In late February, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain launched the Ukraine Emergency Appeal, to respond to the urgent needs of Ukrainians following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the launch of the appeal, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people from all over the UK. In what was an unprecedented response to an appeal, we received donations from individuals, churches, and community groups and we are so thankful to everyone who donated.
We have been working with humanitarian aid partners, as well as the United Methodist Church in Ukraine and the countries surrounding Ukraine, to help meet the immediate needs of those impacted by the crisis. Since the middle of March, our humanitarian aid partner has been working in Poland as well as West and Central Ukraine to provide rapid emergency assistance to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland for protection and support, and to the internally displaced people affected by the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. Through the appeal, we are helping support their work in several key areas: trauma-sensitive mental healthcare for in Ukraine delivered by psychologists and mental health professionals; Psychological First Aid training for staff and volunteers in Poland, so that they can best support refugees in reception centres manage stress; hygiene kits; and kits of essential items such as towels, bedlinen, cleaning supplies and toiletries for those fleeing the violence. We hope that through the generosity of donors, more than 4,000 people will be reached through this the response.
Through the Ukraine Emergency Appeal, we are also partnering with the United Methodist Church in Ukraine and with the UMC in countries in the region, helping them respond to the vast number of people fleeing from the war. These efforts will focus on finding accommodation for refugees as well as giving food, hygiene products, medicine, and helping with expenses such as rent, travel, and communication. We’ll continue this support throughout 2022.
In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll also be using funds raised from the appeal to help meet the longer-term needs of refugees and internally displaced Ukrainians. This support will include cash transfers to those displaced by the crisis and local organisations supporting them – a flexible, dignified way to help those most in need.
You and your church can find further ways to support Ukrainian refugees and respond to the ongoing crisis by exploring the toolkit put together by the Methodist Church in Britain. You can access the toolkit here: Toolkit
Please give generously to All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal. Your support couldn’t be more vital, as the war continues with no end in sight, and thousands of Ukrainians remain uncertain of their future. To give, go to our appeal page: Ukraine Emergency Appeal – All We Can