Ukraine
International Charitable Foundation ‘Caritas Ukraine’

Caritas Ukraine work first began in 1992, after Ukraine declared independence. It was set up by local Greek Catholic communities to distribute humanitarian assistance to poor families. However, the needs of society forced Caritas’ activity in Ukraine to expand which led to the formation of the international charitable foundation Caritas Ukraine in 1994. Today, it works to coordinate the efforts of charitable organisations run by local Ukrainian Greek Catholic churches and to build cooperation with foreign Caritas chapters. As a result of the agency’s efforts, the current network of local charitable organisations has developed and expanded; as well as cooperation with foreign partners also continues to grow.

Caritas Ukraine provides humanitarian assistance in the form of clothing, footwear and other necessary items to hundreds of people a week in Ukraine. Its winter assistance programme provided nearly 2,500 individuals assistance during the winters of 2012 and 2013, distributing clothing and fuel during the extended period of below average temperatures.
Caritas Ukraine’s social service programmes have established rehabilitation centres for individuals struggling with substance abuse, they provide reintegration assistance for Ukrainian migrants, render direct assistance and seminars to prevent human trafficking, assist incarcerated individuals and provide home care to the elderly and those living with HIV/AIDS. Moreover, their soup kitchens at the regional Caritas organisations feed hundreds of disadvantaged individuals every week.

Caritas Ukraine recognises that investing in today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders is the key to making the nation’s future prosperous. Through 5 social centres, they serve nearly 500 children and adolescents in crisis families. Their social centres also help children of labor migrants and ensures that pediatric cancer patients obtain treatment.

Caritas Ukraine holds charitable events throughout the year (Christmas Candle, School Book Bag, Easter Basket, St. Nicholas Visits Orphans) the proceeds from which are distributed to hundreds of disadvantaged individuals.

Caritas Ukraine national office in Lviv employs almost 500 staff and close to 1000 volunteers. The Secretariat guides the activities of the nearly 20 regional branches.

In 1999 Caritas Ukraine became a full member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Europe, collaborating with Caritas members such as Caritas Switzerland, Caritas Belgium, Caritas Italy, Caritas France, Caritas Austria, Caritas Germany and Caritas Spain.

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