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Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal – Winterization projects in Ukraine.

Ukraine continues to fight against russian aggression. Under daily missile attacks and prolonged blackouts, the army is strong and regular people – resilient.

Ten months ago, Canada-Ukraine Foundation and Ukrainian Canadian Congress established a partnership – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and joint Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Committee (UHRC) to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver crucial humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainians displaced to the neighbouring countries by war.

In the last few months, the UHR Committee allocated extra time and effort to winterization – projects that would ensure delivery of the type of aid people in Ukraine will desperately need during the harsh winter months under the continuous shelling, with no access to electricity or heat.

For the next four months, December 2022 – March 2023, the work of the UHR Committee will ensure:

  • Food security – 140,000 food boxes at 14 kg each, will feed 350,000 people. Distribution will focus on recently liberated regions.
  • Medicine & Medical supplies – 27,000 kg of medicines and hospital supplies will be delivered to 78 hospitals in Northern and Eastern oblasts.
  • Surgical missions – Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program (CUSAP) will have its second mission in Poland before the year end to provide the surgical care to war casualties that could not be helped in Ukraine.
  • Winterization:
    • Care for the elderly – HelpAge Canada will provide all the necessary assistance to 2,300 seniors in 23 villages in Ukraine.
    • Women’s shelter support – will winterize and provide food support to Misto Dobra (City of Goodness) – women’s shelter in Chernivtsi.
    • Emergency shelter support – building and distributing 2,000 beds and mattresses to IDPs.
    • SOS Children’s Villages Canada will provide foods security, temporary shelter, non-food items and mental health support for 500 IDPs.
    • Heat – building and installing 2,000 wood burning stoves.
    • Light – Purchased 50 mobile generators with light masts for the Ministry of Energy for repair work.
  • Firefighting gear – 1,000 new sets of firefighting gear to be delivered to Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Services.
  • Ambulances – Purchased 11 Toyota ambulances for the Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.
  • Wound treatment – Purchased 20 Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC) machines for wound infection treatment in hospitals in Western Ukraine.
  • First Aid kits – 11,000 chest seals added to 11,000 First Aid kits to upgrade them for trauma.

Please see the brief overview of the UHR Committee work in the 9 months since the full-scale invasion, as presented at the UCC XXVII Triennial Congress.

All the humanitarian assistance provided to Ukraine in the last 9 months and aid planned for the next 4 months, would not have been possible without your unwavering support – thank you!

As the missile strikes and people’s suffering continue across Ukraine, please consider to further support our critical mission of helping our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. You can make a donation on our website.


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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Seven months of full-scale war in Ukraine, eight months since the establishment of CUF-UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee.

CUF-UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee.

Seven months of missile attacks and bombings across Ukraine, causing destruction, loss and devastation – 5,996 civilians killed, of them 382 children; 8,848 people injured, of them 676 children; 7+ million displaced (OHCHR, Dattalion). 

Eight months have passed since the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee (UHR Committee) – a joint partnership of Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), was established with the aim of providing a coordinated approach to humanitarian aid with emphasis on getting assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine.

To date, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Fund, launched to enable the work of the UHR Committee, has raised $45 million, of which $22 million has already been disbursed and allocated.

As of September 1, 2022, Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee has:

  • Delivered food boxes to almost 1 million people in 21 oblasts
  • Started War Trauma Therapy program for 9,900 children over 2yrs
  • Purchased 1,000 new firefighting sets of personal equipment
  • Re-launched Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program – first mission has been completed in Poland
  • Delivered hospital supplies and medicines to 78 hospitals across Ukraine
  • Harvest is expected in October from the 140 metric tons of buckwheat seeds previously delivered in summer
  • The Displaced Ukrainians Appeal has funded over 1,000 displaced children in Ukrainian-Canadian summer camps across Canada
Video by Ivanka Siolkowsky about delivery of “food boxes” in Ukraine

As Ukrainian Armed Forces have now bravely gone into counteroffensive and are liberating Ukraine’s territories inch by inch, we discover the atrocities committed by the Russian army on the previously occupied territories, like the mass burial site on the outskirts of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast with 440 graves.

Kyiv Post

Our partners in Ukraine are already delivering food boxes to people in recently de-occupied territories of Kharkiv region, so that the families who survived the Russian occupation, have access to immediate humanitarian assistance. This would not be possible without your continuous support – thank you!



Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) was established in 1995 to coordinate, develop, organize and deliver assistance projects generated by Canadians and directed to Ukraine and to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.