How are we responding?
Even before the invasion, we were ready to provide relief. Over the last 30 years World Jewish Relief has developed a unique presence in Ukraine, building a network of local partner charities to support elderly Jewish communities, deliver back to work programmes, and provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the 2014 hostilities.
Back in February while many other organisations scrambled to gain international access or prioritised neighbouring countries, we were able to focus our efforts inside Ukraine itself, supporting those in the hardest hit areas whose needs were greatest.
Together, with the support of the Jewish community and the superhuman efforts of our local partners, we have evacuated 5,032 people under fire, delivered 330 metric tonnes of food, and assisted an overwhelming 154,755 people affected by the conflict. I cannot tell you how proud I am of the scale, quality, and impact of our collective humanitarian action.
Closer to home, we have become one of four Government recognised matching agencies for the Homes for Ukraine scheme. We have dramatically expanded our refugee work here in the UK to support accommodation, language, and employment. You can read our Ukraine Crisis Response update, which details our approach, how we help, and our next steps.