Diakonia bring aid to Ukrainians
In the context of the military aggression of the Russian regime against Ukraine, Diakonia Poland brings help to the victims of war. It supports refugees, organizes help for people in need in Ukraine, provides emergency aid and prepares long-term support for those affected by the conflict. It cooperates with national and international partners in this field.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine Diakonia Polska has been trying to react to the crisis situation and to discern further areas of possible action. On 24 February the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland and the President of Diakonia Polska issued a joint appeal to the parishioners asking them to make donations to help the refugees.
International partners, both institutional and individual, have also joined the support programs. So far, transportation of humanitarian aid supplies has been organised both to Ukraine and to reception centres in Poland. Diakonia Polska also cooperated in the coordination of the transit of refugees from Poland to Germany - five coaches were available, which passed through several major Polish cities.
There are also ongoing projects to support Lutheran parishes that have welcomed refugees and need financial help to adapt their housing, to organize the first days of the refugees' stay in Poland, as well as to plan more long-term integration activities.
With the support of the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and the German Regional Diakonies it will also be possible to provide support for the weeks and months ahead. Currently details are being worked on projects such as: financial and material assistance for refugees, psychological support programs, Polish language courses, legal counselling, integration and educational workshops in parishes and Diakonia institutions throughout Poland.
- We are encouraged by the huge response and many spontaneous declarations of support coming from all over Europe and beyond. Thanks to such initiatives we are able to organize, for example, successive transports of goods, responding to specific needs which appear in a particular place at a certain time. We also try to respond to the requests of our Diakonia partners from Visegrad countries or Baltic republics, who organize the transit of refugees to their parishes through Poland and need help in coordinating accommodation during transit to the final destination - says Wanda Falk, director of Diakonia Poland.
When possible the Polish Diakonia also plans to continue direct support for the people who remain in Ukraine - Bishop Pavlo Shvarts, head of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, remains a partner and contact person there.