Misean Cara is pleased to provide a short update from the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers in Ukraine and Poland about their continuing involvement in the humanitarian response in aid of refugees from Ukraine.
The Salvatorians have been present in Ukraine since 2011, with a parish in Lviv and several other locations around the country. Since the very first days of the war in Ukraine, the Salvatorian communities in Ukraine and Poland were providing direct help to the people in Lviv as well as those arriving there after fleeing from other areas of the country, with relief supplies including food, hygiene articles, medications and shelter. The Polish unit of the Salvatorians has also been coordinating through the Polish Conference of Superiors, working with Polish households willing and able to accept refugees, while others are being hosted at the Salvatorian community centre in Bagno.
UPDATE ON THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE OF THE SALVATORIAN FATHERS AND BROTHERS IN UKRAINE AND POLAND – April 2022
DELIVERY OF ESSENTIAL FURNITURE AND GOODS IN UKRAINE
In the past two weeks, several trucks and small vans containing medicines, food and mattresses have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border. Fr Damian of the Salvatorians takes care of the hundreds of people who are temporarily accommodated around Lviv – in gyms, ecclesiastical buildings, community halls and other public spaces – by delivering the goods to them. “People will probably have to live here for a long time,” he says, “We have provided them with the basic material they need like tables, chairs, beds.” Another truck with groceries was brought to Butscha to feed the locals.
AN AMBULANCE FOR THE NOVYI ROZDIL HOSPITAL IN UKRAINE
Providing medical care has become increasingly difficult in the weeks since the war in Ukraine began. Given the large number of people seeking help, the hospital at Novyi Rodzil near Lviv was at the limit of its capacity to deliver treatment. In addition to earlier deliveries of medicine and supplies, the Salvatorians have now purchased and delivered an ambulance to the clinic.
REFUGEE ACCOMMODATION IN POLAND
Several refugee families have found shelter with the Salvatorians in Poland, in the Seminary in Bagno and in two buildings in Krakow where they are provided with all the essentials: food, medical care, hygiene items, toys. A Ukrainian Salvatorian Brother supports refugees during the integration process, helping them with language and administrative procedures.
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