On 24 September 2014 UNHCR organized a delivery of up-to-date construction materials (tarpaulin) to be used as an emergency solution for damaged houses in the eastern parts of Ukraine. The delivery was done to the Boryspil Airport.

On 24 September, UNHCR organized a delivery of up-to-date construction materials (tarpaulin) to be used as an emergency solution for damaged houses in the eastern parts of Ukraine. The delivery was done to the Boryspil Airport.

The airlift of a special cargo was provided from the UNHCR Global Management Stockpiles in Dubai with the support of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). The materials will be used  as rapid assistance to restore housing in the return areas  pending longer term solutions. Tarpaulin will be primarily used to satisfy urgent needs in the reconstruction of buildings and temporary repairs giving the ability to delay core repairs for about six months. After the customs clearance is done the cargo will be transferred to UNHCR warehouse in Kharkiv for further distribution among those in need.

 

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Reinforced plastic tarpaulin was developed by an international research project and was designed for long outdoor use in all climates and to be used for simple temporary community shelter protection. Several other uses include, covering damaged structures, upgrading of tents and shelters, building of health centers, and warehouses. Tarpaulin is widely used by UNHCR in other countries such as Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and Lebanon.

“We understand that many people return to their almost ruined houses and that repair will take some time. Therefore it is a very timely delivery of tarpaulin as the families will be able to move back to their houses in few days after they receive plastic sheets. It is a common practice of using tarpaulin in many countries where UNHCR operates”,  explained Srechko Neuman, UNHCR Senior Regional Programme Officer.

The first dispatch of the tarpaulin cargo will assist about 3500 people (nearly 1000 households) with emergency repairs already in 2-3 days after they get the material.

“The delivery of a special UNHCR cargo to renew houses in the regions of conflict in Ukraine again confirms that UIA is a socially responsible Ukrainian company”,  said Yuriy Miroshnykov, the President of Ukraine International Airlines. “UIA transfers free of charge victims and wounded persons for medical help and rehabilitation to Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Spain and Israel.  We also provide great discounts to their family members for flight tickets. Our company is the only Ukrainian airlines that has kept its local and international routes and is executing its flights fully”.