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Stories of refugees: The password "Newborn from Ukraine" ensured shelter for Alexandra's family
April 19, 2022 CCR-Moldova

Stories of refugees: The password "Newborn from Ukraine" ensured shelter for Alexandra's family

At just one months old, Alexandra's granddaughter embarked on a path of wandering and faced obstacles too harsh for a newborn. When Alexandra, her daughter and newborn granddaughter left the city of Odessa, the women did not know where they were going and what awaited them. We found Alexandra taking care of her niece at the Republican Experimental Center for Orthopedic Prosthetics and Rehabilitation in Moldova (CREPOR), which was equipped by Caritas Czech Republic. Alexandra remembers the hardships they faced until they felt safe.

Refugees will not be able to return home for months or years, says Evžen Diviš
April 15, 2022 News

Refugees will not be able to return home for months or years, says Evžen Diviš

The war in Ukraine has been going on for nearly two months. It has driven 12 million people out of their homes, of whom almost 5 million have left the country. We spoke to Evžen Diviš, Caritas Czech Republic Ukraine Aid Coordinator, about the situation in the country and how we help Ukrainians fleeing the war. Evžen recently returned directly from Ukraine.

Tanya fled to Poland with her younger son, the older one stayed with his father in Ukraine
April 14, 2022 News

Tanya fled to Poland with her younger son, the older one stayed with his father in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine writes many stories. Tanya Garhin's family is one of many the war has torn apart. Tanya went to Poland with her younger son, 16-year-old Dimitri stayed at home with his dad. Her eldest daughter remains in Ukraine with her husband and one-month-old daughter. We met Tanya and her son in Przemysl, where people like them received help from the local Caritas.

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
April 14, 2022 News

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Mushaukwa Bravo Kabombo is a farmer from Zambia's Western Province who has been growing cassava for many years. But for a long time he struggled with preserving it because he could not afford to buy the necessary equipment. He also wished to grow cassava on a larger scale and make it his a full-time job. Caritas Czech Republic helped Mushaukwa acquire the necessary equipment and supported his efforts to set up his own small business.

A story from the war: The train was crowded. We slept wherever we could
April 13, 2022 News

A story from the war: The train was crowded. We slept wherever we could

Until a few weeks ago, Viktoria Christianko and her husband lived with her two children, four-year-old Daniel and one-year-old Sonya, in the southern Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv. They spent the beginning of the war in a shelter. As the situation worsened, they decided to leave the town. Viktoria and her children travelled on a crowded train to Lviv located in the west of Ukraine. Eventually, they reached Przemysl, Poland, where they were helped by a local Caritas.

A story from the war: she said goodbye to her husband at the border, he had to stay in Ukraine
April 11, 2022 News

A story from the war: she said goodbye to her husband at the border, he had to stay in Ukraine

Ilyena left home with her nine-month-old son and her husband on 4th March 2022. They were hiding in a metro station and when it was no longer safe, they wanted to move to Poland by train. They reached the border after six days of driving.

5 ways Caritas Czech Republic is helping people affected by the war in Ukraine
April 11, 2022 News

5 ways Caritas Czech Republic is helping people affected by the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than a month. Throughout this time, we have seen a huge wave of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, with donors having already sent 121 million CZK to the Caritas for Ukraine collection. Thanks to them and the generous support of many companies and organisations, we are able to help Ukrainians at home and abroad. How does Caritas help people affected by the war?

3 ways Young Caritas volunteers help refugees from Ukraine
April 7, 2022 News

3 ways Young Caritas volunteers help refugees from Ukraine

More than 250,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the Czech Republic since the start of the war in Ukraine. Immediately after the Russian invasion began, the Young Caritas team in Prague built a wide network of volunteers to help refugees in the Czech Republic. They babysit children for families from Ukraine, help as their guides and also assist social workers.

Iryna left Kiev with her family. But they are staying in the country and want to help
April 7, 2022 News

Iryna left Kiev with her family. But they are staying in the country and want to help

Iryna Selina was born in Kiev and lived almost in the city centre. After the outbreak of the war, she moved with 4 adults and a child to Drohobych, in the west of Ukraine, where Caritas Ukraine operates. Our colleagues there help internally displaced people on the ground - providing them with food, clothing, accommodation and medical care. Read how the refugee group assesses the current situation and what their plans are.

People study logistics for years, we had a day and a half to send our first humanitarian aid truck
April 6, 2022 News

People study logistics for years, we had a day and a half to send our first humanitarian aid truck

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops has brought the need to provide humanitarian aid to millions of people fleeing the war in the country. At Caritas, we had to start delivering material aid to the war-torn country almost overnight. And we did this with almost no previous experience. Thanks to the unprecedented help, and dedication of our colleagues, we have succeeded. How does a global development education manager become a logistics coordinator overnight? Read the interview with Šárka Prošková, who has gone through this transformation.