Caritas Ukraine representatives extend their gratitude to philanthropists from Germany and Austria for their assistance during the abnormal cold spell in Ukraine

Sunday, 25 March 2012, 19:03
Thanks to the assistance of philanthropists from Germany and Austria (€30,000 and €20,000 respectively) during this year’s unusually cold winter spell in Ukraine, Caritas was able to serve almost 1,500 needy individuals with heat and food at 12 emergency stations. In addition, Caritas staff and volunteers initiated home visits and provided necessary medications to specifically needy elderly, doctor visits, and opportunities for the homeless to shower at Caritas centers.

Thanks to the assistance of philanthropists from Germany and Austria (30,000 and 20,000 respectively) during this year’s unusually cold winter spell in Ukraine, Caritas was able to serve almost 1,500 needy individuals with heat and food at 12 emergency stations. In addition, Caritas staff and volunteers initiated home visits and provided necessary medications to specifically needy elderly, doctor visits, and opportunities for the homeless to shower at Caritas centers.

Their community information campaign circulated information on available heated facilities as well as social services and legal counseling. These efforts were summarized in a report by Nadia Chorna, Caritas Public Relations Officer.

Assistance was provided in Caritas branches as well as in mobile vehicles, in specifically equipped tents, located near train stations and central parks in Ukraine’s various cities.  During the effort, generally lasting two weeks (longer in a few regions), there was  close cooperation with city authorities, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, partner organizations, and Christian communities, Overall, Caritas provided the needy with some 12,000 meals.  Simultaneously, this effort enabled the identification of individuals who needed immediate physical and financial assistance and counseling, given that the homeless are usually hesitant to use government sponsored heat-providing facilities, since they are guarded by security agents. Caritas Ukraine extends its heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, volunteers and partners for their willingness to respond and for the kindness and attention accorded the suffering.  

UGCC Information Department

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