The Ukrainian Humanitarian conference took place in Toronto, Canada, on January 16th. The conference was organised by Highway Liberty, a non profit human rights organisation. The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as well as discuss current efforts to assist internally displaced persons. The conference was opened by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, with a keynote address presented by the Acting Consul General, Liudmyla Davydovych.
All funds raised at the conference were donated to the Helping Hand for Ukraine project to deliver a psycho-social and humanitarian relief program at the Dnipropetrovsk Refugee Centre in Ukraine. This is project is run by HOPE worldwide Ukraine
Charles Ham, HOPE worldwide’s International Disasters Coordinator, spoke eloquently at the conference on HOPE worldwide’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and other parts of the world. During his presentation he outlined the work across the world in partnership with local and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and The Red Cross.
- Emphasis on global efforts with strong local support and building local capacity to respond to crisis.
- HOPE worldwide has provided food and nutrition to children in the Ukraine.
- Delivering supplies and help in response to disasters in the Philippines, Nepal, Africa, Japan and other areas through it’s global disaster response.
- An invitation to participants to partner with HOPE worldwide to provide help and support for disasters across the world.
Taras Kulish, HOPE worldwide of Canada’s International Relations Officer, made a special presentation which outlined our partnership with HOPE worldwide Ukraine through the Helping Hand For Ukraine project. This project seeks to mobilize resources to fund psycho-social programs for internally displaced persons and refugees in eastern Ukraine. Taras outlined the scope of the project, work completed to date and future plans, including:
- Teaching psychologists in Kyiv in May 2015 in recovery techniques in Phase I of the project.
- Psycho-social therapy sessions for children and parents in Korostychiv (May-June 2015).
- Training social workers, psychologists, emergency workers and volunteers in Cherkasy (Phase II December 2015).
- The participants who attend training programs will be able to implement programs to help their local communities to recover from the trauma of war and also train other trainers.
The “Crimean Nurse,” a painting by renowned Jamaican-Canadian artist Ato Seitu was also auctioned at the conference. It was inspired by the story of Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole, who cared for the British soldiers during the Crimean War. All the proceeds were donated to the Helping Hand for Ukraine project.
As the designated charity for the conference, we raised $4500. However this amount is still short by $3500 for the Dnipropetrovsk program and we are seeking further donations.
Please consider supporting the Helping Hand for Ukraine project to raise the outstanding balance of $3500. For more information and to donate click below:
You can see pictures from the conference here