Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia

Assistance for the victims of the war in Ukraine

Caritas Switzerland provides humanitarian aid and supplies people in Ukraine with basic necessities. In the neighbouring countries of Poland, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia, Caritas supports the reception, accommodation and care of refugees.


The war in Ukraine has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. People have lost their livelihoods, families have been torn apart. Refugees and those left behind are traumatised by the horrors of war.


Due to the latest developments, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine has massively deteriorated. Parts of the civil infrastructure have been destroyed – many houses, schools and medical facilities have been damaged. Entire areas of affected cities were without power, water, Internet or mobile phone connections. 

Providing assistance to those affected poses great challenges under the current circumstances. The security situation is tense, communication channels keep being disrupted, and the energy supply lines have been badly damaged.

The situation is becoming critical, especially with regard to the urgent preparations for the winter. Despite the most difficult conditions, Caritas is continuing its help in Ukraine wherever possible. Thank you for being by our side in supporting people in need.


Caritas helps people in need in Ukraine

The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is disastrous. 17.7 million people depend on humanitarian aid. There is a lack of necessary goods such as food, water and medicine. Daily life is immensely difficult, as important infrastructure has been destroyed and power supply is not guaranteed everywhere.

In more than 70 centres and with mobile teams, Caritas in Ukraine provides people throughout the country with the necessities of life: places to sleep, food, clean drinking water, hygiene articles and medicines. Women and children in particular receive important support, for example through the Child Friendly Spaces Initiative, which enables children to participate in recreational activities in order better to cope with the psychological stress. The local Caritas centres also support people in their preparations for the winter, which many anticipate with great anxiety.

Since the beginning of the war, Caritas has assisted over four million people across Ukraine. More than a thousand Caritas staff and countless volunteers work tirelessly to provide this help. Due to the war action, humanitarian work has to be interrupted in some places for the safety of staff and beneficiaries.


Cash assistance

While hopes for a quick end to the war were high at the beginning, the people of Ukraine are now forced to find longer-term solutions. The savings of many families are running out. Thousands have lost their job. In the south-east of Ukraine, Caritas Switzerland supports vulnerable families on their onward journey with emergency cash assistance. In and around the city of Odessa, many displaced families are settling for a longer period. They and their host families receive financial support for six months to enable them to build a new livelihood and make urgently needed preparations for the winter.

‘The cash assistance enables the families to support themselves withdignity. At the same time, it boosts the local economy’, explains Lukas Voborsky, Director Ukraine Crisis Response at Caritas Switzerland. In addition, Caritas offers people psychosocial support to help them cope better with the impact of the war and traumatic experiences.


Aid in the neighbouring countries

7.4 million people have fled across the border from Ukraine in search of protection. Providing long-term support and accommodation for the refugees is very challenging for these countries.

Caritas Switzerland provides support in cooperation with local Caritas organisations in Poland, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia. Refugees are provided with basic necessities such as food parcels, medicine and hygiene products. In its centres, Caritas also supports these people with services such as language courses, vocational guidance and childcare. In addition, longer-term accommodation has been set up. Vulnerable people such as e.g. evacuated children from orphanages in Ukraine are sheltered in these places. Psychological support and legal counselling are further pillars of the aid. 


Swiss Solidarity, SDC and Cordaid support the cash project in Ukraine. The project in Poland is also supported by Swiss Solidarity.

The needs will continue to be enormous in the coming months and will continue for years to come. Caritas Switzerland has therefore made a long-term commitment in Ukraine and neighbouring countries and continues to urgently need support.


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