NEWS ON RELIEF EFFORTS
The following clubs have contributed towards our districts efforts for Ukraine Relief.
Our District Aid to Refugees Fund has now reached £68,000 with £58,000 sent to Poland and Romania.
A Rotarian Couple from the RC of Market Harborough are taking in a Ukrainian refugee family of two parents and a child. They met this family in France on their long journey to the UK. They are awaiting finalapproval from the local council.
Another member of the club is selling greeting cards that she produced herself for Ukraine. In a short time she has sold over 100 cards at £2 per card.
We have received £53,000+ into our account and have dispatched £44,500 to Poland and Romania; we have sent: 6 donations totalling £29,430 to Poland, and 3 totalling £15,000 to Romania; we are currently investigating need in Moldova. The fund is also open for individual donations which can attract a 25% addition through GiftAid; a number of individual Rotarians have made donations. We are extremely grateful for all donations.
The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund has attarcted donations of cash and DDF totalling $7M and has issued 33 Disaster Response Grants to a total value of approx $1M.
The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund has now received over $8.8 million dollars. If you are thinking of projects in your area to support Ukrainian refugees talk to Hugh Holden about being part of a district application for a grant of $25,000 to support such work.
News Update 21/04/2022
Are you able to assist us in supporting disabled refugees fleeing Ukraine?
The Melton Enterprise group is sending funds to Rotary and People2people in Oradea, Romania, as they work together to provide transportation out of Ukraine to Oradea, safe and supportive accommodation and the assistance in arranging and transporting to longer term homes. The funds we send assist in paying for transport and accommodation costs.
If you would like to hear more please read the below details and see the links, and contact me as required.
Our club has a connection with the English charity Ability-unlocked which led to us just having spent an amazing 7 days in Oradea, Romania, with Pete Malkin from Ability-unlocked, and whilst there also spending time with Nicu from People2people and the Rotary club of Oradea.
Pete has a real heart and dedication for those with disabilities, and a history of working in Romania and Ukraine to support and improve the conditions for disabled people. In Oradea he works in the community with local church groups to support isolated disabled individuals.
When the Ukrainian crisis arose he was quick to connect with colleagues who also have a passion for the vulnerable and to target practical support to disabled refugees seeking to flee the war zone. Pete has made many contacts in Ukraine, including with the minister for disabilities and the Rotary club of Uzharrod, and was able to co-ordinate a system where they are notified when vulnerable, disabled adults and children were trying to make the crossing. With the support of People2people, and Caminul Felix they have been able to collect disabled refugees and their families from Ukraine and bring them to Oradea, finding safe accomodation for them at Caminul Felix homes. Once there the refugees are given time to recover from their traumatic experiences, supported to register and identify where they wish to travel onto, or to find longer term accommodation in Oradea. Assistance is then given to help get them to these locations.
As well as offering a little practical assistance, during our visit we were able to facilitate closer links with two Rotary clubs in Oradea, and access some financial assistance through our club and our district to Rotary in Oradea, then onto ability-unlocked and People2People.
We saw first hand the excellent accommodation and support being given to families with disabilities at a number of centres whilst there, and personally joined an emotional night trip in a coach to the border last week to collect a group of 30 refugees, 7 in wheelchairs, 4 blind and some with other disabilities. They have been temporarily accommodated at Noble house, Caminul Felix.
The charities rely on donations to fund fuel and vehicle hire costs, accomodation and food costs for the refugees. There are no specialist vehicles for disabilities available to the charities and people often have to be man-handled into vehicles to be transported, Pete hopes adapted minibuses may also be funded and sourced in the near future.
If you are looking to support disabled refugees I can highly recommend these dedicated and most trustworthy of individuals, and the commendable organisations behind them. I would be glad to give you more details as required and the web addresses of the charities, and a few of our personal photos.
Melton Rotary Enterprise ClubFor Andrea's contact details please complete the contact form below.
more See what has been achieved by RCo Market Bosworth.
more What have RC of Uppingham done for Ukraine
more ME arrange a weekend of parties for their Ukrainian friends.
more Rotary Springs into Action in Peterborough
more This page shows evidence of supplies being delivered by our partner club in Romania
more This page details the project RCODD have been involved with to a successful conclusion.
more This page details what Melton Enterprise have done for Ukraine.
more The products on this page are manufactured in Ukraine. The purpose of selling them is to provide a funds stream into Ukraine and will provide clubs an opportunity to raise some funds.
more This page contains, emails and videos from Ukraine.
more The Rotary Foundation has set up a special Disaster Response Grant scheme and $15m have been made available; our District has been allocated two $25,000 grants for assistance to refugees in our District or elesewhere.
more This page if for Clubs and Members to share their experiences of Supporting Ukraine and Ukrainians.
more On this page, you can find downloadable pdfs that have been sent to the District by the Rotary GB&I Ukraine Crisis Taskforce.
more On this page are requests for specific help made from within Ukraine.
more Stories about Refugees in the District
more How do you want to donate to the Ukraine Disaster?
more As the support for Ukraine and Ukrainian Refugees grows within the District so more questions will be asked and answered and will appear on this page.
more This page identifies who is on the Ukrainian Team and the teams initial remit.
back This page has been created to allow co-ordination of District wide projects to share information and provide an avenue which clubs clubs can use to request help.