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 2022 unleashed a major humanitarian crisis in Europe. People in the Ukraine are in need of essential provisions including water, food, medicine, shelter, etc.

Over 7 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes. Another 6 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

PRIORITIES

We are presently focusing our resources helping people in Ukraine in the following ways:

1. RELIEF AND EVACUATION EFFORTS WITHIN UKRAINE. Our highest priority is to help fund getting needed relief to people in conflict zones and to help evacuate those in need to a safe part of the country.

2. IDP ASSISTANCE. Our ministry partners in Ukraine are offering shelter, food, and other needed assistance to internally displaced people (IDP). One of our partners is caring for 270 people. The other has 800 people in their care. Understandably, they are struggling to over the related on-going costs and have asked for help.

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.

OUR PARTNERS

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 partnering with a local Christian network in western Ukraine that is transporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) out of conflict zones and helping people reach the border of the EU. They are also caring for 270 IDP by providing shelter, beds, showers, laundry, food, and other basic items. They need $6,150/month to cover the cost of providing food for those within their care. We are in the process of providing one month's worth of food for these people this month.

SLOVAKIA
Together with a church in Kosice, Slovakia, we are helping a network of Ukrainian churches that is getting relief into conflict zones and getting people to safety. The network includes a group of churches in a conflict-free area that is providing shelter, food, and other basic assistance for 800 internally displaced people. We can provide 1 kiloton of food assistance for every $1,500 we receive. We are in the process of providing 7-8 kilotons of food this month.

PROGRESS

We are thankful to our generous financial partners as we have received $140,932 for this fund since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In July, we financed a delivery of 2 tons of food to a ministry in Kharkiv. One ton was sent from a Ukrainian seminary that serves as a relief staging point. The other was sent in from Slovakia.

We also funded 5 tons of a 10 ton transport of food that will be distributed to "the hottest war places". Vehicles funded by IAFR will be used for distribution.

Our partner in Slovakia is now working out logistics to get food assistance to Kramatorsk and Zaporizhia.

IAFR funding is also being used to purchase a used vehicle to help a local church ministry in Selydove. In the words of the local pastor, "the issue of a larger transport became acute, because an old small car became insufficient for the effective ministry in the frontline zone during the war. The need for migrants’ transportation and humanitarian and other goods delivery became urgent."

Furthermore, we sent 1 month's food supply this month for 270 IDP in the care of an alliance of ministries in a Ukrainian city in the far west.

In May, we sent 22 kilotons of relief supplies for people in Kremenchuk, Cherkassy, and the Kharkiv.

We have helped fund at least 5 dependable used vehicles 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.

Updated: 28 July 2022

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