2022 in review: War in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine in 2022 continues to cause widespread devastation across the country. There have been more than 160,000 civilian casualties since February, with the real figure expected to be considerably higher.
As the war enters into a new year, the generosity of Caritas Australia supporters means that our partners on the ground, Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Spes Ukraine, can respond to help the most vulnerable communities.
Caritas Ukraine has assisted more than 2.1 million people since the conflict began, while Caritas Spes Ukraine has supported more than 2.9 million people affected by the war.
Since February this year, over 7 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes, in the largest European migration in decades. We are also working with our partners, Catholic Relief Services, to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees who have fled to neighbouring Moldova.
Thank you for your kind and compassionate support. You have made a life-changing difference for families facing war and conflict.
Snapshot of your impact in 2022
853,064 people received essential food aid.
165,985 people accessed clean water.
69,312 children and families were supported with psychological care and access to Child Friendly Spaces to cope with the trauma of displacement.
452,846 people accessed hygiene kits and supplies.
At least 39,171 people accessed temporary safe shelter.
41,342 people accessed basic family medical kits.
Accommodation for displaced refugees
In Moldova, kind-hearted community members opened their doors to house Ukrainian refugees in their homes. With your generosity and the support of our partners, Catholic Relief Services, families fleeing the conflict in Ukraine can find long-term and safe accommodation in Moldova. The program also provides financial support for host families who are housing Ukrainian refugees in their homes.
The program has reached 1,600 Moldovan households who have been supported with incentives for hosting refugees and as a result of the program over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees are now living in safe, dignified transitional accommodation.
First, I was afraid and I did not know where I was going. I was very scared. When I arrived at the border, I did not know where I was going. Volunteers helped me. Someone called me and said they have found a family. This is the same family I am staying with now. They are wonderful people.
Winter in Ukraine
As Ukraine prepares for winter, our partners are responding to make sure that vulnerable people can stay safe and warm through temporary accommodation, heating materials, firewood and other essentials.
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine, and to displaced Ukrainians in neighbouring countries. Caritas Australia will use these donations through our partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries where possible.
Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises across the world. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing needs and future crises across all our regions.