Aid to the Church in Need is committing 1 million euros towards emergency aid to support the work of the Church in Ukraine. The emergency aid will meet essential needs, including heating, lighting, water and food.
Bishop Alan Hopes has asked parishes to make their donations through Aid to the Church in Need for Ukraine – money which will go directly to Ukraine and not to the general fund of the charity. They will also be collecting Lenten Alms for this crisis and for the many refugees.
CAFOD has launched a Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The charity says: “Like you, CAFOD is deeply disturbed by the ongoing attacks on Ukraine. Together, we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and send our prayers to our sister organisation Caritas Ukraine, and those Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, who are already helping people affected by this conflict.”
CAFOD is also part of the wider Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC Appeal). DEC says: “More than a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they now face an uncertain future. Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country.
“Families have been separated. People have been injured. Lives have been lost. Homes have been destroyed or are unsafe to live in. Critical infrastructure such as health facilities, water supplies and schools have also been damaged or destroyed.
“At Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, huge numbers of people are arriving with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) has organised an aid appeal alongside a community partnership of Ukrainian churches and organisations in Great Britain, including The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London.
Organiser, Anna Dezyk, said: “Millions of people in Ukraine are facing an imminent humanitarian crisis. They are in urgent need of medical supplies and relief as they face the prospect of renewed conflict.
“We are working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war.