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It is time to rebuild a future for many Ukrainians who have been displaced due to the conflict in their country. According to the UNHCR, it is the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II, with over 7.8 million people being displaced.
As the situation in Ukraine continues, many refugees have no choice but to settle in the new country they have to call home. Many European countries have opened their arms to welcome refugees when the war started. However, they did not predict the war to last this long.
Since the start of the war in 2020, Catholic Mission has raised funds and has established a partnership with Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) Europe to provide support to the Ukrainian refugees.
“The support we received in Australia has been incredible, it has enabled us to support financially JRS Europe in establishing the second and third phases of the long-term settlement of the population in their new country,” commented Fr Brian, Catholic Mission National Director.
Established in two phases, the second stage has now started to support refugees in establishing their new lives, accessing food, non-essential items, long-term accommodation, health services and education, but also by providing them with language lessons and community-building workshops to facilitate integration.
“It is essential for us to work in the long-term with communities to make sure they are best equipped to face and build their own future. The long-term work we do is core to the missionary spirit, as we walk the journey together, no matter how hard it is, we are here with them to rebuild their lives,” said Fr Brian.