More than 1.7 million people have already fled across the Ukraine borders to neighbouring countries and more than half of them to Poland.
Caritas Switzerland supports emergency aid for the reception, accommodation and care of people who have fled to Poland. In Caritas emergency shelters, people are provided with the basic necessities: with safe places to sleep, food and clean drinking water, and relief supplies such as hygiene articles and medicines. They also receive psychosocial support.
In addition, Caritas Switzerland is currently conducting a needs assessment mission in the border region with Ukraine and has sent a humanitarian aid delegate to the area for this purpose.
With some 1,000 staff in its existing 20 social centres throughout the country, Caritas Ukraine provides the internally displaced persons with some basic necessities of life. In addition, many volunteers distribute food, provide transport and help on site. Women and children in particular receive important support, via set-ups like the Child Friendly Spaces Initiative, which enables children to participate in sports and recreational activities in order better to cope with the psychological stress.
Tetiana Stawnychy, President of Caritas Ukraine, states:
"We are doing everything we can to provide help and support to people in need across the country, as we have been doing in eastern Ukraine since 2014. Before the attack, there were already 2.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Now this number is rising sharply."
At the time of writing The GoldenPeaks Capital Foundation is supporting 10 different initiatives within and outside the Ukraine to help relieve the humanitarian crisis there. The GoldenPeaks Capital Foundation is contributing to Caritas’ efforts to take care of as many refugees as possible.
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