Overseas Aid to distribute £350,000 to help Ukraine

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MORE than £350,000 is due to be distributed by Jersey Overseas Aid to three organisations supporting Ukrainians – as the total donated by Islanders surpasses £750,000.

The world reacted with shock and horror in late February when Russian troops invaded the neighbouring country, in a conflict that has seen Ukrainian cities bombed and led to a refugee crisis.

Islanders have now donated a total of £758,461 – made up of donations from the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal and through global emergency charity Jersey Side by Side.

Jersey Overseas Aid, who are responsible for distributing the money from the Bailiff’s Appeal, have now supported 12 different initiatives, with a further three agreements in progress.

As part of those agreements, £30,000 will be given to Friends of Ukraine EOD to train ten Ukrainian females from government organisations in munitions disposal, because of the large amount of unexploded ordnance and abandoned ammunition in Ukraine.

The non-profit international development company Crown Agents will be given £200,440 to help them supply mobile incubators to provide essential care for premature babies in Ukraine.

And a donation of £125,000 will be made to Caritas in Kosice Slovakia to help them supply essential medicine to the Donbas region in south-eastern Ukraine.

The government has also given £1 million to support those fleeing the conflict and Jersey Overseas Aid has given £508,084 from their emergencies budget, bringing the total donations made by the Island to £2.26 million.

In March lorryloads of supplies from Jersey were handed out to Ukrainians desperately trying to flee the war and a number of trauma kits and 200 oxygen concentrators were also given to Ukraine.

Last month a team of six Jersey Fire and Rescue firefighters travelled to Poland to deliver two fire engines, which were filled with protective clothing and medical supplies, to firefighters in Ukraine.

They also donated over 300 teddy bears to children who had lost their families as a result of the war.

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