The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates that as of early August, 117,910 people had been displaced within Ukraine and 168,677 people had crossed the Russian border in search of safety as a result of this conflict. These figures are estimates, and the actual numbers are believed to be higher.
In the midst of this conflict, World Renew and its partners are responding with food assistance as well as counseling and employment assistance for those who have been forced from their homes.
The people who are displaced are mostly vulnerable women and children who are fleeing to central and western Ukraine, as well as the Rostov region of Russia. Many are in desperate need of food assistance. In Luhansk city, for example, food supplies are not properly replenished and shops are working with reduced hours to sell the existing stocks of food, and one city supermarket has been shelled.
World Renew is partnering with Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM), Association for Spiritual Renewal (ASR) and Russian Ministries, to provide food packages to internally displaced families. Russian Ministries and ASR are also striving to provide assistance to families that are trapped in the war zones and unable to leave.
In addition to food assistance, World Renew’s partners are providing seminars and materials to pastors and Christian counselors to equip them to provide holistic outreach and counseling to affected families.
ASR is also providing coaching to people in finding jobs in their new areas of residence, to help reduce their reliance on food assistance and help them settle more into the regions where they are currently living.
To support World Renew's response to the conflict in Ukraine, please donate online.
Cheques marked “Ukraine Conflict 2014” can also be sent to:
World Renew US
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
World Renew Canada
P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8