Ukraine

How Covid-19 is affecting our work in Ukraine

Recently, the Ukrainian government decreed an adaptive quarantine approach and each region now has a commission that decides which level of restrictions is to apply.  For the time being, Ukraine has resumed limited international flights with 15 EU countries and the USA, as well as allowed internally bus and train traveling.  Shops and malls are now open, and restaurants and cafés either serve outside, or prepare take-aways.  Churches have reopened but with facemasks required and a restriction of 1 person per 5 square meters inside the building.

F2F coordinators continue with updates, delivering monthly parcels and GIK, preparing SSPs, and delivering BCC mail.  All activity has been carried out in accordance with quarantine measures (physical distancing, face masks and gloves) that are still valid for the Rivne and Sarny areas.  CRI coordinators continue processing updates at the office.  The logistics department has carried out the distribution of GIK, and completed the budget for the purchase of F2F necessities.

We are still hoping that starting from the 1st of August, we will be able to run some Summer Camps.  Also, a special working group in Kyiv will be meeting to decide which criteria need to be met for either a 7-day camp for F2F children, or four day camps.  CRI coordinators hope to run some camps at the homes during September/October if possible.  The Christian Outreach department has already reviewed and prepared the camp curriculums.

We are glad that we can serve the needy even in these difficult times.

Greetings from Mykola

Mykola Bogdanets has been the country manager since May 1993, which is when MWB Ukraine was established. He said, "For the last 25 years, since the Mission in Ukraine was officially registered, we have been continually bringing hope to the helpless, and we will continue supporting children, families, the elderly and refugees. Our motto has remained the same over the years: ‘Reaching people for Christ’ and this mission is weaved throughout all our programmes and projects. 

"Now Ukraine is going through a difficult period of its history. Ukraine’s war-torn economy has been plunged into crisis, and consumer prices, medicine and utility costs are constantly rising. The current political uncertainty adds to the overall difficult situation, stalling the needed political and economic reforms.

"In such times, MWB Ukraine continues offering hope, love and support, and we are confident that with God’s help and our generous supporters, we will continue doing good works into the future. 

“I thank all the dear donors of the Mission for your contribution to the welfare of the Ukrainian families, children and adults. Please pray for peace in Ukraine and may God bless you for sharing your hearts with us."

In conflict since 2014

Ukraine is Europe's second largest country – and second poorest after Moldova. The conflict that began in eastern Ukraine in 2014 has killed over 10,300 people and left more than 3.4 million people needing urgent assistance. Millions of people have exhausted their resources and the numbers struggling to put food in the table doubled to 1.2 million in 2017. 

Corruption in Ukraine is rife and has infected all sectors of society, resulting in an economy that was as large as Poland’s at independence shrinking down to a third of the size. Ukraine, ‘the breadbasket of Europe’, is known for its rich soil, but the agriculture sector is in need of reform.

We work mainly in western Ukraine, in Sarny, Rivne and Blahodatne, and in the area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl accident. We offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to children living in institutions, and we also support families living in poverty, including refugees who have fled the conflict, helping them on a path toward self-sufficiency.

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4,030 children supported through our sponsorship programme

18 students supported with scholarships or vocational training courses

91 families became self-sufficient through our support last year

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