Emergency aid to Ukraine
Ukrainians have been crying for help since 24 February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine. ACN was one of the first organizations to come to their assistance when the war broke out and committed 1.3 million euro emergency aid to 4,879 priests and religious brothers and 1,350 religious sisters in the country read more. The first cities to receive immediate help were: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhya, Odessa, and others in the region of Donetsk.
“The Church must be with its faithful, with its people. We should remain with them, so that our laity is not left alone, without spiritual support, especially in such a difficult time. As Christ himself teaches us, we should be as shepherds, and not abandon our flocks”
Fr. Antonio Vatseba, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Priest
ACN enables the presence of priests and religious with their people, with the refugees, in their parishes and convents, in the orphanages and homes for single mothers and aged and sick people. To ensure that they help the people in need, the charity has launched a second aid package, which will go directly to religious, priests and seminarians who have been hosting and caring for the millions of displaced Ukrainians read more. The help will also be used to purchase generators to supply energy for shelters and vehicles to transport the goods and material donations.
For about 1,9000 Catholic priests who carry out their ministry bringing the Word of God and hope to the war-weary people, refugees, and soldiers at checkpoints, the Pontifical Foundation has been sending over half a million euros in Mass Stipends read more.
ACN’s help to Ukraine
Since the armed conflict, which resulted in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, ACN has supported the Greek Catholic and Latin Catholic communities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea, and Kyiv-Zhytomyr with more than 350,000 euros.
Despite being cut off from the rest of Ukraine, with the help of the Pontifical Foundation, priests and religious sisters could offer emergency help and pastoral care for their communities; military chaplains could carry out their mission in eastern Ukraine; and people that fled the conflict areas around Luhansk and Donetsk could be assisted by the diocese of Kyiv-Zhytomyr.
Ukraine is one of the countries which have received the most aid from ACN in recent years read more.
How to help Ukraine now?
Since the Church decided to stay with the people, ACN’s priority is to uphold the Church within the country and support those who cannot or will not flee.
“It is important that the Ukrainians realise that their fellow believers around the world will not forget them, and ACN will continue to look for ways to help effectively, on the ground, through the local Church”
Magda Kaczmarek, project manager of ACN for Ukraine
The Pontifical Foundation is helping Ukraine with emergency aid and prayers.
How can I help Ukraine?
You can also help Ukraine now through prayer and material contribution.