CNEWA Canada

CNEWA Rushes Aid to Ukraine

CNEWA has distributed over 1 million СAD for emergency aid for Ukrainians in need as follows:

From February to April, CNEWA Canada distributed CAD $922,907 for aid in Ukraine to:

  • Caritas Kyiv and Kyiv Archeparchy for emergency support of the survivors of Russian occupation near Kyiv, care for the displaced and support of local priests.
  • Sheptytsky Hospital in L’viv for its care of the severely ill elderly and the Children Hospital in Sumy for medical supplies.
  • The Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies of Chernivtsi, Sokal-Zhovkva, Buchach, Basilian Institute and St Joseph’s Monastery, Caritas Ukraine, Zarvanytsia Marian Centre, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate for their care centres receiving the displaced.
  • The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Curia for its efforts in caring for the displaced and to bolster its cybersecurity infrastructure.
  • The Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv for their humanitarian support centre and emergency stipends for the students impacted by war.

In late January, CNEWA Canada distributed CAD $195,109 to its partners, such as Caritas Ukraine, the Curia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Catholic University, for their various activities. When the invasion began, these partners immediately spurred into action to provide emergency support for families within Ukraine, reallocating CNEWA funds. Activities included:

  • Supplying the soup kitchen in Mariupol
  • Funding activities to host families in the Eparchy of Chernivtsi 
  • Supporting relief efforts of Caritas in Ternopil
  • Hosting families in welcome centres of Caritas in Zhytomyr
  • Helping families cope with loss of children in Zaporizhzhia

The needs are growing daily, and this is but an initial installment for immediate relief needs, which includes funds for food, medical supplies, clothing, shelter and the support of the critical structures of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine.

Communications with CNEWA’s partners in Ukraine have been fruitful in prioritizing and determining aid to the local churches and Caritas centres. CNEWA is now poised to fund various relief efforts of these local churches, which includes the provision of food, medicine, hygienic kits, clothing and shelter.

CNEWA as a whole agency is also providing help to Ukrainian refugees outside of Ukraine. Please click here to find out more. At the moment, CNEWA Canada’s efforts are focused on helping the displaced people in need within Ukraine.

Volunteers of Caritas Odesa welcome people fleeing from occupation in eastern and southern Ukraine at the Odesa train station (photo: Caritas Odesa)

Long-term needs have yet to be assessed as the situation in Ukraine is very much active with no resolution in sight. However, CNEWA will remain committed to accompanying the local churches in their efforts to meet the needs of all Ukrainians. If you are interested in joining CNEWA’s efforts to assist Ukrainians caught in harm’s way, please visit https://cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/ukraine/.

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