Hungarian Interchurch Aid has permanent office in Ukraine for 17 years. Value of its engagement and activities performed so far in the region exceeds EUR 5 million.
In 2014 HIA has launched specific aid programs in international collaboration to support those in need due to the war and the subsequently intensifying economic crisis - the value of the humanitarian action has reached EUR 1 500 000:
1, HIA – as the first NGO from Hungary - has offered more than 10 000 euros' worth of humanitarian emergency aid to provide care for Maidan victims. With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary rehabilitation program was organized in Hungary for several successive groups of doctors and nurses who had ensured care for the wounded in Maidan square.
2, Humanitarian coordination: Training courses held by Hungarian Interchurch Aid in 2013 allowed Ukrainian disaster management and civil experts to acquire the knowledge that is currently being used all over Ukraine in the activities to support IDPs fleeing en masse.
3, Based on international request, HIA has been involved in IDP care at multiple locations since 2014 through providing tangible assistance (food- and hygienic kits, household appliances and baby care packages) for about 24 thousand internally displaced persons in 10 regions (oblasts): Transcarpathia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Kherson, Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia.
4, In order to strengthen its activities in Eastern-Ukraine, HIA has launched psycho-social counseling for those who had endured the traumas of war, in Zaporizhia and Donetsk oblasts on 10 June 2015.
5, In the end of May and beginning of June of 2015 3000 persons received aid packages in Beregovo, Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk. This phase was implemented with the EUR 50 000 supports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of Hungary in Kiev.
6, A new aid program has been added to HIA’s activities in Ukraine from the beginning of October, 2015. In the new phase of the large-scale international aid program supported by ACT Alliance (worth EUR 700 000) , winter fuel was distributed for 500 families in Kharkiv, Zaporozhia and Kherson counties with the cooperation of HIA’s local partners.
In addition to its fuel distribution program, IDPs of the neighboring country are also assisted by HIA through reconstruction of refugee centers. Each of the two reconstructed buildings in Kharkiv and Kherson counties can provide temporary accommodation for 80 families. HIA’s activities in two counties of Eastern Ukraine are complemented with psycho-social assistance for those struggling with war traumas.
The value of the humanitarian action launched in response to the invitation of and from funds provided by the Geneva-based international alliance (ACT Alliance) has reached EUR 1 500 000.
Continuous presence and extraordinary aid actions in Transcarpathia:
Hungarian Interchurch Aid has been continuously running catch-up and development programs through its Beregovo office - that had opened in 1998 - in the following fields: labor-market development, development programs for children, legal and social counseling, accredited vocational training programs, social development programs, establishing and operating a Western-Ukrainian NGO network.
Owing to the economic crisis caused by the protracted war situation, an additional extraordinary relief program was also initiated by HIA. More than 50 municipalities have joined the objectives following the good example of the Budafok-Tétény municipality.
Beneficiaries of the relief action included:
• Single elderly living below the poverty line, in Hungarian-inhabited districts
• Hungarian large families
• Local development projects
Apart from the above, HIA’s Beregovo center also started to distribute fuel when the cold weather set in – in the first phase of the program 100 families receive 500 kilograms of biomass briquette each.
The value of the Transcarpathian aid program exceeds EUR 70 000.
You can support our activities online or via bank transfer:
Foreign Currency Accounts: Magyar Külkereskedelmi Bank Zrt.
Account name: Hungarian Interchurch Aid
EURO Account: HU 42-1030-0002-5010-0126-2100-4882
USD Account: HU 41-1030-0002-5010-0126-2101-4018
SWIFT code: MKKB HU HB
Stories from the Field
In November 2015 HIA distributed 78 tonns of coal for 130 families living at the contact line in Donetsk Oblast (Staryi Krym, Mariupol, Prymorske, Vynohradne, Sartana, Talakivka, Hnutove). Each family received 600 kg coal.
Bushuyiva Olena Ivanivna, standing near her stove at the IDP community centre in Lozova. She stays in Lozova with her daughter and a granddaughter. They arrived to Lozova on 25th of September 2014 from Luhansk. Currently 70 IDPs are living in Lozova IDP community centre.
Currently 155 people lives at the “Romaska” IDP community centre, near Kharkiv. HIA distributed 187m3 firewood for to centre.
Distribution of heating material in Lozova, IDP centre.
Photos: MTI/Koszticsák Szilárd
In the first phase of the HUF 100 Million aid program funded by the Association of Towns with County Rights, the households receive heating material, food, hygiene and health care.
To contribute to saving lives and health of the most vulnerable IDPs, non-displaced conflict-affected populations in the East of Ukraine HIA has provided heating material to IDPs and people living in the conflict affected areas.
Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, Hungarian Interchurch Aid has been providing humanitarian assistance in 10 regions of the country.