Ukraine Appeal Update 4 April
As we move into the sixth week of our response, we are pleased to report that over £100,000 has been sent to local organisations providing urgent humanitarian aid in Ukraine and Moldova. We are continuing to send funds to those we already know, and as we discover new partners doing valuable relief work, our network is growing and we are beginning to think about our longer-term response.
Last week, we received a number of reports and requests for further assistance. Some of our partners are now receiving grants from international organisations, yet for many, BEARR has been their only source of funding. One of our partners in Moldova reported the following:
“In the first month of the war, when there were the most refugees and when they were in greatest need, we received help only from you.”
Another organisation, currently providing urgent care to women and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities in southern Ukraine, reported that:
“The BEARR Foundation was the first to launch our projects in 2019, and since the outbreak of hostilities, one of the first to offer support to the people of Ukraine. Once again, we want to thank you for your help and support at such a difficult time for us.”
Thanks to the generosity of BEARR’s supporters, funds from our appeal are not only being used to supply urgent humanitarian aid right now, but are laying the groundwork for civil society’s longer-term response. The same partner in southern Ukraine has already detailed their plans going forward: alongside their current work providing food, medicine and transport to vulnerable people in the area, they are in the process of launching a Women’s Centre. This response is a result of the growing number of women approaching the organisation who have become victims or witnesses of violence during the war. Our partner wants to provide them with a safe space where they can access basic care, connect with people they trust and receive long-term psychological support.
BEARR’s partners all across Ukraine and Moldova are now thinking about how best they can support their communities in the months going forward. One group in eastern Ukraine is already planning to implement a retraining and employment programme for victims and veterans of war. Now well equipped to provide emergency humanitarian aid, trauma response is at the centre of many organisation’s plans. You can find a link to a series of trauma and psychoeducational resources translated into Ukrainian, Polish and Russian on our website here.
As we and our partners look to the weeks and months ahead, we ask that you please continue to share our Ukraine appeal. Many organisations are still in need of urgent supplies to support the growing number of internally displaced people within Ukraine, as well as to support refugees arriving in Moldova and transport care packages to those unable to leave their homes.
We are transferring funds daily to our partners old and new, and will continue to do so quickly to ensure funds from our appeal are reaching those who need it most.
With warm wishes,
The BEARR Trust
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