One Year On In Ukraine, Christian Aid Thanks British People For Their Support 

One year on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the international development agency Christian Aid is thanking the British people for ensuring the response in Ukraine “can go beyond the basics of food and shelter.”

The charity, a member of the Disasters Emergency committee (DEC), is also inviting churches from across Britain and Ireland to join in an act of witness to pray for Ukraine, either in Sunday worship or in their community on either Friday 24 or Sunday 26 February.

According to the international development agency, there are 17.7 million Ukrainians in need of aid and still more than 13 million people unable to return to their homes one year on from the invasion.

However, thanks to the funds raised by the Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal, Christian Aid has already been able to deliver £10m of emergency assistance to over 770,000 people affected by the war.

Working through local partners, the charity says money donated by people across the United Kingdom has helped provide shelter and distribute lorry loads of food as well as life-saving medical equipment and hygiene kits for those forced to flee their homes as well as those still close to the frontline where the fighting is relentless.

Patrick Watt, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, said:

In the first phase of our response, meeting people’s most basic needs understandably dominated our work in Ukraine. Revisiting the country earlier this month, I could see how our programme has evolved.

Our partners are now providing children a place to play and form new friendships, and giving parents an active role in designing and running projects.

It is thanks to the solidarity and generosity of the British public, our support for Ukrainian people can go beyond the basics of food and shelter.

Saleh Saeed, CEO of the Disasters Emergency committee (DEC), added:

I’ve just returned from Odesa in Ukraine where I saw what this incredible support has meant to people who have lost so much.

Whether displaced inside Ukraine or those who have fled to other countries, the DEC funds are meeting people’s basic needs – food, medicine, cash, as well as helping children continue their education, providing mental health support and keeping vulnerable people safe.

These funds have meant that we’ve been able to respond at every stage of the crisis and will continue to do so over the next two years as new challenges arise and needs continue to change. It’s making a huge difference to people who are going through the worst time of their life. Thank you.

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