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.
$1,000,030 has been spent on the purchase and shipment of urgently needed medical supplies. With this an additional $2.5million of donated medical supplies was arranged by the AFUO medical team headed by Dr Liz Paslawsky and donated by Australian hospitals and shipped by Qantas at no cost. The aid is delivered to Ukraine and then distributed to hospitals, clinics and individuals.
Nazaret Rehabilitation Program
This program is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation course designed for the veterans. 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.
IDP Emergency Housing
According to Caritas Ukraine one in three people in Ukraine are displaced. Currently we are working with Rotary Kyiv to initially set up five 200-500 bed dormitories for displaced persons in key locations in Ukraine. This is achieved by re-purposing schools, kindergartens, sanatoriums and halls for accommodation. The cost is $550,000.
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.