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Further support for Ukraine from Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal

The Church of Ireland’s Bishops’ Appeal for World Aid and Development is releasing a further €40,000 and £35,000 to Christian Aid and Habitat for Humanity in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding countries.  This brings the total released so far to €50,000 and £43,300.

Donations continue to pour in, and Bishops’ Appeal therefore anticipates releasing more funds shortly after Easter.  Financial support is being utilised as soon as it is received and even in anticipation of being received, such is the need.

Hungarian Interchurch Aid distributes drinking water and other supplies to people in Lviv, western Ukraine.  Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.
Hungarian Interchurch Aid distributes drinking water and other supplies to people in Lviv, western Ukraine. Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.

Partner agencies continue to focus on people who have been displaced within Ukraine and who have become refugees in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. They are providing both temporary shelters and longer–term accommodation, food, money and vouchers, help with travel, and medical supplies, and are responding to more specific needs as they arise.  So far, 10 million people have fled their homes – 3.5 million fleeing to other countries and a further 6.5 million displaced in Ukraine itself.  This makes up nearly one quarter of the country’s population.  

Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh and Chair of the Bishops’ Appeal Advisory Committee, says: “Irish people north and south are known for being big hearted.  The plight of the Ukrainian people has touched many hearts, which is reflected in the generous response to the Ukraine Appeal across the Church of Ireland.”  

A selection of short videos – provided by Habitat for Humanity, ACT Alliance, and the Anglican Diocese in Europe from their responses to the crisis – is available on the Church of Ireland YouTube channel.

Readers can find out more about Habitat for Humanity’s response in Eastern Europe at www.habitatni.co.uk/ukraine and www.habitatireland.ie/ukraine and Christian Aid’s Ukraine appeal at www.caid.ie/ukraine.

Marina and her children were forced to leave their home behind, fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Habitat for Humanity has supported Marina and her children by securing temporary accommodation for them in Poland.  Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity.
Marina and her children were forced to leave their home behind, fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Habitat for Humanity has supported Marina and her children by securing temporary accommodation for them in Poland. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity.
Hungarian Interchurch Aid's help point in the village of Barabás in eastern Hungary provides snacks, drinks and toiletries to Ukrainian refugees. The small village of 700 people has come together to help refugees with local organisations and volunteers working together to get refugees across the border and to provide the support they need. Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.
Hungarian Interchurch Aid's help point in the village of Barabás in eastern Hungary provides snacks, drinks and toiletries to Ukrainian refugees. The small village of 700 people has come together to help refugees with local organisations and volunteers working together to get refugees across the border and to provide the support they need. Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.
Hungarian Interchurch Aid's help point in the village of Barabás in eastern Hungary provides snacks, drinks and toiletries to Ukrainian refugees. The small village of 700 people has come together to help refugees with local organisations and volunteers working together to get refugees across the border and to provide the support they need. Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.
Hungarian Interchurch Aid's help point in the village of Barabás in eastern Hungary provides snacks, drinks and toiletries to Ukrainian refugees. The small village of 700 people has come together to help refugees with local organisations and volunteers working together to get refugees across the border and to provide the support they need. Photo credit: Finn Church Aid/ACT Alliance.
One of Marina's children plays in their new home in Poland. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity.
One of Marina's children plays in their new home in Poland. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity.

Bishops’ Appeal

Bishops’ Appeal is the Church of Ireland’s World Aid and Development Programme. It was set up by the Bishops of the Church in 1972 in response to the commands in the Bible to bring good news to the poor and relief to the suffering.

 

Lydia Monds

Education Advisor
c/o Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal
Church of Ireland House
Church Avenue
Rathmines
Dublin 6
D06 CF67
bishopsappeal@ireland.anglican.org

www.bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org

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