Charity foundation "Vostok-SOS"
Vostok SOS is a non-governmental organization that works to provide comprehensive assistance to internally displaced persons and to people affected by the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. Its activities are aimed at strengthening civil society, promoting human rights, democratic changes and the rule of law in the eastern regions of Ukraine and in the country as a whole.
Vostok SOS started as one of the first volunteer civic initiatives in May 2014 by activists and volunteers who began providing assistance to victims of the military conflict in the east of the country and in Crimea. They helped find shelter to IDPs, assisted in the evacuation of people, collected and distributed humanitarian aid to IDPs, and provided psychological first aid. Members of Vostok SOS participated in the search, release and rehabilitation of victims of abductions, monitored and documented human rights violations and reported on the situation in the east.
Today Vostok SOS has offies in Kyiv, Severodonetsk and Mariupol and conducts numerous field trips to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, carrying out the following activities:
- legal assistance
- humanitarian aid
- educational activities and capacity building
- psycho-social support
- documentation of human rights violations
- law enforcement monitoring
- improvement of the Ukrainian legislation on a regional and national level.
Vostok SOS has implemented both small- and large-scale projects in collaboration with various governmental, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies. As a community-based NGO that started as a response to a humanitarian crisis and with most of its employees being IDPs and local residents from Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Crimea, it is well-versed in the local context and has a bottom-up and needs-based approach. Since the beginning of the conflict and the work of Vostok SOS, more than 500,000 beneficiaries have received assistance (humanitarian aid, psycho-social support, legal aid, and capacity building).