Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine our focus changed completely to provision of emergency services to displaced persons in Ukraine (food, shelter/hygiene products, medical aid, clean water, clothing etc) via our on the ground partner Caritas Ukraine. We have spent $1,250,015 on the program so far and contributed to the following:
Assistance provided to 1,182,978 people
621,906 food packages delivered
247,143 hygiene kits delivered
33,034 kits with bottled water provided to areas with limited/no access to clean water
79,277 sets of bedding distributed
23,843 people were provided with emergency accommodation
7,606 people received psychological consultations
31,667 people received legal aid and special assistance services
Since 2015 we have been helping people in need in Ukraine. And now we are in need of your donations more than ever.
Ukraine Crisis Appeal donations have funded over $2.3 million of critical lifesaving medical supplies.
The AFUO medical committee sourced millions of dollars of medical supplies were generously donated by Australian hospitals and medical providers.
Our partners CH2 and RAWCS aided with storage and packing, and QANTAS with free airfreight of the shipments to the United Kingdom.
Numerous volunteers navigated the logistical challenge of transporting our medical supplies from the United Kingdom to Ukraine.
Many brave Ukrainians volunteers distributed the medical supplies to regions and medical facilities across Ukraine, including:
👉 47,048 Israeli bandages
👉 102,962 tourniquets
👉 24,400 hemostatic gauze
👉 20,216 space blankets and sleeping bags
👉 100,000 dried protein meals
👉 1,800 Infusion pump sets
👉 412 orthopedic kits and related supplies
👉 40 Portable ultrasounds
👉 172 defibrillators
👉 2,000 medical backpacks
👉 4 airline pallets of antifungal tablets
👉 30 airline pallets of fire & rescue kits including thermal imaging cameras, rescue equipment, and uniforms
👉 General consumables including IVs, catheters, syringes, oximeters, first aid kits, bandages, thermos blankets, and more.
IDP Emergency Housing
Ukraine Crisis Appeal has spent $2.56 million dollars, establishing 18 shelters housing 9000 displaced children, women, the elderly, and men across the most devastated regions of Ukraine.
Our goal is to establish at minimum 30 more such shelters across Ukraine.
In April 2022, Ukraine Crisis Appeal, together with the NGO "Rotary Club Kyiv International" launched a large-scale project, the aim of which is to equip long term temporary accommodation for internally displaced people in Ukraine.
Volunteers of the Rotary Club Kyiv International have ensured effective cooperation with local authorities and heads of shelters, finding the necessary premises, goods, their purchase, and delivery, as well as quality control of the performed work.
Shelters are completed in as little as 2 weeks by volunteers working tirelessly repurposing public buildings, kindergartens, sanitoriums and halls. All shelters have bunkers for added safety.
The shelters are warm, clean, and comfortable. They are equipped with bedding, furnishing, white goods, kitchen fit outs etc. which is all band new and purchased in Ukraine.
The purchase of equipment in Ukraine is a mandate as it supports the Ukrainian economy and provides employment in manufacturing.
The residents are the casualties of war, they have lost everything they own. In many cases their homes demolished and unrepairable. Several lost their homes in 2014 when the war first broke out, they rebuilt and have now lost everything again.
To further support our residents professionally run health, mental health and children’s education support and wellbeing programs have been introduced into the shelters.
Approx Shelter cost: $ 143,000 AU
Approx.: $285 per bed
Safe Homes Project
Caritas Ukraine Safe Homes project is providing appropriate domestic settings and immediate complex psychosocial support to displaced families with children including psychological aid, organized children’s leisure activities, restoration of learning process as well as fostering the integration of internally displaced persons into the hosting community.
Services and support include:
Specialist assistance and counselling to assist residents overcome the trauma of war and to regain confidence and life skills to work and live unsupported.
Only one family accommodated per room to provide the necessary privacy required for individual family units to navigate through their own journey of recovery.
- Encouraging socialisation by assisting with employment and children’s local school attendance.
Encouraging self-sufficiency through community gardens, farming, common projects etc.
- Serenity and security with the shelter tucked away in the woods of a village and gated to enable additional level of security comfort.
Per Safe Home project cost of repurposing a building, fit-out and a 12-month program is $AUD175,000.
Scholarships for Cancer Specialists
Cancer patients in Ukraine are particularly vulnerable. The war will delay diagnosis, prevent access to treatment and potentially expose ordinary mums and dads and children to carcinogenic substances.
A team of oncology health specialists in Australia and USA have formed Help Ukraine Group (HUG), connecting with cancer care providers in Ukraine, identifying the most urgent needs and finding practical solutions.
While hospitals are in ruins, there is the opportunity for Ukrainian health professionals to upskill, enabling the rebuilding of Ukraine in line with international standards.
We have already secured 2 positions for medical physicists with the ICON Group in Brisbane and Sydney. Our aim is to fund at least another 2 positions in each of the following professions: radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, oncology surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists.
Nazaret Rehabilitation Program
Substance or alcohol addiction is one of the greatest demons of post war trauma and impacts the whole family.
This program is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation course designed for the veterans with the support of their families.
Thanks to the funds of the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, the Nazaret Centre has been equipped with rooms for people with disabilities to ensure accessibility for all. The first group of veterans together with family members have completed the course.
A 12-month program focuses on veterans, but families must also undergo several weeks of counselling. This gives them an understand of how to support their loved one.
63 veterans and 30 wives are undergoing a specialist in-house rehabilitation program at Nazareth Rehab Centre
10 coaches will be identified and trained to commence a “Veteran Peer Support Groups.”
Renovations were made within the centre to accommodate disabled veterans.
With the expansion of the war and the displacement of vulnerable families 160 people currently live in Nazareth these are children, women, men. Nazareth became a place of salvation from addiction and from the war. A place of support, shelter, and safety.
Among the residents there are many people who have disabilities and need physical recovery. Specialist therapist and mental health workers support the residents on a daily basis.
Year 1 Annual cost: $123k AU
Year 2 Annual cost: Est: $175 AU
The russian invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine in early 2014 and ongoing fighting led to the death of more than 9,000 soldiers and over 20,000 casualties.
So, how we helped? By designing special programs with Caritas.
The aid programs that Caritas Ukraine operate specifically for veterans and their families address:
psychological and psychosocial support
health care, home-based care
prevention of orphancy
prevention of institutionalization of children
prevention of violence and discrimination
advocacy, public policy-making
Prior to February 24, 2022, The Ukraine Crisis Appeal successfully funded Professional Occupational Therapy skills training courses in Ukraine.
Occupational Therapy is an essential service which has life changing benefits for those with disabilities, such as Veterans and any individuals with needs for rehabilitation. Thanks to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, an official skills course and materials were created, and the first round of training was successfully completed.