One year ago, the Russian onslaught against Ukraine transformed the country overnight.
Women, children and the elderly fled their homes, leaving their brothers, sons and husbands behind to fight — not knowing if they’d ever see each other again. They flooded the borders of neighbouring countries. Ordinary families, like your own, turned into refugees from a war zone in the blink of an eye.
Instantly, our church partners were there, serving the people in need. Having worked with the church in Ukraine for years, CNEWA was uniquely situated to respond with immediacy to the escalation of violence by Russian forces.
Working with Caritas, CNEWA Canada ensured the generous donations received from you in the first months of the crisis would provide families with hot meals, recharging station for cell phones, food supplies, personal hygiene kits, emergency shelter, blankets and clothes.
Priests and social workers provided counsel to the traumatized, and parishes and parishioners opened their doors to the displaced and unsettled. Generous donors like you helped CNEWA Canada to send over $5.7 million to Ukraine in 2022, thus helping to protect and heal Ukrainian families from the horrific violence they’ve witnessed.
FUNDS SENT TO UKRAINE IN 2022 (in CAD)
UKRAINE PROGRAM 2022 AT A GLANCE
In 2022, CNEWA Canada funded close to 100 projects in Ukraine ranging from $200 to $1,200,000. With your support, the following initiatives became possible:
At least 365,000 people received essential aid and support
Close to 6,000 displaced people were hosted
316 priests supported, so that they are able to continue serving those in need
183 seminarians were able to continue studies and serve people in times of war
18 shelters equipped or renovated to host displaced people
9 medical centres were provided with equipment, furniture, renovations and food
At least 6 institutions and 10 parishes were insulated or received generators
CNEWA greatly appreciates the tremendous support provided by all our Canadian donors and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies in Canada, as we continue to work together to help Ukraine in 2023.
The stories of sincere and prayerful generosity for Ukraine are inspiring. We will continue to share them with you as we receive reports from the ground.
Please visit cnewa.org/ca/category/ukraine to learn more about how your donation for Ukraine has made a difference.
NEEDS IN 2023
In 2023, we will provide the following support to displaced Ukrainian families with the help of local parishes, Caritas centres, hospitals, chaplains, seminaries and religious congregations:
• Essentials such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care for the displaced
• Means of surviving power outages such as heating, fuel and power supplies
• Restoring of families’ homes and taking care of orphans
• Psychological and spiritual support for those suffering from trauma
WAYS TO DONATE
• Call 1-866-322-4441
• Visit cnewa.org/ca/work/ukraine
• Mail your cheque to CNEWA Canada 223 Main Street, Ottawa ON K1S 1C4
CNEWA has been supporting the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in reestablishing itself in Ukraine since 1993. Today, with the help of CNEWA’s local partners such as the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Caritas Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Catholic University, donations are reaching people in need throughout the country.
Download a PDF copy of the 2022 Ukraine Report here: