On 24 February 2022, Russia officially launched a military operation against Ukraine, initially from the north, east and south, and since then, the war has spread across the country. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 3.5 million people have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and more than 2,000 people have been killed or injured since late March (figures on 21 March). In addition, a large number of civilian facilities in the country have been damaged, resulting in water and electricity outages. Hospital services face constant power cuts, and people have to face the threat of both war and the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the war, large numbers of civilians have been moving west to neighbouring countries, with Poland hosting the largest number of refugees. According to figures released by UNHCR, as of 21 March, the country received more than two million refugees, while major cities such as Warsaw and Krakow began to reach the limit of capacity and need to divert the flow of refugees.
On 1 March, CEDAR’s partner arrived at the Polish and Ukrainian borders to provide humanitarian supplies, health services, and psychological and counselling support to the refugees. In Poland, our partner also supports the families who receive the refugees, such as distributing necessities, setting up information counters in reception centres, providing services to Ukrainians who have fled to the country, and providing financial assistance.
CEDAR has decided to allocate approximately HK$240,000 to support our partner in providing medical assistance to the people who have fled. We call everyone to pray for a safe evacuation from the war zones and that the Lord will help the various agencies to start their rescue work as soon as possible.
- CEDAR’s partner will provide blankets, warm clothing, daily hygienic supplies, emotional support, financial assistance and information centres to refugees at the Ukrainian border and in Poland.
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(Please specify: Assistance to Ukrainian Refugees)
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If the donation exceeds the above mentioned allocation of funds, the excess amount will be transferred to CEDAR’s ‘Emergency Relief and Disaster Preparedness Fund’. The fund will enable us to respond to immediate needs, and support disaster mitigation in poor nations always being hit by disasters to reduce the amount of devastation.