There is a continuing distribution of food packages in the localities of the “gray zone” in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, which carries Caritas team in cooperation with the initiative “Pope for Ukraine.”
Unfortunately, local residents in particular single mothers with young children and senior citizens, many of them with chronic diseases, are saying that frontline villages and towns of Luhansk and Donetsk regions tend to be ignored by public.
“There is an ongoing distribution of over 1,000 food packages in the area. For me it was very important to join a team distributing the aid. During the trip, we made home visits and talked with people,” – says Maxym Bondarenko, Project Manager of Caritas Ukraine. “It’s hard to watch kids playing on the playground destroyed by shelling and surrounded by abandoned houses while their parents are waiting with hope for peace and ask not to forget about them.” – He shares his impressions.
According to Maxym Bondarenko, for Caritas it is important not only to provide assistance in the form of pellets or food packages, but also to communicate with people with caring attention and to assure them that they are not forgotten.
“Now, according to international organizations, the buffer zone is home to over 400,000 people. We are trying to reach the widest possible range of people and provide assistance to those who need it most,” – said Hryhoriy Seleshchuk, head of the Humanitarian Projects of Caritas Ukraine.
Earlier, within the project “the Pope for Ukraine” more than 1,000 tons of fuel briquettes were distributed by Caritas workers among more than 2,000 beneficiaries in the front-line zone of military conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.