Fast facts about the two organizations 4others has chosen to partner with to help victims of the Ukrainian crisis.
In Ukraine, thousands of families have been displaced from war-torn areas. Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) is providing immediate assistance to those who have been forced to leave everything behind and has launched a comprehensive relief program to support them.
Help for internally displaced people arriving in Western Ukraine
HIA has strengthened its center in Berehovo, which can now support tens of thousands of IDP’s arriving in the region. They are supplying food and hygiene supplies from Hungary in response to the current shortage of goods. A cooperation agreement with the Governor of Transcarpathia and close collaboration with local partners help to ensure that donations reach their destination.
Help for refugees arriving in Hungary
HIA has set up an assistance point near the Beregsurany-Astyria border crossing on the Ukrainian side, where they provide food, tea, blankets and hygiene items to refugees who, in many cases, wait long hours with the elderly and small children. HIA also has facilities in Debrecen, Miskolc and Budapest where refugee families in need are welcomed and supported with food, shelter, and psychosocial support.
Implementing an international aid program
As the first international aid organization to arrive in the city of Lviv, HIA has set up a humanitarian relief center and is coordinating the relief efforts of partner organizations associated with ACT Alliance (an international association of church-based relief organizations that has been working in the region for decades). Presently, HIA is distributing drinking water at the city center and operating a play area and hygiene point/diaper station for refugee children at Lviv Arena, the main transit center for refugees and IDPs fleeing the war.
Direct Relief is providing critical medical aid, including wound care and ICU medications, to people affected by the Ukraine conflict.
Direct Relief is working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other partners in the region to provide requested medical aid, while preparing to offer longer-term medical aid to people displaced or affected by the conflict.
Currently, the focus is on treating injuries and other trauma caused by the violence. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Direct Relief has already begun to supply hundreds of emergency medical backpacks. These are intended for first responders working in the field and dealing with injuries and trauma, infections, and other acute medical needs.
In addition, the organization is providing a wide range of urgently requested medical supplies, including oxygen concentrators, antibiotics, Combat Application Tourniquets, bandages, sutures, and critical care medicines. These items indicate mass casualties, although information about the precise number of killed and wounded is still incomplete.