Ukraine War Appeal

2 Mar 2022

Emergency Response to the war in Ukraine and the extending refugee situation.

UPDATE:

As of Wednesday 2 March 2022, ADRA-UK has raised over £30,000 and we are encouraging everybody to continue helping right now. Your donations are being deployed to ADRA teams responding in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia and Moldova by providing refugees with food, shelter and psychological counselling.

On the 26th February 2022, following the invasion of Ukraine, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) scaled up its operations to deploy humanitarian assistance for children and families displaced by the war. ADRA launched a fundraising campaign to strengthen programmes for refugees from Ukraine and other global communities. According to the United Nations, about 100,000 Ukrainians have been forced to flee from their homes. More than 5 million people are expected to seek refuge in other countries.

“ADRA calls for peace and the protection of the millions of people impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. Join us in prayer for the safety and wellbeing of tens of thousands of children and families who are in harm’s way, are and will be displaced,” says Michael Kruger, ADRA president. “We are taking measures to ensure the protection of our staff on the ground and working with trusted partners and the Adventist Church to ensure our humanitarian aid can quickly reach those in need.”

“ADRA is closely monitoring the situation on the ground. There are refugees on the move inside of Ukraine leaving the cities under attack. Many have already crossed the border into Poland or are now making their way to Slovakia, Hungary, and nearby countries,” says Mario Oliveira, ADRA director for emergency management. “Adventist Church volunteers from those regions are helping us to distribute food, water, hygiene supplies. In Romania, we are already providing shelter to refugees in youth centres and we expect to accommodate hundreds of families’.

The ADRA network has so far been mobilised in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia and Moldova to meet the needs of the refugees and are currently providing much needed food, shelter and psychosocial support for these traumatic events.

Mariia, from Ukraine, tells her story of her flight to Poland: She, her husband and her two sons, aged 11 and 7, travelled four days to the border under artillery fire. Of those, the last 12km was on foot. Arriving at the border they had to wait 8 hours to cross. Having left everything behind, she was then separated from her husband, crossing alone with her sons, as her husband was forced to remain and join the army to fight. With your help ADRA Poland was there to help Mariia and her sons, providing her with food and shelter.

Your financial support is what allows us to help people like Mariia and her sons.

You can continue to support our Emergency Response by donating today.

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