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2 Months of War in Ukraine


With the imminent refugee crisis in mind, HIA decided to deliver a two-pronged approach to assist those suffering from the effects of war.In the war-torn country our response was helped by our long-standing regional office in Berehove. Three days after the invasion, we established a refugee support point in Astei on the border. Today, the Berehove centre supports over 200 community shelters for IDPs with all kinds of aid in Zakkarpatia. Since the start of the war, HIA has sent 40 trucks filled to brim with core relief – every week 4 or more trucks cross the Hungarian border.

The Lviv office was set up 10 days after the start of the war, and coordinates our humanitarian operationsin Ukraine.  Its warehouse and logistics base play an instrumental role in our efforts to provide relief to our partners even further east. We are one of the first international aid organisations to bring humanitarian aid to war-torn regions of the southeast. Thanks to our long-lasting partnerships with NGOs in Dnipro or Zaporizhzhia in close proximity to the frontlines, we are able to help where help is needed most.

The support of HIA is felt even where all but hope is lost to the cruelties of war. For example, through our partner organisation Santis we provide psychosocial help for refugees, and help the families of the aid workers evacuating Mariupol. Furthermore, during the Orthodox Easter weekend a high-ranking HIA delegation delivered 20 tons of aid to the suffering people Bucha, Borodyanka and Irpin.


In Hungary, our efforts are focused on offering both short- and long-term accommodation to the refugees arriving. Our institutions in Debrecen, Miskolc and Budapest welcome refugee families in need and support them with food, shelter and psychosocial support, and are expanding our shelter capacities even further. For those arriving by train to Budapest, together with 5 other Hungarian charitable organisations the refugee transit station in the BOK Sports Hall.

Future plans

As the war drags on with no end in sight, Hungarian Interchurch Aid has long-term plans for its humanitarian mission in the country. To help those deprived by the war, HIA will employ two types of cash assistance. In our effort to empower large masses of people at once, multi-purpose cash assistance will allow for a more people-centred relief, granting beneficiaries freedom of choice and returning a degree of dignity into their lives. Believing in the power of community, our organisation will also provide flexible cash grants to groups and congregations coping with the horrors of war.

We are also extending our operations to parts of Ukraine where hostilities have only ceased recently, and have signed memorandums of cooperation with municipalities liberated from occupation. In order to reach out to even more people in need, we plan on taking our cooperation with ACT Alliance members to the next level. Our help here is needed, and we will support the victims of war as long as needed.