The United Nations states that over 70% of Ukraine and Moldova’s population live in poverty, and Ukraine ranks at the bottom of all social and economic indicators for European countries.
Unemployment, inflation, poverty and despair, inadequate health care, poor nutrition, and alcoholism are common throughout Eastern Europe.
WHY IS THIS? State bureaucrats and oligarchs have teamed up with corrupt politicians throughout 30 years of independence to perpetuate a graft-ridden, Soviet-style system.
Lack of competition results in higher prices for food and commodities than surrounding rich European countries. Salaries are meager and bribing is a way of life here.
This corrupt system has kept millions of Ukrainians and Moldovans impoverished and prompted millions of others to flee to other countries seeking a better life.
POTENTIAL NEW CONFLICT – December 2021
Ukraine is not in a good place right now. Not only is the economic situation worsening, with high unemployment, inflation, and utility costs doubling, COVID continues to ravage the country, and now – all signs are pointing toward a new conflict with Russia as early as January 2022. We are praying that diplomacy will prevail; however, we are already working on a contingency plan for assisting our church partners as they will be at the front lines of helping displaced people should the conflict break out.
HOW WE WORK
All of HART’s relief aid programs and projects emanate from local churches. Our goal is to strengthen and empower indigenous churches to advance the gospel and impact the poor and needy in their own countries.
YOUR SUPPORT will help our local Church partners to administer relief to those in their communities through all of HART’s relief aid programs. This will help restore hope and dignity, encourage self-sufficiency, and provide families with practical assistance.