Emergency Relief to aid Refugees
Salesian Missions Australia has launched an Emergency Appeal to aid our Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB’s) in Ukraine and surrounding communities to bring aid to refugees.
In the Ukraine SDB’s are working tirelessly, caring for orphans as well as providing shelter and relief to those in need. Salesian Communities in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are actively working with local agencies to protect and take care of as many Ukraine refugees as they can, arranging transport and emergency shelter; providing food, baby formula, clean water and generators for heat and cooking; procuring and distributing medical supplies, blankets and personal hygiene items; and so much more.
UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, has said that more than 660,000 refugees have fled Ukraine for neighbouring countries, the majority of whom are women, children and the elderly. Families have been torn apart as fathers, husbands and brothers have remained in Ukraine to fight. The U.N. has estimated the conflict could produce as many as 4 million refugees.
In addition, Salesians in Ukraine are sheltering minors and their families who have remained in the country. Father Chaban Mykahylo, said, “This situation continues to be tragic. We do not know how long this war will continue, and we must be ready for a long period. There are many victims among the soldiers, but also among civilians. Throughout Ukraine, there is a danger of bombing. Our capital, Kyiv, is suffering a lot, as well as the areas bordering Russia. People are fleeing their homes and are in need of our help.”
United in prayer
Director – Salesian Missions Australia
3rd March 2022
To help support refugees you may wish to donate to the Salesian Missions Australia via:
Mail : Salesian Missions Australia, P O Box 264, Ascot Vale, Vic. 3032
Our website : https://salesianmissionsaustralia.org.au/donate/ukrainian-refugee-crisis
Phone : 03 9377 6060 (Mon-Thur 9am – 3pm)