Cherkasy Region: How Local Volunteers and UHHRU Help Displaced People Adapt to a New Place

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, about 150,000 civilians who fled the war have moved to the Cherkasy region. These people needed all kinds of help, including accommodation, food, job, basic supplies, as well as legal, educational, and psychological support.

Clothing for internally displaced persons from Cherkasy Humanitarian Center. Photo:

The region community organized a joint volunteer movement to help internally displaced Ukrainians get back to life. In particular, the local governments, public sector, and small and large businesses have all united with the support of donors and funds to conduct this mission. Many humanitarian headquarters and volunteer centers were organized in territorial communities.

Organizations such as NGO Cherkasy Youth Council, Cherkasy Human Rights Center  (on the basis of which the legal aid center in Cherkasy works), and NGO Active Zvenyhorodshchyna significantly changed their focus and activities to meet war-related challenges. The activists have constantly been providing the war-affected people coming to the Cherkasy region with humanitarian and hygiene kits, housing, and all necessary assistance for better integration.

In the video, Taras Shcherbatyuk, Head of the NGO “Cherkasy Human Rights Center”; Volodymyr Panchenko, Head of the NGO “Cherkasy Youth Council”; Vyacheslav Golikov, Head of the NGO “Zvenyhorodshchyna active”, talk in detail about how volunteers help internally displaced people.

The network of UHHRU legal aid centers provides legal assistance to victims of the Russia-Ukraine warWe work in 18 regions of the country. To find out our contacts, click HERE.

Original article – on the website of the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center


The network of UHHRU legal aid сenters provides assistance to war victims in support of the Human Rights in Action Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Community for Human Rights.

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience, and advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity. USAID has partnered with Ukraine since 1992, providing more than $3 billion in assistance. USAID’s current strategic priorities include strengthening democracy and good governance, promoting economic development and energy security, improving health care systems, and mitigating the effects of the conflict in the east. For additional information about USAID in Ukraine, please call USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications Office at: +38 (044) 521-5753. You may also visit our website: or our Facebook page at

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