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PWRDF strengthens support to ACT Ukraine appeal, with help from MCIC

A Hungarian Interchurch Aid delegation visited Zaporizhzhia in Southeastern Ukraine to strengthen cooperation with local partners and deliver aid – in total, almost 12 tons of relief.

May 16, 2022

By Janice Biehn

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PWRDF will allocate another $70,000 to Hungarian Interchurch Aid’s ACT Alliance appeal supporting Ukrainians on both sides of the Ukrainian/Hungarian border. Through the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, PWRDF will leverage $20,000 of donations received for Ukraine relief with a 2.5 to 1 match, to receive $50,000 from MCIC, for a total of $70,000.

Those, who manage to flee the occupied cities of the Southeast (Mariupol, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Volnovakha) are brought to this refugee reception centre in Zaporizhzhia. Here they receive first aid, food, clothes and other non-food items they need most.

MCIC received $150,000 from the Government of Manitoba to respond to the Ukraine crisis, with the overall goal to “save lives and alleviate suffering of those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.” MCIC then made the funds available to members who submitted a proposal to program a response. PWRDF’s proposal received the maximum amount.

HIA and their local partner Santis Foundation are currently responding to the humanitarian needs in Zaporizhzhia with quick meals, hygiene kits and other non-food items. While HIA and Santis Foundation are making efforts to address the comprehensive needs on the ground, this grant will specifically provide hygiene kits and other non-food relief items to 1,800 internally displaced persons (women, girls, boys and elderly) sheltering at the Zaporizhzhia reception centre seen above.

Most of the project participants will be women and children, with priority being given to those who are most vulnerable, including people with disabilities, pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and those who are sick or elderly. Diapers will be provided to 300 children under five and 300 elderly people, in addition to other hygiene items. Roughly 100 project participants are expected to be elderly men.

PWRDF had previously allocated $100,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal supporting the work of Hungarian Interchurch Aid.  

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