HOPE worldwide and its partners in Europe are helping Ukrainian refugees entering Poland, Moldova, Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Hungary. Refugees have been welcomed and supported as they cross the border and, where possible, helped to stay with hosts from supporting churches, their friends or in temporary accommodation. As of the 10th of May 2022, HOPE worldwide has placed 1,080 refugees in homes in 31 different cities and provided 100,000 meals to displaced people leaving Ukraine. Through our partner ‘Heart to Heart’, HOPE worldwide Global has provided 14 tonnes of medical supplies.
The UK Government launched the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme on the 14th of March 2022 to match host families with Ukrainian refugee families, and the visa application went live on the 18th of March 2022. We have so far matched 72 individuals with our hosts, and the majority of these refugees have arrived safely to the United Kingdom.
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Natasha’s is one of the families who have received their visas and is now living in Central London with her two daughters and their host family. Natasha’s journey began in Kyiv where she was living before the war began. When the bombing started in Kyiv, she moved further west in Ukraine to Ivano-Frankivsk.
She and her friend Iryna connected with HOPE worldwide while they were living in Western Ukraine and soon, we had matched Natasha with a suitable host family. They applied for visas for themselves plus seven children, including a teenager that was not one of their own. Eventually all their visas came through and they jumped on a coach for a ten-hour journey to Krakow, Poland (see above). HOPE worldwide provided travel advice and support throughout their journey. From Krakow they flew to Luton Airport, where they were picked up by HOPE worldwide volunteers. Natasha and her family were driven to their hosts in Central London, and her friend and five children were driven to Folkestone.
If you would like to register as a host please use this link to register your interest or for more information.
To support the Ukrainian Relief effort, please donate below. The funds will be sent to wherever the need is greatest. Any funds that are not used for immediate relief will be used to help longer-term rehabilitation and support.
HOPE worldwide Germany is supporting refugees that have come from the Polish border to Berlin. The refugees are staying at the centre to rest and recuperate before they move on to more permanent accommodation. HOPE worldwide is helping to pay for staff and other costs. At the Day Centre run by HOPE worldwide Germany they serve to meet the immediate needs of refugees as they arrive, but they also help to rehabilitate refugees into their new life in Germany. They run training and information sessions at the Day Centre.
HOPE worldwide is also working with a team of volunteers in Moldova. The team is picking up refugees from a point on the Ukrainian border which is three hours’ drive from where they have rented a hotel in the capital Chisinau. Most of the refugees have come from the nearby city of Odessa in southern Ukraine.
If you would like to register as a host for matching with Ukrainian refugees, please use this link to register your interest or for more information.
To support the Ukrainian Relief effort financially, please donate below. The funds will be sent to wherever the need is greatest. Any funds that are not used for immediate relief will be used to help longer-term rehabilitation and support.