Forgotten People

The Order’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

 “Thank you for the support you give to our country in this difficult moment” – Ukrainian Relief Service

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, more and more lives are being lost, homes, hospitals and schools destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced.  Infrastructure damage is affecting electricity and water supplies, road blockages mean people cannot reach food or medical care. Those fleeing their homes have few resources as they enter neighbouring countries as refugees. 

The Order of Malta is recognised in the Ukraine and in the surrounding region as a trusted, essential and frontline provider of food, medicine, medical care and social assistance to the most vulnerable people.  The following map shows the current scope and scale of this work.

Food, medicine, shelter, welcoming of refugees, care for the elderly and disabled who are not able to flee.  This is the work the Order has carried out for centuries, these are the people who need our help now.

Already skilled and experienced in caring for those in need, the Order of Malta is well positioned to respond to this crisis and the longer-term care of the victims of this catastrophe.  The bodies of the Order involved have been supported by the Global Fund for Forgotten People for the last decade.  Their rapid and substantial response to this crisis demonstrates the fruits of that investment and we continue to source and coordinate support through the Order’s network.

As the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine decreases, an estimated 15.7 million people are in need of protection and services and entities of the Order are beginning to look at how best to provide long term care. Many people have been assisted in finding long term accommodation and are being supported in building a new life for themselves. Some countries are offering language lessons, and help accessing employment, schools, and available social services. Psychosocial support for those traumatised by war also remains an important focus in the care provided by the Order. The Ukrainian Relief Service is providing ongoing support to vulnerable, immobile communities who have remained in Ukraine.

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