More than 7 million people have left Ukraine for European countries, and 11 million have fled their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began.
Forced to flee extraordinary levels of violence and destruction, they have left behind their homes and often their families, leaving them shocked and traumatized. HART and our church partners remain committed to meeting the tremendous physical and spiritual needs of families in crisis. Churches in Ukraine have stepped up like never before to serve people whose lives have been totally upended by this conflict.
WHAT IS HART DOING?
While conditions throughout much of Ukraine is heartbreaking and dangerous, HART and our extensive network of church partners are on the ground serving those in need. Thanks to everyone in HART’s community in Canada and USA – here is what YOU helped us accomplish in the past three months since the invasion began:
FINANCIAL: We provide financial aid for churches serving refugees, helping them convert their churches into hostels, and purchasing food, clothing, and medicines for these traumatized people from Ukraine’s war zones.
DISTRIBUTION CENTERS: Our team has organized & coordinated truckloads of humanitarian aid supplies from Germany to Distribution Centers in Ukraine. From here, teams of volunteers fill up smaller vans for distribution to Central & Western Ukrainian churches who are serving refugees.
FOOD: We are sending weekly semi-truck shipments of life-saving food from Poland into the conflict zones in Ukraine where grocery stores no longer exist. Church volunteers create food packages and deliver them to tens of thousands of families in surrounding villages, towns, and cities, wherever the need is greatest.
VEHICLES: We purchase vehicles in Poland and send them into Ukraine
1) to distribute relief aid and food to 10’s of thousands of people and
2) to evacuate civilians from war zones and get them into safe territories.
AMBULANCES: We purchase ambulances (mobile medical clinics) from Poland and Germany and get them into the war zones to save lives every day. We also provide the medical personnel with body armor and helmets, as ambulances are consistently being fired upon.
WATER: We provide drinking water for communities near the conflict zones whose water supplies have been cut off because of damaged pipes due to Russian shelling.
ORPHANS: Evacuation of orphans to Europe. There are still thousands of orphans that need to be evacuated to the safety of European countries.