Atlas Logistique warehouse in Kharkiv (Ukraine) | © HI 2022
Olga Komar, logistics specialist at Rights to Protection, explains how Atlas Logistique helps the association thanks to the support of the European Humanitarian Response Capacity.
The European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC), is the European Union’s new set of operational tools designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian response to sudden-onset natural hazards and human-induced disasters.
In Ukraine, massive shellings of critical and residential infrastructure led to people being left without housing and livelihoods, electricity, water and heating: at least 17.6 million people need humanitarian assistance. Since the beginning of the conflict, Atlas Logistique helps delivering the necessary humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people at the right time and the right place. This mobilization is possible thanks to the support of the European Union.
I’m Olga Komar and I work as a logistics specialist for Rights to Protection, in Kharkiv. We are covering all categories of populations, which are the most affected by the war: internally displaced persons, people with disabilities, the most vulnerable families. When they have been evacuated in an emergency, during shelling, they were unable to take even the most basic things with them. Many people are currently accommodated in Kharkiv boarding houses. In this context, our organization delivers generators, as well as food supply packages and hygiene kits. We are trying to cover as many needs of different population groups as possible.
In January, we used the warehouse in Kharkiv for the storage of 200 heaters (in accordance with the project supported by the European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC)). Now we are transporting them to the relevant locations and providing them to the people. We plan to store also supply food packages, furniture and equipment in the future.
We are very pleased to be their partner. The team responds very promptly to our requests. There are no delays or problems. We are absolutely satisfied with our partnership with Atlas Logistique.
The European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) is the European Union’s new set of operational tools designed to fill gaps in the humanitarian response to sudden-onset natural hazards and human-induced disasters.
Coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), the EHRC is based on 3 pillars:
1. provision of common logistics services to EU humanitarian partners (among others, air and land transport operations and warehousing systems);
2. prepositioned stockpiles of emergency items in critical areas worldwide;
3. provision of expertise, mainly in the health sector, currently under development.
Since April 2022, Atlas Logistique – one of HI's operational units – is intervening in Ukraine though the first pillar of the EHRC instrument. The EHRC and Atlas Logistique have been providing European logistics services to humanitarian partners via the logistics hubs in Vinnytsia, Dnipro and Kharkiv as well as the establishment of a trucking system to deploy humanitarian supplies to hard-to-reach areas where the needs are the highest.