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Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal purchased and arranged shipment of140 metric tons of buckwheat seeds to Ukraine amidst the looming food crisis caused by Russian invasion.

Before the full-scale invasion on February 24th, Ukraine had been shipping buckwheat to various customers in Europe and Asia. Now, with Russia’s continuous shelling of Ukraine’s grain fields and its occupation of some of Ukraine’s agricultural land, a large percentage of Ukraine’s expected harvest is being destroyed. In response to these dire developments, the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada asked the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to purchase and ship the Canadian buckwheat seeds to Ukraine since their resources are limited. FYK Soba Inc. in Manitoba, a specialist in the production of premium buckwheat, generously redirected 140 metric tons of buckwheat seeds to aid Ukraine. Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal then purchased and made arrangements to transport 7 containers by sea to Germany and then on to Ukraine.

Despite the late delivery of buckwheat seeds and the fact that sowing took place only last month, a wide distribution of farmers throughout Ukraine already see initial results – buckwheat seeds have started germinating across Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Lviv, Poltava, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytsk, Sumy, and Chernihiv regions. Overall, 70 farmers in Ukraine partook in sowing this Canadian buckwheat and the expected yield is 3,000 m/t of processed buckwheat groats. This shipment of buckwheat seeds came with personalized care from Don Fyk, the president of FYK Soba Inc., who was in direct contact with Serhiy Hromovyi, the Executive Director of the International Buckwheat Association of Ukraine, about the type of seeds being shipped and the proper care they require to give the highest yield – a true Canadian-Ukrainian partnership.

Thanks to your generous support and commitment, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is able to continue its critical mission of providing aid and assistance to Ukraine, including this effort to enable farmers in Ukraine do what they do best – grow the grain they know.

Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of assistance to displaced persons, medical care, emergency shelter and food security.


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Six Months of #Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Today marks six months since the launch of Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal on January 27th

This CUF-UCC joint project was established almost a month before russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, which enabled a swift delivery of humanitarian aid – both in Ukraine and to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in bordering countries and in Canada.

Thanks to your generosity, in the past six months the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal:

  • Delivered food boxes to 130,000 families in 21 Oblasts
  • Purchased 3 months of medicines for 100,000 people
  • Sent the first shipment of 140MT of buckwheat seed to Ukraine for planting this year
  • Delivered 160 pallets of hospital equipment / medical supplies throughout Ukraine, including 7 pallets of IFAK’s
  • Completed two evacuation flights for children with brain cancer to Sick Kids Toronto
  • Arranged for training psychologists in Ukraine to treat the mental health of 5000 patients
  • Set up funding for 2000 displaced children in Ukrainian-operated summer camps in Canada
  • Delivered 8000 food boxes in Moldova and 3000 food boxes in Romania to displaced persons’ families
  • Committed/distributed $15.5 million of donations

See our website for all press-releases to date.

Due to the severity of russia’s invasion, our work is only beginning. The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal continues to lead and support many projects in parallel to ensure essential assistance and aid is delivered to where it is needed most.


Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of assistance to displaced persons, medical care, emergency shelter and food security.

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UHA supports Summer Camps for Ukrainian displaced children

As Russia’s genocidal war of aggression against Ukraine continues, and countless Ukrainian families are forced to leave their homes and seek safety all over the world, the number of Ukrainians arriving in Canada grows each day.

To help newly-arrived families adjust to life in Canada, the UCC-CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal announced the Ukrainian Canadian Summer Camps Program for displaced Ukrainian children. These camps provide a great opportunity for children displaced by the war to experience a true Ukrainian Canadian summer and provide their families with a relative sense of stability.

The Ukrainian Canadian Summer Camp Program helps cover the cost of attending summer camps run by Ukrainian Canadian organizations this summer. The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal provides up to . $350 per child per week to, for a maximum of 2 weeks. This program is an immense success, with almost 2,000 children already participating in 32 summer camps across Canada, through almost $1 million funding support from the Humanitarian Appeal.

Bus carrying children to the Plast summer camp in Poland

Additionally, the UCC-CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal helped sponsor a Plast summer camp in Poland, which hosted refugees from Russia’s war against Ukraine.. Some of the youngest victims of Russia’s war were able to receive respite from the war and companionship with their peers.

The Ukrainian Canadian summer camp program was made possible by the amazing volunteers and counsellors that gave their time to create and oversee fun, safe, and enjoyable program for displaced children. As so many children are attending these summer camps, many of our organizations are looking for additional volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for a Ukrainian Canadian summer camp near you, please visit this link. The Plast summer camp in Poland is especially seeking additional volunteers to assist in the delivery of its program. The UCC-CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal will be sponsoring volunteers to travel to Poland and work as counsellors in these camps. Please visit this link to learn more.

Displaced children enjoying the pool at CYM camp Veselka

The funding of these amazing summer camps was made possible through the generous contributions of our many donors. Please consider making a donation to send many more displaced children to camp. Your donation is needed to help support this important community project!

Please donate to the appeal today to support millions of Ukrainian families who have been displaced from their homes. #HelpUkraineNow

Your donation is needed to help support this important community project!

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

Email: [email protected]


Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada Ukraine Foundation to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of Assistance to displaced persons, Medical care, Emergency Shelter and Food security. 

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Food Boxes Delivered to Those in Need in Ukraine

THE CANADA-UKRAINE FOUNDATION HAS PURCHASED THROUGH MEEST MORE THAN 30,000 KILOGRAMS OF HUMANITARIAN AID FOR UKRAINE.

The aid comes in the form of food boxes, with each containing enough food for a month.

According to the United Nations, 15.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian aid. The war has forced over 14 million people to abandon their homes: 7 million have fled to neighbouring countries, and another 8 million have become internally displaced persons. Today, about 13 million people are living in Ukraine’s most devastated regions and often don’t have access to essential goods.

Thanks to the support of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation in partnership with the Olena Zelenska fund, the MEEST shipping and logistics corporation was able to ship 31 000 kilograms of food to recently liberated territory in the form of humanitarian food kits. These kits were assembled with the professional guidance of doctors and dietitians.

The adult food kits included a variety of high energy foods which are rich in carbohydrates, supplemented with other sources of protein and fat. These kits can feed an adult for the duration of a month. The child kits were assembled with consideration for children’s dietary needs and taste preferences. The child kits were rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and calcium. The set included semolina and corn grits, pasta, oatmeal, corn and chocolate flakes, milk powder, poultry pate, cream cheese, cookies, cocoa, crackers and fruit and herbal tea.

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation and its donors were instrumental in securing the materials needed to assemble these food kits. The fund of First Lady Olena Zelenska was responsible for the distribution of these food kits to Ukraine’s most devastated regions and other charitable organizations. The MEEST Corporation carried out the purchase of products, their completion in sets, packaging and delivery to Ukraine.

Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation

Due to Russia’s continued assaults on Ukrainian cities the need for humanitarian aid only grows. For large corporations that wish to help Ukrainians, in my opinion, it is crucial to not only maintain, but to expand their humanitarian support. The second important task for all of us at the current time is to spread awareness about the continuing war in Ukraine through any means possible, as the world cannot grow numb to the genocide that is currently taking place in the center of Europe. 

Please donate to the appeal today to support millions of Ukrainian families who have been displaced from their homes. #HelpUkraineNow

Your donation is needed to help support this important community project!

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

Email: [email protected]


Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada Ukraine Foundation to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of Assistance to displaced persons, Medical care, Emergency Shelter and Food security. 

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Ukrainian Canadian summer camp support program for displaced Ukrainian children across Canada

TORONTO/OTTAWA – The UCC–CUF Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal announced today the launch of the Ukrainian Canadian summer camp support program for displaced Ukrainian children to attend summer camps in Canada organized by Ukrainian Canadian organizations during the summer of 2022.

The Ukrainian Canadian summer camp support program will cover the cost for children who attend a summer camp in Canada, up to $350 per child per week for up to 2 weeks. “The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal summer camp program will provide an opportunity for Ukrainian children – displaced from their homes because of Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine – to adjust to life in Canada, to meet new friends, and to share the joys and life experiences that no children should ever be deprived of,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “We are very grateful to the many generous donors from coast to coast in Canada, who continue to support the Humanitarian Appeal’s efforts in delivering humanitarian relief to the Ukrainian people.”

To confirm qualifications and discuss the process and reporting guidelines, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation encourages qualifying organizations to reach out to the Foundation through your local Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) director (see our website) or by filling out our apply for funding form on our website. 

“Children have been among the biggest victims of Russia’s war of aggression This is one small way we can help child refugees deal with the trauma of being uprooted from their lives – offering access to recreational programs with other Ukrainian children,” said Orest Sklierenko, President and CEO of the Canada Ukraine Foundation. “We look forward to working with our partners and making this program a success.”

CUF also encourages parents of children planning to attend summer camps to contact the organizers running the program and inquire about this support.

A complete list of participating organizations and links to their websites will be posted on the CUF website in the coming days.

Your donation is needed to help support this important community project!

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

Email: [email protected]


Background

In January 2022 the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal – a joint effort to provide humanitarian relief to displaced persons in medical care, emergency shelter and food security. Today, Russia’s increased attacks on Ukraine have resulted in 15M affected people, including 6M who have left Ukraine, the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. Thousands of displaced Ukrainians, primarily mothers and children, have made their way to Canada.

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal received around $40M in donations from all corners of Canada, including funds from provinces, family foundations, corporations, organizations, churches, large and small businesses, and tens of thousands of individual donors across the country. The funds deployed to date have been used to provide emergency humanitarian relief in emergency food, hygiene, and medical supplies for the millions of affected families in and around Ukraine.

Some donors have also approached the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and offered their generous donations to support displaced Ukrainians in Canada.

As a result of the increasing volume of these requests across Canada, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has launched a parallel Fund to track and deploy support to displaced Ukrainian families in Canada.

All donors giving to CUF can decide whether to donate to emergency humanitarian support in and around Ukraine, or to support displaced Ukrainians in Canada, by visiting the CUF website or mailing their donation to CUF’s office.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress brings together all the national, provincial, and local Ukrainian Canadian organizations under one umbrella.

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation was formed in 1995 to coordinate, develop, organize, and deliver assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine. For almost three decades, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation has helped coordinate and provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it strives to strengthen its democracy through economic prosperity and freedom.

Donations in support of humanitarian relief and displaced Ukrainians can be made through: cufoundation.ca For further information: [email protected]

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Syringes Delivered to Hospitals in Need – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Update

The Ukrainian people continue their heroic defence of their homeland from Russia’s genocidal war. The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is critical and the needs are immense. Thanks to your generous support and commitment the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is able to deliver aid and assistance– both in Ukraine and to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in bordering countries.

CUF continues to assist the currently strained healthcare sector in Ukraine, at the same time rapidly aligning our partner linkages for an impactful result. One such successful project started when Orest Sushko at Humber College in Toronto reached out to us, having recognized that a substantial quantity of a medical product could be made available for Ukraine: namely, high-quality syringes that were in supply on campus. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the war in Ukraine, Humber has worked with our community partners to provide assistance whenever we could,” said Tyler Charlebois, Director, Centres of Innovation Network and Partnership Development, Humber College. “We are so pleased that more than 165,000 unused syringes left over from our COVID-19 vaccination clinics were able to be shipped to Ukraine to provide some medical supply relief during the humanitarian crisis happening there.” 

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

Generous donations of life-saving equipment were collected from the Montfort Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, The Ottawa Hospital, Brockville General Hospital, the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Healthcare Linen Services.

The collection of donations from hospitals was led by Dr. Tetyana Rogalska, and CUF funded the logistics costs of the movement to Ukraine.

“This lifesaving equipment is in addition to the previous 60 pallets over the past 2 months. We are actively seeking additional donations from hospitals and suppliers across Canada,” said Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Committee.

Due to security issues, CUF will not identify the receiving locations institutions in Ukraine. Please donate to the appeal today to support millions of Ukrainian families who have been displaced from their homes. #HelpUkraineNow


Your donation is needed to help support this important community project!

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

Email: [email protected]

Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada Ukraine Foundation to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of Assistance to displaced persons, Medical care, Emergency Shelter and Food security. 

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Delivering Crucial Relief to Vulnerable Ukrainians – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Update

The Ukrainian people continue their heroic defense of their homeland from Russia’s genocidal war. The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is critical and the needs are immense. Thanks to your generous support and commitment the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is able to deliver aid and assistance– both in Ukraine and to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in bordering countries.

The Association Internationale de Cooperation Medicale Ukraine is delivering crucial relief to some of the areas of Ukraine hardest-hit by Russia’s war, providing medicine, food, hygiene kits, blankets, dignity kits, diapers and specialized food for children and the elderly.

With the support of the CUF/UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and other organizations such as the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America and other partners, every week AICM reaches 25,000 Internally Displaced Persons, and 50,000 vulnerable residents in cities and towns recently liberated by the Ukrainian army from Russian occupation. 

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

or by cheque to: 620 Spadina Ave, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M5S 2H4

For further information: [email protected]

Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) is working with Ukrainian government ministries, who are in the best position to advise on the needs on the ground so that we can ensure that the donations we receive meet the needs of the Ukrainian people. The appeal will work with established partners on the ground who have demonstrated the ability to deliver aid in a timely and effective manner. The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Committee is established jointly by the two organizations to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The committee will work with the Ukrainian Canadian community across Canada to reduce duplication of effort, increase efficiency and ensure aid efforts have the most effective impact for Ukrainian citizens affected by the crisis.

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Two Months of Russian Invasion – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Update

It has been two months since Russia launched a full-out invasion of Ukraine, bombing Ukrainian cities and towns, targeting civilians and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale.

Earlier this week, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously recognized Russia’s actions acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people

The Ukrainian people are heroically defending their homeland from Russia’s war, but the humanitarian situation is critical and the needs immense. Thanks to your generous support and commitment the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is able to deliver aid and assistance– both in Ukraine and to Ukrainians who have sought refuge in bordering countries.

The Appeal has delivered millions of dollars in crucial aid that is helping people survive through partnerships and cooperation with more than a dozen organizations.

One such organization is the Ukrainian Deminers Association (UDA).The UDA has been a partner of CUF since mid 2021 and up until February 24 they were helping identify land mines for safe removal so that farmers might once again safely work their fields to provide food and a livelihood. The UDA’s adaptability in changing their scope to now deliver humanitarian aid demonstrates the value of CUF’s strong and dynamic working relationships with its partners on the ground who are able to respond quickly to the changing needs.

The Ukrainian Deminers Association is providing assistance to war-affected people in the oblasts of Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv and Kharkiv oblasts. As of two weeks ago, thanks to support provided by the CUF, over 1300 people have been provided with assistance – food, medicine, hygiene products, building materials and money of up to UAH 1,500 per person. The UDA stated, “We continue working for the sake of Ukrainians and our victory! We truly thank our Ukrainian Canadians and concerned Canadian citizens!”

Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through:

www.cufoundation.ca

or by cheque to: 620 Spadina Ave, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M5S 2H4

For further information: [email protected]

Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) is working with Ukrainian government ministries, who are in the best position to advise on the needs on the ground so that we can ensure that the donations we receive meet the needs of the Ukrainian people. The appeal will work with established partners on the ground who have demonstrated the ability to deliver aid in a timely and effective manner. The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Committee is established jointly by the two organizations to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The committee will work with the Ukrainian Canadian community across Canada to reduce duplication of effort, increase efficiency and ensure aid efforts have the most effective impact for Ukrainian citizens affected by the crisis.

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Sunflower of Hope Charitable Dinner and Jazz Concert

Join us for a Fundraising Dinner and Jazz Concert to support Ukrainian Refugees

Event details:

  • Hosted by Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine
    • 8-course Chinese Gourmet Dinner
    • Wine Tasting, Live Auction featuring Celebrity Chef, Massimo Capra
    • World Premier of The Dan Bodanis Big Band
    • Special Guest from the Ukrainian Community, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and more…

Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

6:30 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Location:

Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine

3015 Winston Churchill Boulevard

Mississauga, ON L5L 2V8

BUY YOU TICKET HERE

Tickets – $150 per person.

Table of ten – $1,500.

After the event, a $75 charitable tax receipt issued with each ticket purchased.

For tickets & information call 416-966-9700

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Aid Delivered to North, East and South of Ukraine – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Update

Since Russia launched a full-out war on Ukraine on February 24, aid has been delivered to some of the hardest-hit cities in the north, east and south of Ukraine. We are withholding more specific information due to security concerns.

The Humanitarian Appeal has also delivered aid to Ukrainian displaced persons in Romania and Moldova. CUF is working with more than a dozen organizations and projects to help alleviate the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since WWII.

In the coming weeks, CUF/UCC will continue to share information about the organizations, programs, and projects that your generous donations are supporting.

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is supporting the work of GlobalMedic, who are assisting Ukrainians displaced to neighbouring countries and internally in Ukraine. In Ukraine, Romania and Moldova GlobalMedic is distributing food, hygiene products and other aid.

Irina, a refugee from Kyiv, is one of the people who GlobalMedic assisted. To hear her story please click below:

To learn about GlobalMedic’s assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Romania please click below:

In Lviv, GlobalMedic and a “local partner have taken over a restaurant in Lviv. Funded by GlobalMedic, this local restaurant serves free meals to Ukrainians living in or passing through Lviv. GlobalMedic has set up at the train station, providing these free meals to families directly after disembarking the train.” GlobalMedic has also shipped medication and medical supplies to Warsaw, which were transported to support a hospital in Lviv. “Additionally, GlobalMedic has purchased 5,000 First Aid Kits, which will be sent overseas to families in Ukraine. Some of GlobalMedic’s Ukrainian-speaking volunteers translated instructional videos made to demonstrate how the contents of the kits should be used.”


Donations in support of humanitarian relief can be made through: www.cufoundation.ca

or mailed to 620 Spadina Ave, Suite 200, Toronto, ON, M5S 2H4

For further information: [email protected]

Background

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) is working with Ukrainian government ministries, who are in the best position to advise on the needs on the ground so that we can ensure that the donations we receive meet the needs of the Ukrainian people. The appeal will work with established partners on the ground who have demonstrated the ability to deliver aid in a timely and effective manner.

The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Committee is established jointly by the two organizations to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The committee will work with the Ukrainian Canadian community across Canada to reduce duplication of effort, increase efficiency and ensure aid efforts have the most effective impact for Ukrainian citizens affected by the crisis.