reinforcement bars once used as the framework of the building embraced by large collapsed concrete blocks, rest on the street (blocking off the road) across from nearby residential buildings in the Azizieh District, Aleppo, Syria on the 3rd of March 2023. It was a once in a generation event. On 6th February 2023 at 4:17am, on a bitterly cold winter night, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit south-eastern Türkiye and northern Syria, followed by another almost as large a few hours later. The largest to hit the region for 84 years, it’s estimated that the quakes and their aftersh ..read more
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Syria and Turkiye one year after the earthquakes
Medair
by elisabethsaehr
3w ago
When two earthquakes struck Syria and Türkiye on 6th February 2023, killing more than 59,000 people and leaving millions homeless without access to basic shelter, nutrition and health services. Medair was one of the first NGOs to mobilise and arrive in location – in this case, within 24 hours.  While the initial response was swift and reactive – providing thousands of families with blankets, tents, stoves, torches and essential hygiene items – there are many more stories to be told about Medair’s work in the months following the earthquake, our ongoing programmes and our plans for the y ..read more
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Revitalising Hope in Blue Nile
Medair
by Samara Macy
3w ago
Nadima received medication for her sick daughters at one of Medair’s health and nutrition facilities in Blue Nile. ©Medair In the heart of Blue Nile, where the echoes of conflict and displacement reverberate through the landscape, the health and nutrition crisis deepens its grip on vulnerable communities. The situation is dire, marked by widespread food insecurity, limited healthcare access, and escalating rates of preventable diseases. Malaria, diarrhoea, and respiratory infections proliferate, and the fragile health infrastructure teeters on the brink of collapse. Amidst this challenging ..read more
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