Crisis Continues: Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees in Budapest Supported by Interchurch Aid

  • 15 Apr 2024 6:54 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Crisis Continues: Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees in Budapest Supported by Interchurch Aid
Hungarian Interchurch Aid has helped several thousand refugees at its Budapest centre for supporting Ukrainian refugees that opened eighteen months ago, the organisation’s head said on Friday, after meeting with Transcarpathia governor Viktor Mikita.

László Lehel told public media that Mikita had been following the aid group’s activities closely, and they met regularly, while the governor had also helped appreciably when it came to such things as contacting other governors.

Since the war started more than two years ago, Hungarian Interchurch Aid has helped over 500,000 people in Ukraine and Hungary, he noted.

The organisation is present in every Ukrainian county, having opened offices in several locations carrying out “the main aid activity in Ukraine”.

Mikita said his office had been working together with the aid organisation since the start of the war, carrying out successful work, including the renovation of a kindergarten and school, building maternity homes and helping refugee mothers and their children.

His visit to Budapest, Mikita said, also provided an opportunity to meet Ukrainian refugees living in the Hungarian capital and to discuss past and future cooperation with the charity.

Among planned projects, he mentioned setting up sports camps for children living near the frontline in Ukraine, as well as the provision of generators, solar panels and filling stations to residents in regions affected by electricity cuts as a result of the destroyed energy network in Kharkiv County.

Zoltán Sipos, the head of the aid group’s Budapest centre, said some 1,300 families have received help in Budapest so far, including humanitarian aid and support for their integration.


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