The compassion of the UK public towards Ukraine has been praised by a charity spending millions in the war-torn country.
Christian Aid will target £8 million toward vital supplies for people there, which will come from the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal which has raised more than £300 million. The sum represents almost £4.50 for every UK adult.
The huge figure prompted DEC member Christian Aid to pay tribute to the generosity of the British public.
Michael Mosselmans, head of the Humanitarian Division at Christian Aid, said: “Amid all the carnage of war, it always fills me with hope when I see how people – like in previous emergencies around the world – support their neighbours, communities and complete strangers.”
The donations have been made alongside more than 138,000 UK people signing up to house refugees under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
In the country itself, Christian Aid is working with local partners to provide medical supplies, first aid kits, baby incubators, food and shelter.
The international development agency and its partners are focusing on sustaining community-led initiatives, on the basis that local people
know where help is needed most.
Michael Mosselmans added: “The protection of vulnerable displaced people is central to humanitarian action and this response is no different. To this end, Christian Aid’s local partner has distributed 5,000 SIM cards so that families can keep in touch and set up safe zones at train stations to ensure women and children are not exploited by predatory gangs of people traffickers.”
Christian Aid’s funds will be distributed through cash for basic needs, food and work to help with healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection and shelter.
DEC has 13 member charities that are responding to the crisis.
Saleh Saeed, DEC chief executive, said: “We are seeing the real impact of the work they are doing, whether that is incubators for babies born under bombardment in Ukraine or vital protection work to ensure that vulnerable refugees are kept safe as they flee.
“We are incredibly grateful to the generous British public, to all the inspiring people and organisations that continue to do all they can to support people affected by this devastating conflict.
“We have seen everything from homemade badges sold in village shops to beautiful limited-edition artwork and of course, the Concert for Ukraine, which was broadcast not only nationally, but inside Ukraine as people watched the visible display of support from laptops in underground bunkers. It feels as though everyone is doing their bit and more.”