Polish volunteers and authorities provide help for Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in Mlyny reception point with buses from the border crossing in eastern Poland. Copyright: Francesco Pistilli

CARE’s response in Ukraine: First deliveries from partner organization on the way

Deliveries with food, hygiene items, diapers, sleeping bags, and mats on their way to Ukraine. Number of refugees will increase in the coming days.

1 MARCH 2022 – The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse by the hour. People in Need, CARE’s partner organization, is providing assistance as quickly as possible. The first trucks with relief supplies are already on their way to Ukraine. They are transporting durable food, hygiene items, diapers, sleeping bags, and mats.

In recent days, more than 500,000 people have fled Ukraine for neighbouring countries. This number is expected to rise to more than one million in the next 48 hours. "We hope that people here will be willing to donate because the need for help for the people in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighbouring countries is enormous," says Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, executive director of CARE Austria.

An emergency relief team from People in Need is in Lviv, Ukraine. Tens of thousands of refugees are pouring into the western Ukrainian city as sirens are blaring and are warning about the threat of a Russian attack.

Reporting from Ukraine, Marek Štys, Head of Humanitarian Aid at People in Need, says: "We expect the number of refugees to increase in the coming days." Emergency workers from People in Need are working on the Slovak border to support people waiting to cross the border safely. Relief supplies, transportation, and shelter—such as isolated tents for the many children among the refugees—have been made available at the border.

Help is also needed at the Romanian border near Moldova. Here, people wait in lines that stretch for miles. There is a lack of water, food, and hygiene items. At all border crossings from Ukraine to neighbouring countries, emergency relief supplies are urgently needed, including sanitary facilities such as mobile toilets.

 

Recently, children have been sent across the border alone. "The parents decide to stay in Ukraine but want to bring the children to safety," says an emergency worker from People in Need.

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