Invasion. Resilience. Solidarity.
Goal of the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund
100% of the contributions donated to the Fund, created by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Eparchy of Stamford, Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago, and Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma, go to support humanitarian aid projects and organizations as well as Church institutions. The Fund addresses the humanitarian crisis created by the invasion as well as prepares to respond to the long-term injury and damage which will remain.
A b o u t t h e F u n d
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."
- John 15:13
General Aid Fund
Future Rebuilding of the Church in Ukraine Fund
Kyiv Mobile Hospital Fund
Archbishop's Discretionary Fund
Regions receiving aid from the Fund
C o l l e c t i o n a n d D i s t r i b u t i o n
A r e a s o f F o c u s Logistics $494,232 Emergency Food Assistance $631,924 Church Ministry $674,607 Medical Aid $1,696,284 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) $2,931,798 4 65 INITIATIVES SUPPORTED* *Supported by the General Aid Fund
After the full-scale Russian invasion, 14 million people were forced to leave their homes, moving either to other regions in Ukraine or other countries. Supporting IDPs was a top priority of the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund.
In 2022, the Fund provided $2,931,798 (46% of all distributed funds) to help the IDPs and institutions that accommodate them. It worked in cooperation with Caritas Ukraine, the Patriarchal Curia and its Charitable foundation “Mudra Sprava”, the Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies, and other Church partners. Together they have engaged in evacuations, provided shelter, food, and clothes for IDPs.
I n t e r n a l l y D i s p l a c e d P e r s o n s ( I D P s )
Evacuated from southern & eastern Ukraine
5 Church Centers
Supported for service of IDPs
Served - housing, food, hygiene, and transportation
Built and/or renovated
1,500+ Young Adults
Participated in "Wind of Hope" Festival
We evacuated more than 4,000 people from the most dangerous areas of Ukraine and were able to provide help to the refugees, to organize food supply to the refugees in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, and other big cities affected by the war.
Thanks to the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund we were able to enhance our local Caritas branches in Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankisvk, Kolomyia, and Kyiv, which serve as humanitarian hubs and service centers providing help to IDPs and those in need.
In early autumn, we learned that there is a temporary shelter for people from the east and south of Ukraine in the Patriarchal House in Lviv (residence of Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk). A warm, comfortable, and home atmosphere is a huge support for us. We have new genuine friends. With the priests, we pray for our victory. Your love, mercy, and charity strengthen our faith in victory.
- Rev. Lyubomyr Yavorskiy Head, Charitable Foundation “Mudra Sprava”
- Tetiana Stawnychy President, Caritas Ukraine
- Tetiana Astapova Kharkiv region
The need for medical aid which was felt from the beginning of the full-scale invasion remains critical. Disruptions in production and delivery of medicine and medical supplies continues. The Fund was able to deliver medicine, medical equipment, and ﬁrst aid kits to serve the wounded soldiers and those in need with the help of the well-developed logistics of the Ukrainian Catholic University and partnerships with charitable organizations such as "Free and Those Who Care", the Volunteering and Helping Center, "Wings of Hope", local medical institutions, and others with whom the Church has previously worked. .
$1,696,284 of medical aid was distributed.
13,000+ Hemostatic Bandages and Gauze
Supported with medical equipment and medication
200 Traumatic Brain Injury Kits
Sent to hospitals
165 First-Aid Kits
Distributed in rural areas
1 Operating Room Stocked and funded
600 External Bone Fixation Devices
12 Vacuum Assist Closure (VAC) Devices*
3 Anesthesia Machines
Supplied for hospitals
10,600 Medical Kits Dispersed
*Used for wound closure treatment
M e d i c a l A i d
Every day we receive new requests from all regions of Ukraine, and thanks to you, the recipients receive the necessary medication and medical equipment! You are a vital link in the chain of life that connects Ukraine and the world and brings our victory closer.
- Natalia Lipska Director, "Wings of Hope" Charitable Foundation
Our hospital received three anesthesia machines. This equipment was urgently needed for the treatment of our wounded soldiers. The surgeons will be able to safely perform abdominal-thoracic surgeries, and the anesthesiologist will be able to give full-fledged anesthesia.
- Dr. Jaroslav Havrysh Surgeon, Truskavets Hospital
We thank our partners around the world for their comprehensive support. Please do not get tired. Be with us. Stand up for us.
- Rev. Bohdan Prach Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University
Every day I pray to God for the good people around us who help and for the war to end as soon as possible.
- Natalia Kryvulia IDP from Lysychansk
120 Military Chaplains
Assisted in their ministry to soldiers and their families
137 Medical/Hospital Chaplains
Supported in their ministry to wounded soldiers and civilians
Collaboration with His Beatitude Sviatoslav
To help with Patriarchal humanitarian aid projects
300 Priests and Religious
Aided in Odesa, Donetsk, Kharkiv exarchates, and Kyiv Archeparchy
Thanks to the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund, we were able to assist our military chaplains. The Ministry of Defense has reserved 91 positions in the military for chaplains who belong to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. We make sure that our chaplains are involved full-time and are well-prepared to serve the soldiers and those affected by the war.
- Rev. Andriy Zelinskiy Deputy Head, UGCC Department of Military Chaplaincy
Our donors and partners help us to serve and heal the war wounds of the people of Ukraine who are defending their freedom.
- Sr. Sevastiana Karvatska Head, UGCC Commission on Pastoral Health Care
Our monastery of St. Basil in Kherson, led by Fr. Ihnatiy Moskalyuk, remained open throughout the Russian occupation providing spiritual and humanitarian help to the people until the city was liberated by the Ukrainian army.
- Rev. Mykola Slobodian Chancellor, Odesa Exarchate
C h u r c h M i n i s t r y 9
The Ukrainian Catholic Greek Church (UGCC), with more than 4 million faithful and over 3,000 parishes in Ukraine, has been assisting IDPs, soldiers, and those who lost their loved ones since the war started in 2014. After the full-scale Russian invasion, churches and church infrastructures (pilgrimage centers, retreat houses, monasteries, etc.) served as humanitarian centers providing spiritual assistance, food, medicine, and clothing.
In 2022, the Fund provided $674,607 to support the Church ministry in Ukraine.
Due to the Russian invasion, one in three families are food insecure. The Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund provided $631,924 to feed more than 100,000 people.
The Fund cooperated with its partners, the charitable foundations “Mudra Sprava”, “Letterarium Cupidus”, “Centrum Wolontariatu I Opeki Ukrainy”, and Church entities: Odesa and Kharkiv exarchates and Stryi eparchy to supply food to the hungry throughtout Ukraine.
E m e r g e n c y F o o d A s s i s t a n c e 11
25,440 Emergency Food Kits
Distributed in Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, and Chernivtsi regions
Provided with food
Supported Parish Soup Kitchens
To establish and expand operations
In the bombed cities of Kharkiv and Odesa
In 2022, the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund provided $494,232 for logistical assistance.
Logistical support plays an instrumental role in this war and in the territories liberated from Russian occupation. The Fund cooperated with Caritas Ukraine to help transport humanitarian supplies from eastern and western Europe to Ukraine and purchase necessary equipment for warehouses.
L o g i s t i c s 13
80 Truckloads of Humanitarian Aid
Delivered by Caritas Ukraine
Funded for Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk and Caritas Kolomyia
Bought for delivery of humanitarian aid
Accounting and Logistics Software
Provided for warehouses
D o n a t i o n s b y S t a t e 0 $600,000 $1,200,000 $1,700,000 15
32 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESES
1 JEWISH ORGANIZATION
EASTERN CATHOLIC EPARCHIES
T O P D O N O R S
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX
Archdiocese of Boston, MA
Diocese of Harrisburg, PA
$400,000 Catholic Extension Society
Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA
$350,000 Catholic Charities USA
Archdiocese of Mobile, AL
Diocese of Paterson, NJ
Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Boston, MA
United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of New York
A b o u t O u r D o n o r s
Dear benefactors and all people of goodwill in the United States of America,
On behalf of the people of Ukraine, I would like to thank you for all the generous donations provided through the Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in America. Your solidarity helped our Church to survive, to continue, and to expand her ministry, serving Ukrainian people during these dark times of war.
The Metropolia Humanitarian Aid Fund was among the first donors who provided our Church with resources for immediate relief projects for the people of Ukraine. Your kind assistance enabled our priests and religious to continue their devoted service in the frontline territories, often under direct threat to their lives. With your support, our parishes and monasteries in eastern and southern Ukraine distribute humanitarian aid to people in need and serve as shelters of hospitality. Religious communities in western Ukraine take care of displaced people, providing them with shelter, meals, and spiritual and psychological support in these challenging times.
During this Great Lent, our whole Church is praying and fasting for the victory of Ukraine. We also pray for all our benefactors asking God to reward you a hundredfold for all your efforts and to give you strength for further service.
Catholic Church Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych
the Ukrainian Greek
L e t t e r o f G r a t i t u d e
I am happy that we in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston have been able to support our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters who are in need as we pray for the restoration of peace in Ukraine.
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX
This is an epic struggle of “David and Goliath” as Archbishop Borys Gudziak has so often said. And this longing for freedom is known to the people of the United States, Lebanon, Ukraine, and so many others.
The Ukrainian Catholic Church’s response to their homeland in its hour of need has been nothing short of remarkable. It has been our privilege to support their inspiring efforts to help families and Ukraine’s most vulnerable this past year. They have made us all proud to call ourselves Catholic when we see the good that is being done in the name of our Church.
- Rev. Jack Wall President, Catholic Extension Society
It is a privilege to support in any way we can because we also receive so much from the people in Ukraine. God bless our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.
- Brother Wayne J. Fitzpatrick, M.M. Director, Pastoral and Spiritual Life Maryknoll,
Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, Maronite Catholic Church
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