You have arrived with children from Ukraine. What help can you get from UNICEF?

As the crisis escalates in Ukraine, the humanitarian situation for children in the country continues deteriorating. About two-thirds of the children are currently displaced either within Ukraine or to neighboring countries. Children continue to be killed, injured and deeply traumatized as a result of the horrendous violence taking place around them. They are frightened, in a state of shock and desperate for security, stability and protection.

© UNICEF/UN0642017/Bobyreva Maria is talking to her son, Artur, in Ivano-Frankivsk hospital

Since 24 February until 13 September 2022, more than 54 thousand citizens of Ukraine have arrived in Belarus (according to the State Border Committee). UNICEF in Belarus continues to support people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

Resources and contact information on support services in Belarus for Ukrainian families with children

We have prepared information that will help you understand where to go if you need to:

  • register or obtain refugee status in Belarus;
  • seek medical support;
  • register a child for the kindergarten or school;
  • get free legal advice or psychological counselling.

Information for refugees in Minsk here.

Information for refugees in Minsk region here.

Information for refugees in Gomel region here.

Information for refugees in Grodno region here.

Information for refugees in Brest region here.

Information for refugees in Vitebsk region here.

Click here for information on immunization.

In addition, UNICEF, together with the Belarusian Red Cross, established information points for refugees coming from Ukraine to Brest region. At the Brest-Terespol Belarusian-Polish border crossing, as well as inside the Brest bus station, you can find stands with information resources on the most important contacts of assistance in the Republic of Belarus, as well as resources useful for families with children. Volunteers at those information stands will tell you where to go for help and will provide you with hygiene kits for families with children.

Please note that on 14 September 2022, the President of Belarus signed the Decree No. 360. Amendments were made to the Decree No. 420 dated 30 August 2014 “On the stay of citizens of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus”. Now it applies to all refugees from Ukraine (not only to those from Lugansk and Donetsk regions) and expands their rights to education, health care, social protection and employment in the country. The new version of the decree also regulates access to benefits and exempts from payment of various taxes and fees associated with registration in the country.

How to get targeted financial assistance for children’s education?

Together with partners, we distribute gift certificates (vouchers) to families to help prepare for the school year. Gift certificates will allow you to buy in specialized stores school supplies, clothes and other things needed for schooling. We distribute vouchers through our partners - Red Cross. To get help, please contact any of the Red Cress offices near you.

How to get humanitarian aid?

We are transferring humanitarian aid to affected families through our partners. 889 children and 424 adults have already received hygiene kits, clothes, educational materials, toys, etc. If you need help, please contact any of the Red Cress offices near you.

How to get psychological help?

Together with partners, we opened "safe space" rooms for children. They work on the premises of selected socio-pedagogical centers (SPC) and territorial centers of Red Cross. Children and their parents can receive psychological and psychosocial assistance in those centres.

Psychologists can conduct individual or group sessions with children, including the drawing sessions. In addition, they provide advice to parents and caregivers on dealing with children’s stress and supporting a child in crisis situations.

Where can I approach for help in Brest region?

  • State Educational Institution "Brest Regional Socio-Pedagogical Center": Brest, 20/1 Ya. Kupala street, 3rd floor, training room. Open on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 13:30).
  • State Educational Institution "Social and Pedagogical Center of Brest Region": Brest, 10 Naganova street, 5th floor, room 513. Open on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:00).
  • State Educational Institution "Social and Pedagogical Center of Pruzhany District": Brest region, Pruzhany district, posyelok Solnechny, 25, 1st floor, Psychologist's office. Open on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:00).
  • Brest regional organization of the Belarusian Red Cross: Brest, 9 Rokossovsky street, 1st floor. Works on weekdays from 8.30 to 17.00 hours (break from 13.00 to 13.30).

Where can I approach for help in Gomel region?

  • State Educational Institution "Gomel Regional Social and Pedagogical Center": Gomel, 6 Ya. Kolas street, Consultation point. Open on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:30).
  • State Educational Institution "Gomel City Social and Pedagogical Center": Gomel, 26 A Manevicha street, Game room. Open on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:30).
  • State Educational Institution "Gomel District Social and Pedagogical Center": Gomel district, Beryozki village, 11 Teplichnaya street, Game room. Open on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:30).
  • State Educational Institution "Zhlobin Social and Pedagogical Center": Zhlobin, 203 A Pervomayskaya street, Parent-child room. Open on weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 (break from 13:00 to 14:30).
  • Office of the Belarusian Red Cross Society: Gomel, 1 Stantionnaya stree. Open on Tuesday-Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00, Friday from 13:00 to 16:00.
  • Office of the Belarusian Red Cross Society: Gomel region, Kalinovichi, 18 Kalinina street. Open on Monday-Wednesday from 12:00 to 14:00.
  • Office of the Belarusian Red Cross Society: Gomel region, Mozyr, 53 Pushkin street. Open on Monday-Wednesday from 13:00 to 15:00.
  • Office of the Belarusian Red Cross Society: Gomel region, Rechitsa, 18 Stroitelya street. Open on Monday-Wednesday from 10:00 to 14:00.

In addition, children and teenagers can seek free psychological help at Youth-Friendly Centres. Their addresses and phone numbers can be found here.

We spoke with experts and compiled recommendations on how to support a child in a crisis situation and get through a difficult time.

In Brest and Gomel regions, interdepartmental groups of specialists reach out to Ukrainian families with children who need humanitarian assistance. If you know of families who need help, please contact Brest and Gomel Regional Social and Pedagogical Centers, as well as SPCs at the place of residence.

We thank our partners and all the individuals who have donated and supported the refugees. If you also want to support families with children from Ukraine, go here.