World Vision Provides More Than 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees With Vital Support

In the first 100 days of the Ukraine crisis, global charity World Vision helped 116, 313 refugees including 49,976 children with vital food, education and healthcare,  a new report has revealed.

The global Christian charity is working in the Ukraine itself as well as in Moldova, Romania and Georgia bringing food, healthcare, education and psychosocial support. In the report, 100 Days On: Ukraine Crisis Response the charity outlines its vital work as one of the largest refugee and humanitarian crises since World War Two continues to unfold.

There are 7.1m internally displaced Ukrainians and 6.8m refugees. A third of the population and two-thirds of the children have fled. It is estimated that 24m people will need humanitarian assistance in the months ahead.

“We have rapidly scaled up our projects to implement directly – delivering essential aid to hospitals and host communities in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, working with World Food Programme to hire a team and deliver cash to host communities in Moldova, and creating new programmes giving children safe environments to learn and play in Romania and Georgia.

“The fluid nature of this crisis and the scale of the need means over the past 100 days we have frequently needed to adapt and flex our response to meet daily challenges, while also scaling our response to meet the needs of millions. The scale of the numbers being displaced, the damage to infrastructure and the harm being done to people and places are things we have witnessed in conflicts before.”

Evhen’s story

“I was really worried about her because her mental state was also getting bad. Everyone’s mental state in Ukraine [is] getting bad right now,” Evhen says.

Alla and Evhen travelled by car from Dnipro to Moldova. After crossing the border, volunteer drivers took them to the Egros Refugee Transit Centre in Iasi, Romania, where World Vision is helping Ukrainian refugees.

He is the only member of his friendship group to leave as a refugee and he is worried about his loved ones back home.

Evhen leaves behind not just his friends, but a blossoming career and education. As a second-year university student, he was studying law and psychology and was performing as a theatre actor outside of class. The day the conflict broke out in Ukraine, Evhen was meant to sign a modelling contract. Instead of a career, the arts quickly became a way for Evhen to escape the tragedies happening outside his city. Evhen’s goal now is to find his mother a safe place to stay in Europe and then return to Ukraine.

Masha’s story

Masha is a 12-year-old girl from Zaporizhzhia, who’s been in Georgia for nearly four months now. She came to Georgia for a skiing holiday with family and friends in February but stayed after the beginning of the conflict in her home country.

In Georgia, World Vision has been supporting children from Ukraine from the very first day of the crisis, providing psycho-social support through music therapy, as well as direct assistance with cash vouchers for food, medicine, clothes, and other necessities. The World Vision team was actively involved in supporting families with documentation and has helped more than 70 children enrol in schools to date.

An important part of Masha’s new life has been adapting to studies at her new school. Her teacher recalls, “At the start, she was shy and a little constrained, but now she wears a smile on her face and is well-liked by classmates and teachers alike.”

Masha’s favourite subjects are biology and sports, as well as Georgian, which helps her communicate with her new classmates. Every week she takes part in the extracurricular social and sport activities organised by the World Vision team. Overall, 1424 people (523 children among them) have benefited from World Vision’s Ukraine Crisis Response in Georgia

Mark Sheard, CEO of World Vision UK, says: “The very scale of this humanitarian crisis has meant a multi-pronged response from World Vision in several countries, working alongside other charities as well as governments, schools and medical providers. This has been made possible due to the generosity of those who have donated to World Vision’s Ukraine appeal.

“However, while we don’t yet know the full scale of the devastation, we know the effects of the crisis will be long-lasting. World Vision is, as always, gearing up for ongoing, multi-year response and the ongoing generosity of our supporters will be crucial. Thank you to everyone who has given to our Ukraine appeal. I urge everyone to continue to support us as we continue to provide vital support to Ukrainians. 

We are a Christian organisation that believes that every child deserves to live in peace. We are calling for an immediate end to the crisis and praying for a lasting and just peace, as well as for all of those who have been impacted.

Written by: Jo Duckles

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