Ukraine update: Order of Malta network supports refugees
Pictured: At the Lviv train station and at the borders, up to 1,000 hot meals are served by Malteser aid workers each day. Photo: Taras Gipp / Malteser Urkraine
To everyone who has donated to the Ukrainian aid appeal – thank you. The Australian Association has raised over $80,000 to support the relief effort and the latest report from our International Relief Agency, Malteser International, advises that the combined efforts of the Order’s Associations and organisations that operate in Eastern Europe have so far provided:
- Food, help, and medical assistance to over 200,000 people at border crossings
- Over 30,000 meals to displaced people in Ukraine
- 18 truckloads of medical supplies, food, and other materials, with more planned
- Volunteer mobile medical teams in Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine
However, despite the overwhelming generosity of Order of Malta donors worldwide, there is a need for further aid as the conflict continues.
Since Russia invaded the Ukraine on February 24, 2022, fighting has caused over two hundred civilian deaths and pushed millions of Ukrainians to flee to their homes to neighbouring countries or parts of the Ukraine yet to be targeted.
According to official estimates, more than 200,000 displaced people from eastern Ukraine are currently in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. The city is already overcrowded. Relief organisations like Malteser International receive the arriving people at several assembly points. There, they receive food, warm clothing, blankets, and medical care if needed, and are distributed among shelters. “Tables and benches have been removed from schools – the refugees sleep on cots or on the floor. There are far too many people for the room that is available,” said Pavlo Titko, Head of Malteser Ukraine.
Every day, the Order of Malta distributes food and beverages. At the Lviv train station up to 1,000 hot meals are served each day. During the night, temperature drop to minus twelve degrees.
This sadly is a situation repeated at border countries, where the Order’s Associations and organisations are welcoming refugees fleeing the conflict.
Already 3 million people fleeing the conflict have crossed into neighbouring countries with this figure expected to double. There is an urgent need for food, medical supplies and shelter, as the number of displaced people continue to rise.
Please consider a donation to our Emergency Relief Fund to support those impacted by the conflict. You can do so using one of the following methods:
- DIRECT DEPOSIT to The Order of Malta, BSB 083 453, Acc: 44888 1897 Please use the description “UKRAINE” and email firstname.lastname@example.org to help us identify your donation and issue a receipt.
- CHEQUES made payable to ‘The Order of Malta’ and sent to Ukraine Appeal, The Order of Malta, PO Box 79 Caringbah, NSW 1495
Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and donations of $2 and more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers..
Thank you for your support. Please remember the people of the Ukraine in your prayers during these troubling times.