Since the start of the war, more than 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced, with 4.3 million of them fleeing to neighboring countries. Following Supreme Master Ching Hai’s donation of US$100,000 to Ukraine and Her encouragement for others to help as well, our Association members around the world have also made financial contributions, totaling more than €310,000 and counting. The funds have enabled a relief team to carry out relief work in Moldova, with its members coming from Austria, Canada, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States.
In Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau, the team packed a total of eight vans full of food supplies, clothes and medicine, which were then sent into the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa. They also prepared hundreds of bags with vegan food and drink items, and distributed them to various refugee centers across the city.
In addition, the relief team donated more than US$10,000, along with vegan food and supplies, to two animal-people shelters housing the companions of Ukrainian refugee families.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have also been arriving in Italy. Our Association members from Rimini responded to the Italian immigration office’s requests for essentials, with hundreds of bottles of water and fruit juice, along with home-made vegan sandwiches.
Meanwhile, our Association members from the United Kingdom and Ireland met up with local initiates in Warsaw, Poland, and delivered €1,000 worth of vegan food and hygiene products to the train and bus stations, where many refugees were arriving. Later, a contribution of €15,600 from our international Association members went toward purchasing and transporting needed items from Poland to Ukraine by truck. Included were generators, medical equipment, power bank chargers, bulletproof vests, and sand bags, etc.
Furthermore, another relief team from Poland bought and sent vegan food supplies to a vegan restaurant in Lviv, Ukraine that is serving free food to refugees.
With gratitude to Supreme Master Ching Hai, who taught us to always spread unconditional love, we thank our Association members, as well as many others from around the globe who have come together to help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. In Heaven’s loving guidance, may they find safety and comfort, as we pray for compassion to lead the way to lasting peace on our planet.