Why Ukraine ?
In 2014, an armed conflict erupted in the east of the country. The Donbass region (the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces) is now defacto divided by a “contact line”, which separates the area under Ukrainian government control from that administered by separatists. While the fighting has subsided into a relatively static, low intensity conflict, the villages and fields along the front line remain littered with mines and unexploded ordnance. Residents, whose quality of life has reduced significantly with the conflict, live under the daily threat of an accidental explosion or from sporadic artillery or mortar fire. In 2019, more than 300 people were injured or killed in such accidents. The fighting also caused extensive destruction to the country's infrastructure, including many schools and kindergartens, reducing access to education for young Ukrainians living along the contact line.