PRESS-RELEASE: Henkel Ukraine company donated hygienic items for distribution among refugees through UNHCR Regional Representation Kyiv

   

In October 2011, Henkel Ukraine company donated 1,100 kg of washing powder/detergents to UNHCR Regional Representation Kyiv. The donation?s total value is up to 10,000 UAH.

Such an in-kind donation made by Henkel Ukraine company is an excellent example of a socially conscious business and UNHCR Regional Representation Kyiv hopes that this will be only the first step of its kind with many more to be done in the future.

UNHCR assists hundreds of needy individuals, including marginalised families who cannot afford even basic hygiene items. Such is the demand that even those who are in Government operated temporary accommodation centres (Odessa and Mukachevo) or those who are detained, are often dependent on international assistance or charity. Donation received from Henkel Ukraine company contributed to building their self-esteem by addressing their basic needs at times when they cannot always be expected to cope with the circumstances faced by them. 

The first part of the generous donation made by Henkel Ukraine company was distributed through Charitable Foundation ROKADA, one of the UNHCR implementing partners, to 166 families (408 individuals) in Kyiv on 20 October, 2011. The most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, who often live in precarious and unsafe conditions and depend on assistance from UNHCR, non-governmental organisations and other donors, benefited from this distribution.

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In June 2012, Henkel Ukraine donated another 1,000 kg of shampoo and soap, which UNHCR plans to distribute to refugees and asylum-seekers in Kyiv, Odesa and Zakarpattya. It will be also shared with Temporary Accommodation Centers for refugees where the funding from the state budget does not allow buying sufficient quantities of hygiene items and washing materials. UNHCR hopes for the continued cooperation with Henkel Ukraine in the field of corporate social responsibility.

For further information please contact Oleksandra Makovska, Associate Regional PI Officer at UNHCR Regional Representation for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, Public Information Unit. Tel.: +380 44 288-97-10, +380 50 310 1767 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web-site: http://www.unhcr.org.ua.

Background information:
• The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950. It became operational on January 1, 1951. UNHCR?s contributions to the world peace have been recognized with Nobel Peace prizes in 1954 and 1981.
• UNHCR works in Ukraine since March 1994. From 1996 to 2011 UNHCR contributed over 36 million USD to Ukraine. UNHCR programmes have over the years enhanced the capacities of numerous Government agencies and non-governmental organization and provided life sustaining assistance to thousands of individuals (direct assistance in the form of food and non-food items, medical assistance or monthly subsistence allowance in 2011 amounted to 450,000 USD).
• UNHCR has since its inception provided training and material support in the form of equipment (computers, vehicles, refurbishment of premises) to numerous Government agencies (the State
• Committee for Nationalities and Religions, Regional Migration Services, Border Guards) to the tune of 2.5 million USD.
• As of January 1, 2012 there are app. 2,500 recognized refugees and 5,875 stateless persons in Ukraine.
• In 2011, the three countries? programmes (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) managed by the UNHCR Regional Representation in Kyiv amounted to 4.7 million USD ex-staffing.
• UNHCR provides protection to refugees and other displaced persons on a non-political and humanitarian basis. The objective is to seek permanent solutions for persons who depend on international protection which, in the event of impossibility of return to the country of origin, entails providing for a supportive environment to integrate locally.
• Globally there are 43 million forcibly displaced persons, the majority of whom receive some form of UNHCR assistance (15.2 million refugees, 27.1 million internally displaced, 983 thousand asylum seekers).
• There are as many as 12 million stateless persons around the globe and 6.6 million are known to UNHCR in some 60 countries world wide.
• Over the past 60 years UNHCR has saved millions of lives, by bringing donor funds and international political will to bear on the world?s refugee problems on a scale unimaginable prior to its founding.
• In addition to saving lives, UNHCR continues to help millions of people to rebuild their lives, to return safely home or to find new homes.
• UNHCR notes that Ukraine accepted to abide by international refugee law 10 years ago by acceding to the 1951 Convention related to the status of refugees and that it has indicated readiness to accede to the 1954 and 1961Conventions on Statelessness.