In February, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) received a request to step in and assist with humanitarian efforts in the war zone of Eastern Ukraine. The Donbass region has seen intense action from rebel fighters in the last 18 months, taking its toll on the land and on the people. Teamed with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and other organizations from all over Europe, COHEU has taken direct action to address specific needs within these communities.
The initial commitment supplied wood-burning stoves for families in cities without power or gas to see them through the rest of the winter. Close to 350 stoves were delivered to five cities and villages, along with firewood to fuel them. These stoves will afford heat and a cooking surface for families until power is restored. We also provided seeds and supplies for over three hundred families to grow and store their own food to help them through this summer and upcoming winter. Between 1,000 and 1,500 loaves of bread and medical supplies are sent daily to cities in the worst-hit areas. Because so many of these areas are still under lockdown by the Ukrainian military as they deal with separatists, this humanitarian assistance is literally the difference between life and death for some of these incredible people.
In the last month, COHEU also started a training course for Ukrainians volunteering to move into some of the most dangerous areas to act as point persons for humanitarian relief on the ground. These volunteers make a commitment to coordinate relief distribution in each village, and receive training on working with victims of trauma, communication, and project management.
Your support is making a difference! It is impossible to know if this conflict will continue for months or years, but we remain committed to helping the people in Eastern Ukraine through this difficult time. Thank you for making it possible!