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Effects of the war in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Ukraine Appeal

17.6 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Your support can provide vital shelter, food, clean water and protection to vulnerable families fleeing conflict. 

 

 

 

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2 year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine

30,457 civilian casualties

including over 10,500 deaths

6.5 million people

have been displaced overseas

3.7 million people

have been displaced within Ukraine

17.6 million people

now need humanitarian assistance

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Caritas staff at a winterisation project in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Our partners are on the ground, providing vulnerable communities with:

Food & clean water

More than 2 million displaced people have received food and 380,000 have received clean water

Emergency shelters

Over 500,000 people have been able to access shelter 

Medical support

More than 100,000 people accessed basic family medicines and 800,000 people received hygiene supplies

Psychosocial support

290,000 people accessed psychosocial support services, including vulnerable children

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Civilian infrastructure in Ukraine continues to be targeted including water supplies, gas and electric supplies, hospitals, and homes. There has been extensive destruction of essential services, leaving millions without power, heating and water through the brutal winter cold, as the government tries to ration the existing resources and energy. 

Currently, the most urgent needs are helping displaced people access safe shelter, emergency food, water, hygiene kits, medication and psychosocial support.   

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Tanya and her son, Nikita, are among the many refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine. Photo: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Germany

Caritas Ukraine, Caritas-Spes Ukraine and other Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries continue to provide urgent support to displaced people. The Caritas Ukraine network is supported by 448 parish hubs and more than 1200 employees covering most regions of Ukraine and providing services in urban and rural areas.

With your help, our partners have been able to assist 4.2 million people affected by the war through a joint emergency response.

With the support of our partners Catholic Relief Services, over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees are now living in safe, dignified transitional accommodation in neighbouring Moldova. 

With the added support from our Ukraine Crisis Appeal, Caritas Australia are actively able to provide continued help to those facing conflict in Ukraine. Through your generous donations, Caritas Australia can offer various forms of assistance, such as emergency aid, medical supplies, food and shelter for those who have been affected by conflict in the region.

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Two years of war in Ukraine - Update from Caritas Ukraine

"The widespread impact of this war on civilians is also creating a legacy of mental and physical trauma that is particularly impactful on the development and wellbeing of children. Our partners on the ground are also telling us that the war has compounded pre-existing inequalities and challenges faced by women and marginalised groups, as well as increasing the risk of gender-based violence.”

Sally Thomas, Humanitarian Emergencies Lead, Caritas Australia

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A child holds a teddy bear in the ruins of the war in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Stories from the ground in Ukraine

Illyena with her nine-month old baby.  Photo: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Poland
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Illyena with her nine-month old baby. Photo: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Poland

Illyena's story

23-year-old Ilyena, her husband Andrei and their 9-month-old son Bagdan, decided to flee Kharkiv. After sheltering in a crowded metro station, they walked for hours through dark metro tunnels until they reached their car. It took them six days to drive to the Polish border. After they crossed, volunteers from Caritas Poland helped Illyena access a sheltered room for mothers and children, where she can access the necessities she needs to care for Bagdan. Andrej had to stay behind as most Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 cannot leave the country.  

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Shelter for children in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier
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Shelter for children in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Welfare of children

The welfare and safety of children is a priority for Caritas Australia, our partners in Ukraine, and all organisations in the Caritas network. 

In Ukraine, there are several programs that focus on children, including children's shelters, child-friendly spaces, and psychosocial support. 

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A Caritas warehouse on fire following a bombing raid in September 2023. Photo: Caritas Spes Lviv
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A Caritas warehouse on fire following a bombing raid in September 2023. Photo: Caritas Spes Lviv

Attack on Caritas-Spes Ukraine warehouse left 300 tons of humanitarian supplies burned.

On the night of September 19, 2023, Russian troops hit an industrial enterprise in Lviv, where a Caritas-Spes Ukraine humanitarian aid warehouse was located. Caritas-Spes Ukraine employees were unharmed, but the warehouse with everything inside burned to the ground.

33 pallets of food packages, 10 pallets of hygiene kits and canned food, 10 pallets of generators and clothes were confirmed as destroyed.

Thanks to your generous support, the Caritas network is able to recover from disasters such as this, and continue to bring urgent aid to those who need it most. 

 

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Many families in Moldova, like Olga's, have welcomed Ukrainian refugees into their homes. Photo: Caritas Moldova.
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Many families in Moldova, like Olga's, have welcomed Ukrainian refugees into their homes. Photo: Caritas Moldova.

Olga's Story

As part of our Ukraine response, we are supporting CRS Moldova to provide transitional accommodation to Ukrainians displaced by the conflict. The program also provides financial support to families like Olga's, who are housing Ukranian refugees in their homes. 

"I was watching TV, and I started to cry, seeing what destruction there is in Ukraine...when [the refugees] got to my house, those kids, they started crying and got on their knees. And they say, "Mum, it is so good here."'

-Olga

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Latest news

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A destroyed church in a rural village in Ukraine that was used as target practice by Russian troops with cluster bombs. Photo credit: CAFOD.

Caritas Australia welcomes a $31m government investment into Ukraine aid

The Australian Government has announced that it will provide a further $31m of assistance to help meet Ukraine’s energy and humanitarian needs. Funding will be split between the provision of heat and electricity to Ukrainians, supporting the UN as it coordinates supplying essentials such as food, shelter and water, and a UN partnership focused on supporting persons with disabilities.

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A child holds a teddy bear in the ruins of the war in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Caritas partners in Ukraine detail a new wave of displacement

Caritas Australia’s partners in Ukraine report intensified hostilities in front-line areas and border communities, triggering a new wave of displacement as security concerns heighten and aid becomes harder to deliver.

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Caritas staff at a winterisation project in Ukraine. Photo: Caritas Wien/Elisabeth Sellmeier

Humanitarian conditions in Ukraine remain grave two years into the conflict

The 24th of February 2024 marks the two-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. To date 6.3 million people have been displaced overseas with a further 3.7 million displaced within Ukraine. There have been 29,731 civilian casualties including over 10,000 deaths, and 14.6 million people now need humanitarian assistance. 

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I would like to give

can provide a social worker for one week to support displaced families

Other amount

Can provide warm blankets to families living in a refugee camp

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.

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