Help people fleeing conflict in Ukraine to find safety in neighbouring countries and Australia
The devastating effects, particularly for children who represent half of those displaced, will be felt for years.
We welcome the Australian Government's commitment so far of humanitarian aid and refugee visas for people fleeing danger in Ukraine. It is critical that on top of their basic needs, children are given emotional and psychological support.
Offer peace and security to a growing number of families around the world escaping conflicts like the one in Ukraine. Raise Australia's annual permanent humanitarian refugee intake from 13,000 to 20,000.
Ask your local Federal MP to ensure Australia immediately steps up our support for the people of Ukraine fleeing conflict - especially children!
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by Nadine Haddad, World Vision Australia Humanitarian Policy Advisor. Published in the Canberra Times March 21 2022
World Vision is already working in Ukraine and neighbouring Romania and Moldova. We are providing child protection and mental health and psycho-social support for children.
Staff have been supporting refugees since the outset of the crisis with water, food, hygiene and child-friendly kits, as well as heaters to the mother-and-child rest stations at the border.
We are supporting a massive convention centre in Bucharest, Romania, ground zero for refugees. Imagine if Rod Laver Arena (Australian Open) was turned into a mass refugee shelter – that’s the reality here.
Over the six month period, we aim to assist around 450,000 people in Ukraine, Romania and Moldova
Children in Ukraine are living through intensified bombing, causing them severe emotional distress, displacement and physical injury. Airstrikes destroy a child’s sense of security, which is fundamental for healthy childhood development.
World Vision stands ready to respond to the needs of children by providing them much-needed psychological first-aid as well as ongoing mental health and psycho-social support.
World Vision in Romania is assessing the likely long-term needs of the displaced so we can cushion the impact of this conflict - especially on children.
We are finding accommodation for refugees, providing food, phone cards and helping people find transport to their desired destinations.
Teams to provide psycho-social assistance to children and families. We want children to be safe and we will work to create programs that are protective and caring, so children’s development is not harmed.
Other governments have recently announced the following humanitarian aid to Ukraine:
UK: £140m (AUD$260 million) committed this year, including a further £40m (AUD$74 million) in humanitarian aid recently announced
US: $54m (AUD $75 million) in humanitarian assistance
Canada: To match $10 million (AUD$11 million) in donations to the Canadian Red Cross
Our call for AUD $10 million to NGOs is comparable to Canada’s commitment
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