Update: Humanitarian Response to Russia / Ukraine War

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The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services immediately placed a humanitarian response to the conflict and war happening in Ukraine. We’re working with the local government, providing sanctuary and support, accommodation, and delivering essential items.

Responding across Europe

The Salvation Army has responded to the needs of refugees in all but two of the European countries in which we operate, by providing food, hygiene, practical advice, and spiritual care. As always, this care is offered without prejudice or discrimination to all those in need.

  • In Ukraine, we’re providing relief such as sandwiches, hot meals, hot drinks, drinking water, and other non-food items to internally displaced people in various locations.
  • The Eastern Europe Territory and International Headquarters (IHQ) International Emergency Services (IES) are in daily contact with corps officers in Lviv. There are also plans to implement a ‘care for the carers’ package to support all responders with additional spiritual care.
  • More than 500,000 refugees have crossed the border into Hungary, with countless volunteers helping to provide for people in need. 52 pallets of relief supplies have arrived from The Salvation Army in Switzerland, whilst Salvation Army personnel have travelled almost 9,000 kilometres and spent 1,500 hours in recent weeks helping Ukrainian refugees in Hungary.
  • During the time of the humanitarian corridor in March, the Salvation Army team in Moldova managed to send urgently needed medical items across the border where a team from Ukraine transported them to a children’s intensive care unit in Odesa. Several trips to transport further items have taken place since.
  • Other host countries have also offered sanctuary and support. These include Austria where The Salvation Army is networking with partner organizations to help those who have escaped from the war zone.
  • In Le Havre, north-western France, The Salvation Army is officially responsible for the social support of Ukrainian refugees, both in the first emergency reception centres and in more permanent accommodation.
  • The Salvation Army took on responsibility for one of Norway´s largest refugee emergency accommodation centres. Housing 700 Ukrainian refugees for two to three months at a time, before they are offered permanent housing in the municipalities.

Read the full story here: Update: Salvation Army Humanitarian Response to Russia/Ukraine War – Salvation Army Canada (salvationist.ca)


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