The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has lasted 2 years already – over 3 million people are in dire need of humanitarian help. We would like to ask you for your help. A third of these people are elderly, and women and children face a particularly difficult situation.

A canteen, where the elderly are given a warm meal/Ukraine, March 2016, photo by PAH

Due to the conflict which started in April 2014 more than 2.6 million people were displaced – 1.3 million found refuge in other parts of Ukraine, and 1.3 million left for neighbouring countries (mostly Russia and Belarus). Both internally displaced persons and those unable to fly to conflict zone need humanitarian help. 80% of those in need are the elderly, woman and children. The needs are profound – there’s no electricity, food, gas or water, access to medical or psychological help is scarce. The Ukrainian society supports its compatriots with great solidarity, but external help is also much needed.

We have been helping Ukraine since 2014, and our permanent mission has been present there since 2015. We are focusing now on helping the elderly and single mothers. Thanks to the generosity of the Poles we were able to provide the internally displaced persons with medicines, foodstuff, toiletries, blankets, sleeping bags, fuel and construction materials to repair war-damaged houses. A few refugee centres were equipped with kitchen utensils, and a number of hospitals and med centres in most needed medicines and medical provisions.

Since May 2015 PAH has been conducting a permanent mission in Ukraine to develop long-range actions together with local organizations. Currently we are cooperating with canteens where the elderly people can get warm, high-calorie meals. We also reach to those who are unable to leave their homes due to age or health. PAH has been providing the elderly with warm clothing and food packages and with psychological help. Currently we are supporting more than three thousand senior citizens, ever expanding our range and getting to more and more people. Actions for seniors are undertaken thanks to the support from ECHO and OFDA (Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance). Also 100 single mothers are supported monthly by PAH (thanks to the support of Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program) with means to buy food, clothes, toiletries or medicines.
Polish Humanitarian Action plans to continue and expand our actions in Ukraine, therefore we apply to you:
People of Ukraine need our help!

Donate to PAH:
Account number: BPH S.A. 91 1060 0076 0000 3310 0015 4960 including the note "Ukraine", IBAN number: PL91 1060 0076 0000 3310 0015 4960 SWIFT: BPHKPLPK