Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, more than eight million people have fled the country, triggering Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. Nearby countries have generously taken in millions of displaced people from Ukraine.
According to the UN refugee agency, more than thirteen million people, or nearly a third of Ukraine’s prewar population, have been displaced since the invasion. Of that, more than five million are internally displaced, while over eight million are refugees living in neighboring countries.
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. Our network of partnerships throughout Ukraine is bringing help and hope to Ukrainians who have lost everything. The incredible power of partnerships — will continue to shine the light of the Gospel amidst this season of darkness.
OUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS:
Because of your prayers and financial support, HART can resource our network of partner churches and assist them in delivering food, clothing, water, medicines, hygiene products, generators, and other assistance. Working together, we are helping tens of thousands of Ukrainians.
When you give to “Refugee Aid – Ukraine Crisis,” your support is doing the following:
- Keeping the Church heated (gas, electricity, fuel, generators).
- Church repairs or renovations caused by refugee influx or shelling.
- Charitable assistance (material, food, and medical): for large families, orphans, widows, the elderly, and the disabled.
- Organization of ‘points of heating,’ hubs for warmth and feeding people.
- Support for children’s, adolescent, family, women’s, and evangelistic ministries.
- Aid to the military (food, clothing, medicine, first aid kits, etc.)
- Assistance to families whose husbands and sons are currently at war or have died (food, medical, material, moral support).
- Organization of daycare centers for children in poverty-stricken families.
- Humanitarian aid to people who are in the liberated territories.
- Assistance to displaced persons and refugees (food, clothing, housing, medicines…)
- Repairing vehicles that transport food & supplies to those living near the front lines.
- Evacuation of people from occupied, dangerous, or recently liberated territories.
- Evangelization services among Russian prisoners of war.
- Support for military chaplains serving soldiers.
- Volunteer assistance in military hospitals.
- Media Ministry (social media, newspapers, brochures, textbooks…)
- Spiritual development of ministry leaders thru conferences, seminars, and training.
Thanks to everyone in HART’s community in Canada and USA – here is what YOU helped us accomplish 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: In the first four months of the war, we sent 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 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 from Poland and Germany to provide emergency medical care for civilians and soldiers in war zones. Because the Russians have destroyed over 300 Ukrainian hospitals, these ambulances (mobile medical clinics) are effectively ‘hospitals on wheels.’ They are looking after the medical needs of those living close to the war zones. The ambulances also allow doctors to go to smaller villages and bring children born outside the hospital under professional care. One ambulance doctor said, “It is very important that we help not only to save the lives of soldiers defending Ukraine, but also the lives of their children.”
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: We assisted in the evacuation of 1,500 orphans from Ukraine to several European countries.