In Ukraine, FSD is implementing mine action operations with demining and risk education for the population close to the contact line. In addition, FSD is rehabilitating schools and kindergartens damaged during the conflict.
In 2019, more than 300 people were injured or killed in such accidents. The fighting also caused extensive destruction to the country’s infrastructure, including many schools and kindergartens, reducing access to education for young Ukrainians living along the contact line.
“As long as the school is open, our village survives.”
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Explosive ordnance risk education
FSD in Ukraine
FSD’s involvement in Ukraine dates back to early 2015. The initial aim was to reduce the number of civilian casualties as much as possible by teaching residents how to behave safely in areas contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance. Today, in order to bring risk awareness to even more people, FSD is also rolling out online campaigns through social media.
In 2017, FSD commenced a demining program to locate and destroy mines and unexploded ordnance. Almost 5 million square meters of land have been surveyed and cleared to date and can now be used safely by the population. This has enabled the resumption of agricultural activities and access to infrastructure in these areas.
At the end of 2019, a new project was launched, aimed at strengthening access to education in the conflict area. While visiting schools and kindergartens during mine risk awareness missions, FSD staff witnessed the extent of the destructionof schools’ infrastructure and the devastating impact of the conflict on the daily lives of children. Following a special appeal for donations, FSD was able to conduct a needs assessment in schools along the contact line and is taking steps to rebuild and refurbish damaged schools.
centimetre by centimetre
In 2020, our deminers cleared 3.2 km² , an area equivalent to the City of London. This work requires constant concentration despite the sometimes extreme working conditions.
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Our humanitarian programs focus on four main areas.
FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides explosive ordnance risk education and assists survivors of accidental explosions.
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