Report 7: Participation and involvement of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta in the humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict in Ukraine

SITUATION AT A GLANCE

43129

Refugees assisted

234

Million HUF total value of distributed donations

16252

People helped to continue their journey

7083

Refugees accomodated temporarily

68

Donation collection points nationwide

Humanitarian access from all locations within Hungary and cross-border – MAP

People of action: French, Italian and German volunteers in Hungary.

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.

French, Italian and German volunteers in Hungary

Six volunteers of the Ordre de Malte France – the Paris-based organisation of the Order of Malta – arrived from Paris with an ambulance and a logistics vehicle and worked in twelve hour shifts each day for two weeks helping families fleeing the war in Ukraine at the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta’s relief centre in Beregsurány. They were followed by another delegation of French volunteers. During the weekend, three volunteers from the German Malteser in Unterfranken arrived at the Hungarian Maltese relief centre, where they handed over the medical equipment, medicines and kitchen utensils they had collected for the doctors in Uzhhorod. The site was also visited by the Italian Associazione Protezione Civile and the Hungarian and Italian teams of EVOLSAR (European Association of Civil Protection Volunteer Teams).

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

Ukraine crisis – helping refugees

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