Ukrainian Emergency Response

Helping people in Ukraine and those who are seeking refuge in neighboring countries

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The Need

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February has unleashed a major humanitarian crisis in Europe. People in the Ukraine are in need of essential provisions including water, food, medicine, shelter, etc.

Over 5 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homeland since the Russian invasion began. While the majority fled to Poland, tens of thousands fled to other neighboring countries, including Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. The growing humanitarian crisis is overwhelming these countries as they struggle to help those seeking refuge within their borders.

Unloading relief supplies in Ukraine
A Ukrainian home destroyed by the Russian military
Mattresses on the floor of a Christian center offering shelter to IDP in western Ukraine
Unloading relief in Ukraine from a vehicle funded by IAFR
Ukrainians walking to the border of the EU to seek refuge
A Ukrainian bomb shelter
A Polish church on the Ukrainian border
Ukrainian refugees find shelter in the attic of a Polish church

Photos of the humanitarian response of IAFR partners

The Goal

We are presently focusing our resources on helping our partners get critical relief to people in war torn eastern Ukraine. We are also helping them get people out of conflict zones to safety.

1. RELIEF TRANSPORT. For every $40,000 we can transport 22 kilotons of relief items to where it is needed in eastern Ukraine. We initiated one such shipment in May. We would like to fund another one soon.

2. LONG-TERM SHELTER. For every $11,500 we can help our partner in Ukraine build a tiny house or convert other suitable space to serve as a long-term shelter solution for internally displaced Ukrainians.

3. DISTRIBUTION VEHICLE. For every 11,500 we can help our partner purchase a dependable used vehicle to help with relief distribution in Ukraine. Such vehicles are also used to evacuate people from conflict zones.

If you want your donation to be used where most needed, simply give to the Ukrainian Emergency Response fund. If you want to designate your gift for one of the needs listed above, please note the appropriate designation using the purpose in BOLD from the list above.

The generosity of our financial partners has been remarkable as we work together to help people survive and recover from the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine.

The Strategy

We are focusing our efforts on helping local churches respond to the crisis in the region. Their important work is often not on the radar of international agencies responding to the crisis.

UKRAINE
We are assisting a local Christian charity in western Ukraine through which hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people are passing. They are transporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) out of conflict zones and helping many reach the border of the EU. They are also providing shelter, beds, showers, laundry, food, and other basic items people need as they arrive in their city.

SLOVAKIA
We are assisting a church in Kosice, Slovakia, near the border of Ukraine that is providing incoming refugees with a safe place to sleep, along with hot meals, clothing, and medicine.

POLAND
We assisted a local church in a small town southeast of Warsaw on the Polish/Ukrainian border while a steady stream of refugees passed through the town. The vast majority were women and children. The church is doing what it can to assist with shelter, transportation, food, water, medicine, and other needs as they arise. They are not currently in need of our assistance, so we are focusing our resources on helping our partners in Ukraine and Slovakia.

PROGRESS

We are thankful to our generous financial partners as we have received $124,807 for this fund since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We sent 30,000 Euro to our partner in Slovakia in mid-May. This will cover the costs of transporting around 22 kilotons of relief supplies to eastern Ukraine. Relief reaching Kremenchuk, Cherkassy, and the Charkiv area at present.

We wired another $11,000 this month to our partner in Slovakia to purchase one or two dependable used vehicles in Ukraine to help with the distribution of relief and the evacuation of people from conflict zones.

Funds have provided shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, and other kinds of practical assistance. Showers, toilets, and washing machines have been installed to help those sheltering uprooted Ukrainians meet these basic needs.

We helped our partner in Ukraine purchase a passenger/cargo van for the purpose of transporting people out of conflict zones and to help internally displaced Ukrainians get to the border of the European Union. The vehicle is also helping transport building supplies as they build and renovate shelters for internally displaced people in western Ukraine.

Funds sent to our partner church in Slovakia were used to get relief supplies into Mariupol and Kharkiv while they were still accessible. They also helped people escape these besieged cities while there was time to do so. They've also supplied bullet proof vests for nurses serving on the front lines of the conflict.

Updated: 13 May 2022

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