When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, it caused massive displacement. Within only a few weeks, more than 8 million people crossed the border from Ukraine to neighboring countries. About half of them, 4 million people, have crossed to Poland so far, and 1.2 million have been officially registered as refugees (data UNHCR, 13 June 2022).

LWF member churches provided support to the refugees from the first day of the war, welcoming people at the border, supporting them with much-needed items and organizing shelter. 

In addition to many private initiatives, The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (ECACP) in Poland, an LWF member church, together with the LWF humanitarian and development arm World Service, has established a professional structure to support refugee families. 

LWF, in close collaboration with the ECACP and its local parishes, has established a duly-registered country program in Poland, with a head office in Warsaw and six multi-purpose cash assistance enrolment centers planned around the country. The centers will be located in Gdansk, Wroclaw, Ostróda, Zgierz, Bytom Miechowice and Bielsko-Biała . All together they will provide support for 56,000 families or about 168,000 refugees who fled the war in Ukraine. To date, five of these centers have been opened.

LWF runs the centers with the ECACP, and is in close coordination with the local territorial governments and local nongovernmental organizations. The funding comes mostly from the UN refugee agency UNHCR, with contributions from various LWF member churches and partners of LWF, including members of ACT Alliance

In the early onset, LWF in collaboration with Polska Akcja Humanitarna (PAH), distributed food and relief goods to refugees crossing into Poland through the borders in Zosin and Dorohusk as well as displaced populations in Volodymir, Obukhiv and during the month of May, LWF worked to protect refugees at Medkyka border crossing. In partnership with Humanosh Foundation, LWF conducted information campaigns for 3,500 refugees and transported over 1,100 refugees from the border to the closest reception center.  

 

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25 July 2022
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30 June 2022
CHERNIHIV, Ukraine/GENEVA 
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GENEVA, Switzerland

 

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