Ukraine: Shelters for Families, Nurseries and Schools

Repair of war damage in Butscha

Butsha has become synonymous with the destruction caused by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The district is located to the east of the capital Kyiv and suffered particularly badly from the attacks at the beginning of the war. Thousands of residential buildings were damaged or destroyed, as were bridges, hospitals, schools, nurseries and administrative buildings. Since June 2022, Volkshilfe has been helping the people of Butscha to rebuild their towns and villages.

Volkshilfe is helping families to repair their damaged flats and houses - replacing damaged windows and doors, repairing roofs and repairing walls that have been damaged by bullets. This enables people to return to their flats and houses, which can be heated again.

As part of this project, Volkshilfe also supports communities in repairing war damage to schools and kindergartens and improving air raid shelters. By 2023, repair work on 11 buildings has been financed. Over 3,500 children have benefited from this work.

The condition of these shelters is particularly poor in many locations. The rooms are damp, poorly lit, cold, poorly ventilated and have no or too few toilets. Investments will be made to improve the shelters at five kindergartens by the end of 2024.

All work is carried out by local companies and craftsmen. This revitalises the local economy and creates new jobs.


Project Partner: Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine (NDU)

Duration: 2022-2024

Funding Bodies: Nachbar in Not, Volkshilfe


Franz Josef Berger
Project Manager Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine
E-Mail: Franz-Josef.Berger[at]


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