Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine


Our Response

It pains our hearts to see the situation unfolding in Ukraine, and we cannot simply ignore the suffering of the people. The humanitarian crisis is worsening in Ukraine. Many are being displaced - families are torn apart and many have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries as refugees.

CHARIS has committed an initial S$100,000 from our Humanitarian Aid Fund to meet the humanitarian needs that are rapidly escalating, supporting Caritas Ukraine and Caritas SPES, who are on the ground reaching out to all those in need, as well as other Caritas/partner organisations that are responding to the arising needs from this humanitarian crisis.

CHARIS has also opened up a collection for Catholics in Singapore to chip in to support all who are affected on 3 Mar 2022, and the collection was closed on 31 Mar 2022.

Periodic updates will be reflected on the campaign page.

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Prior to the open conflict occurring in Ukraine which started in the early hours of 24 February 2022, the local population was already living in adverse circumstances. Tetiana Stawnychy, President of Caritas Ukraine, says “there were already 2.9 million local people on both sides of the contact line who were in need of humanitarian assistance. Today, that number is increasing exponentially”. The situation has caused a loss of civilian lives, livelihoods, damage to infrastructure, food shortages, and displacement.

According to UNHCR’s latest statement on 28 Feb 2022, 520,000 people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries amidst the turmoil, and the numbers are rising drastically.

As the conflict intensifies, there is a pressing need to support the vulnerable and those who have been displaced. People are forced to move, arriving at train stations, bus stations, and administrative hubs in dire need of information and assistance; transportation to friends, family, and safe spaces for shelter and support; food, water, and items to protect from the harsh winter environment. Some also require urgent connections to pharmacies or doctors for medical needs, assistance with legal documents, and psychosocial support.