ShelterBox calls for renewed focus on Ukraine crisis

As Wednesday marked the sixth anniversary of the war in Ukraine, Santa Barbara-based global disaster relief organization ShelterBox USA called for renewed attention to the humanitarian crisis in the region and the need for ‘assistance.

“Today marks six months since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, forcing an unprecedented number of people from their homes,” ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray said in a press release. “Over 12 million people are currently displaced and there are no signs of the war abating. ShelterBox is committed to meeting the emergency shelter needs of civilians caught up in the conflict, and we hope the world will continue to focus on the country’s dire humanitarian needs.

More than 6.6 million refugees have fled the country, according to United Nations estimates, and at least six million others have been forced from their homes but remain in Ukraine.

ShelterBox quickly responded to the crisis by establishing three programs in the region. The former has supplied thousands of mattresses to collective centers such as schools, sports stadiums and churches in western Ukraine. The second provided ShelterKits including tarpaulins, ropes and other tools for those in central Ukraine seeking shelter in damaged homes. The third provided refugees leaving the country via Moldova with hygiene kits and cash assistance to help families meet their food and medical needs while on the move. Moldova is one of the poorest and most isolated countries in Europe. It is not a member of the European Union or NATO.

The situation continues to evolve, but the need remains dire. ShelterBox is currently evaluating its next programs in the country, which will likely focus on helping families endure the cold winter ahead.

“ShelterBox remains steadfast in its commitment to bringing humanitarian supplies to the country…such as ShelterKits to repair bomb-damaged homes and allow families to shelter in place, as well as essential supplies including solar lamps, which provide a some comfort in basement shelters and evacuation shelters. said Ms. Murray.

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Christi C. Elwood