Ukraine: a collective mobilization to support the refugee population

Our solidarity actions

Since the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Europe, the Veolia Foundation has been mobilized with its partners (French Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Solidarités International, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, UN agencies, etc.) to support the populations affected by the conflict. Priority needs have been identified around access to hygiene in the transit and accommodation centers that are hosting the refugees.

June 2023 - Veoliaforce volunteer on assignment in Ukraine

On June 6, the Ukrainian population suffered terrible floods after the destruction of the Kakhova dam. In support of the solidarity operations carried out by the Crises and Support Center (CDCS) of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Veolia Foundation provided mobile water treatment units.

These units - Aquaforces 2000 - can supply up to 10,000 people, in line with humanitarian standards (20 liters per person per day). Marie Gaveriaux, a Veoliaforce volunteer, was in the field at the end of June to train Solidarités International teams in the deployment of Aquaforces. She talks about her experience.

May 2022 - Sanitary facilities for 4,000 refugees

An operation carried out with the support of Sade (Veolia) and the mobile sanitation supplier Sebach

Nearly 200 sanitary units were transported to Moldova and Ukraine. Eight semi-trailers left France to position 72 units in camps in Moldova and 120 toilets in Ukraine, in the Lviv region. These toilet cabins are used at border crossing points (transit or accommodation centers), including the Giurgiulesti reception center.

March 2022 - The Foundation's water and sanitation expertise in the field

  A Veoliaforce mission to Moldova with the French Red Cross

An assessment of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) situation on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border began at the end of March. For about ten days, the French Red Cross teams and Veoliaforce experts from the Veolia Foundation pooled their skills to conduct an audit of needs, assess the capacity of local infrastructures to meet them and propose solutions.

March 2022 - Hygiene kits for 6,600 people

A French Red Cross integration workshop and Veoliaforce volunteers mobilized to produce hygiene kits

Hygiene kits, each covering the needs of a family of five for one month, were put together by Croix-Rouge Insertion/Vif! a subsidiary of the French Red Cross, for distribution in the field. True to its mission of promoting professional integration, the Veolia Foundation entrusted the production of these 1,320 kits to a major player in the sector, while coordinating with the NGOs present in Eastern Europe to meet the needs expressed.

Actions carried out with the involvement and generosity of Veolia employees

An unprecedented surge of solidarity has arisen within the Veolia Group in response to the conflict in Eastern Europe. On March 7, the Veolia Foundation set up a scheme to enable employees to help finance humanitarian aid in Ukraine and the region. More than 700 employees have signed up.

The commitment of Veolia employees also took the form of a skills sponsorship operation: Veoliaforce volunteers came to reinforce the production capacities of Croix-Rouge Insertion/Vif! during the peak of activity linked to the order for 1,320 hygiene kits.