SITUATION AT A GLANCE
The humanitarian activity of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta in the first month of the Ukrainian war
In the first month of the war in Ukraine, which broke out on 24th February, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta assisted a total of 43 129 refugees, distributed donations worth 234 million HUF and delivered 110 tonnes of aid to Ukraine. In the month since the fighting broke out, the Charity Service has transported or organised the transport of 16 252 people to their desired destinations. In four weeks, the organization has provided 7083 refugees with shelter within its own institutions or in accommodations offered by partner organisations and donors. The refugees staying for two to three days spent a total of 2 250 nights in the organization’s own properties by. In the past month Maltese staff worked 60 000 hours and the volunteers 18 000 hours during helping the refugees.
The donation collection points, opened to receive durable food and hygiene products, are operating in 68 locations nationwide. The donations distributed so far to help refugees are amounting to 234 million HUF. 24 vehicles have been transporting the donations, covering 101 000 kilometres in four weeks while delivering 110 tonnes of aid to Ukraine.
Aid shipment to Ivano-Frankivsk
The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, with the support of the Hungary Helps programme has delivered 35 tons of aid to Western Ukraine from Budapest. The convoy departed from the Hungarian Charity Service’s logistics centre to Berehovo, then to the local Ukrainian Charity Service of the Order of Malta’s warehouse in Ivano-Frankivsk, transporting canned goods, potatoes, flour, oil, pasta, baby food, hygiene products and disinfectants, as well as packages of non-perishable food packages, which can be distributed immediately to people in need. In the convoy, one semi-truck of Waberer’s, a van of Hungary Helps, one truck and five vans of the Hungarian Malta carried the donations to the people remaining in Ukraine.
The Hungarian aid shipment will be used by the local Maltese organisation to support refugees and people in need in Ivano-Frankivsk, and some of the donation will be transported to besieged towns.
At the departure of the convoy, Tristan Azbej, State Secretary for the Hungary Helps programme of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that “it is a moral duty to help the innocent victims of the fighting. This consignment is so far one of the largest ever sent to Ukraine’s regions beyond Transcarpathia.”
Biatorbágy: logistics centre run by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta
The DHL logistics company offered one of its 2500 square meter warehouse in Biatorbágy to the Charity Council, which entrusted the facility’s management to the Charity Service of the Order of Malta. The logistics centre is used to store donations for charitable organisations involved in the assistance of people affected by the war in Ukraine, and these donations are offered by companies and individuals in the Bridge for Transcarpathia Programme.
Humanitarian activities nationwide
The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta continues to assist refugees from Ukraine on a national level, including at hotspots in Beregsurány, Budapest, Debrecen, Miskolc and Győr, where it receives and assists families according to their needs – providing temporary accommodation, organising transport, etc. In addition to the relief hotspots, the Hungarian Malta has an extensive logistics network with warehouses and donation collection points across the country. Temporary accommodation is also provided at the national level. The specific locations of the organization’s humanitarian activities can be seen on our weekly updated map.
Photos: Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta/ Bence Kovács