Episcopal Relief & Development supports ACT Alliance response to crisis in Ukraine – Episcopal News Service
Episcopal Relief & Development supports Action by Churches Together (ACT Alliance) as it provides critical assistance to support those affected by violence in Ukraine. Working through ACT member, Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) and other local organisations, ACT Alliance provides emergency aid such as food, shelter, water and supplies basis for refugees and displaced persons in Ukraine.
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that as of March 8, more than two million people have left Ukraine since Russian forces invaded the country, making it the fastest growing refugee crisis. fastest since World War II. Damage to civilian infrastructure has left thousands of people without electricity or water. Homes were damaged and destroyed, displacing hundreds of thousands of people inside the country. People are fleeing to neighboring countries like Poland, Hungary and Romania and their long-term destination is unclear.
On February 27, HIA set up a refugee assistance point on the Ukrainian side of the border in Beregsurány where volunteers provide hot tea, sandwiches, refreshments, blankets and basic hygiene items to refugees. , who often wait long hours to cross the Hungarian border. . These refugees include many children and elderly people. HIA is in contact with its network of churches and organizations, as well as local governments in Hungary, to coordinate cash assistance, shelter, food and medicine for the displaced people.
The ACT Alliance is setting up similar assistance points in other border towns to help people leaving Ukraine. It works through local partners to help refugees in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland.
Episcopal Relief & Development is also working with the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the Diocese of Europe, the Anglican Alliance and United Society Partners in the Gospel as churches prepare to mobilize on potential immediate and long-term responses to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Romania, Hungary and other parts of Europe.
“Episcopal Relief & Development was founded by the Episcopal Church to help people fleeing violence during World War II,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We remain committed to supporting our partners on the ground as they respond to the immediate and long-term needs created by this crisis.”
Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners continue to provide assistance to those displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.