CNEWA’s president, Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, has authorized the release of $850,000 in funds — to date totaling more than $2.7 million — to support church-based efforts to help Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now in its third month.
The aid will strengthen the initiatives of CNEWA’s partners in their work with families displaced within Ukraine and those now in Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
“The level of coordination among the various churches and church organizations in attending to the needs of a people in flight is inspiring,” said Msgr. Vaccari, who earlier in the month visited CNEWA-funded relief efforts in Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine with CNEWA’s chair, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.
“And with the war now taking a different turn, we are now looking at ways we can help Ukrainians heal, emotionally, physically and spiritually.”
UNHCR estimates that more than 7.7 million people are displaced within Ukraine and nearly 6.6 million people have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Although the number of people fleeing the country has declined since March, and an estimated 2 million Ukrainians have returned to their country, intensified assaults targeting the Donbas and coastal areas in the southeast of Ukraine threaten hundreds of thousands of civilians.
CNEWA has rushed more than $2.7 million in funding in five disbursements thus far: $197,500 at the end of January; $217,000 on 11 March; $650,000 on 22 March; $800,000 on 20 April and $850,000 in May. Detailed below are the most recent beneficiaries:
- Relief efforts of Caritas Ukraine in Chernivtsi, Drohobych, Kramatorsk, Kyiv, Ternopil and Zaporizhzhia, including aid convoys, mother and child receiving centers, soup kitchens and provision of basic supplies for families
- Care for the displaced sponsored by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies of Buchach, Kamjanets, Kyiv, Lviv and the Basilian Monastery of St. Joseph in Ukraine
- Medical supplies for Children’s Hospital in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy; emergency palliative care for patients at Lviv’s Sheptytsky Hospital; and assistance to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic military chaplaincy for medical equipment
- Relief efforts of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
- Programs to assist refugee families run by the Greek and Roman Catholic churches in Chisinau, Moldova; Przemysl, Poland; and Kosice, Slovakia
- Refugee receiving centers sponsored by Caritas Hungary and the seminarians at the Romanian Greek Catholic Theologate in Oradea, Romania, for their care of refugee families.
CNEWA has made these emergency allocations thanks to the generosity of its benefactors and partners throughout Canada and the United States.
An agency of the Holy See, CNEWA is present in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe, working for, through and with the Eastern churches, rushing aid to displaced families; providing maternity and health care for the most vulnerable; assisting efforts for the marginalized, especially children, elderly and the disabled; and offering support for the formation of seminarians, religious novices and the laity.
To donate to CNEWA’s Ukraine relief fund, go to: https://cnewa.org/campaigns/ukraine/
Michael J.L. La Civita is CNEWA’s communications director.