UKRAINE: Salesian programs bring aid and support to Ukrainian refugees – Ukraine
In Poland, Salesian missionaries also send direct aid to Ukraine
(MissionNewswire) Salesian organizations around the world have continued their support for the Ukrainian people, especially the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said more than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine, mostly women and children. Hungary received more than 324,000.
In Hungary, the Salesian Province of St. Stephen the King (UNG) in Budapest is working to help Ukrainian refugees. The Hungarian government has established a National Humanitarian Coordination Council, which works to make cooperation between state, civil and religious organizations as effective as possible.
Salesian communities, oratories, institutes and parishes hosted 140 people, including Nigerian students from kyiv. Salesian schools and oratories provide education to Ukrainian minors and welcome them in activities. The Province and the Salesian Cooperators of Budapest-Óbuda have raised funds to help support these efforts.
Each Salesian institute collaborates with the diocesan Caritas to collect food, children’s clothes, blankets and other basic necessities, which are then provided to people in need by Caritas volunteers. The Vietnamese community in Budapest also filled a supply minibus.
The Salesians of Kazincbarcika, together with the students, the rector of the Salesian community and the local Caritas, also collected goods and transported aid to the border with Ukraine.
“Don Bosco, our founder, said that if brotherly love is as it should be, then the good of one is the good of all, the problem of one is the problem of all. We help wherever we can through prayer and deeds,” said UNG Provincial Father János Andrasfalvy.
In Poland, which has taken in more than 2.1 million refugees, Salesian missionaries are also sending direct aid to Ukraine. The Salesians in Warsaw have provided the Salesians in Zhytomyr with a vehicle which they use to transport food and bring women and children to Poland.
Previously, Fr Michał Wocial, Salesian from Zhytomyr, noted: “Unfortunately, our old Renault Master school bus broke down today during the evacuation of people. Maybe someone would like to borrow or donate a minibus for the evacuation of women and children. “The Salesians in Poland responded to the call with an eight-seater minibus with a large trunk. It left Poland for Ukraine full of supplies, including a generator, food, medical supplies and blankets .
Salesians throughout Italy are also responding to the needs of refugees. The Salesian houses in Sicily can accommodate 56 refugees while 36 host families have opened their houses in the region. In Catania, the Salesian Provincial Direction of Cefalù works in collaboration with the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) to offer an assistance desk open to all Ukrainian citizens in order to offer information on international protection, temporary protection, family reunification, reception and orientation of services. There are also 15 places available for unaccompanied minors in San Gregorio Magno.
Seeing the work of Salesian missionaries in Ukraine and across Europe, the Real Madrid Foundation has included the Salesian Missions in Madrid, Spain, among the beneficiaries of its pledge to donate €1 million to organizations supporting Ukrainians. The Red Cross, UNHCR and Cesal were also included in this donation. Part of the funding will be used to support refugees in Spain. The Real Madrid Foundation also donated 13,000 pieces of clothing and sports equipment to the Red Cross and the Cesal center in Madrid.
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UNHCR — Ukrainian refugees