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Support the people of Ukraine

Following the Russian invasion of the country in the early hours of Thursday, February 24, the capital city of Kyiv and the eastern city of Kharkiv were targeted with attacks that quickly spread across central and eastern areas of the country. In less than 24 hours, attacks displaced people from their homes, especially in those cities and towns in the east. Both the Pontifical Mission Societies, which are the pope's charities, and Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, are working to help the Ukranian people.

Pontifical Mission Societies

The Pontifical Mission Societies is supporting the countless priests, religious sisters and brothers, and lay pastoral leaders are also working hard to care for children and families caught in the turmoil in Ukraine. They are in urgent need of food, water, and basic aid. Pope Francis, who has asked for support of the people of Ukraine, tells us, “In God, no act of love, no matter how small, and no ‘generous effort’ will ever be lost.” [Donate here.]

Catholic Relief Services

Throughout this time, Caritas Ukraine, with support from CRS, has been providing emergency relief and recovery.

Initial urgent efforts and plans to support displaced families include the following:

  • Field kitchens to provide food.
  • Reception services at Caritas offices, train stations and other locations for displaced families in transit. These will provide information, referrals, food, water, hygiene items and psychosocial support.
  • Transportation of displaced families to friends, families and local social services.
  • Evacuation centers providing shelter, food and psychosocial support for displaced families. These centers will include support to address emotional care, including case management and child‑friendly spaces.
  • Evacuating vulnerable children from centers in conflict areas to centers in safe zones.

Neighboring countries: CRS is helping Caritas Moldova and Caritas Romania prepare for potential waves of displaced people, mapping out a likely initial response and conducting assessment and planning sessions with its network near Ukraine’s borders.

CRS has supported Caritas Ukraine in its emergency efforts since the conflict began in 2014, by providing shelter, food and livelihood support for individuals and families displaced and affected by crisis. Emergency assistance supports people who have been displaced to safe areas, as well as conflict‑affected residents in isolated settlements.

In its emergency response efforts, CRS takes a holistic approach to comprehensively meet people’s immediate and long‑ term needs. These include food, water and safe, dignified shelter, as well as counseling and care for psychosocial needs, opportunities to strengthen livelihoods and the resources to rebuild homes.

More than 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine erupted into conflict in 2014. More than 2 million people in Eastern Ukraine have fled their homes as a result of the armed conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist groups in the Crimean and Donbas regions of eastern Ukraine. {Donate here.]

Knights of Columbus Solidarity Fund

Working with Knights of Columbus councils iin Poland, as well as with the Latin and Greek Catholic churches in Ukraine, the Knights have been providing temporary shelter, food, clothing, medical attention, and other support to the thousands of Ukrainian refugees. One-hundred percent of donations received go directly to support humanitarian aid in Ukraine. You can make a donation here.