27.08.12, Ivano-Frankivs’k region
“We need to increase the visibility of Caritas in towns that are part of the Kolomyya-Chernivtsi eparchy. There is a very acute need for this in the eparchy as there are a large number of socially disadvantaged individuals living in this area who we just simply cannot ignore,” says Deacon Serhiy Tryf’yak, Director of Caritas of the Kolomyya-Chernivtsi eparchy as he explains why they will be opening 5 new Caritas branches in the eparchy. The decision was made by the local administration of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Caritas representatives.
Currently there are nearly 20 district Caritas organizations functioning in Ukraine. They operate in the L’viv, Ternopil, Khmel’nyts’kyy, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Volyn’, Kyiv, Donets’k and Odesa regions. They include nearly 500 employees and nearly the same number of volunteers; tens of thousands of individuals obtain help from these branches every year.