Report 13: Participation and involvement of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta in the humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict in Ukraine



Refugees assisted


Million HUF total value of distributed donations


People helped to continue their journey


Refugees accomodated temporarily


Donation collection points nationwide

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

I really appreciate our Hungarian friends’ longstanding efforts in humanitarian assistance and for everything the Hungarians have achieved.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2012

100,000$ donated by Howmet Aerospace Foundation

The US-based Howmet Aerospace Foundation, the foundation of Howmet Aerospace aluminium manufacturing company donated 100,000 USD through the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta to help the people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The donation, worth around 35 million HUF was handed over at the Charity Service’s headquarters in Bem rakpart to Lajos Győri-Dani, Executive Vice President of the organization, by István Katus, CEO of Howmet-Köfém Kft., a member of the Howmet Group.

KiK donation card for Ukrainian refugees

KiK Textile and Non-food Ltd. has offered 60,000 donation cards each worth 8,000 HUF to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. The cards will be distributed to the needy by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. This donation, worth nearly half a billion HUF, is the largest single corporate donation since the outbreak of the war, allowing people in need to buy clothing or other products in any KiK store in Hungary. The donation card, with a value of eight thousand HUF, can be requested from the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta at on behalf of the Ukrainian refugees by any organisation, municipality, company or even private individuals assisting those affected.

So far, nearly 60 organisations and 350 individuals have applied for the donation card, which can be given to all Ukrainian refugees, including children. To use it, shops require a Ukrainian passport or other official documents. The donation cards are valid until 31 July. The larger scale distribution will begin during the third week of May, with the regions using 3,000 cards each, and the Beregsurány relief centre will be a dedicated distribution point as well. External applicants will be able to obtain the cards in person at Batthyány Square in Budapest, while rural institutions will receive the requested quantity by mail or, due to time constraints, through package delivery. Accommodation providers, persons supporting families and Ukrainian refugees in Hungary have already applied for KIK cards.

The humanitarian activity of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war

Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta assisted a total of 52 388 refugees, distributed 253 million HUF worth of donations and delivered 183 tons of aid to Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Charity Service transported or organised the transport of 21 331 persons to their desired destinations. The organization provided 9049 refugees with shelter within its own institutions or in accommodations offered by partner organisations and donors. Altogether 505 refugees received medical care from the Hungarian Charity Service.

The donation collection points, opened to receive non-perishable foods and hygiene products are operating in 68 locations nationwide. The donations distributed so far to support refugees have amounted to 253 million HUF. However, besides distributing donations to Ukrainians within Hungary, assisting the people in Ukraine is also an important part of the Charity Service’s work. To this end 183 tons and 192 million HUF worth of donations were delivered to Ukraine.

Humanitarian activities nationwide

The Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta continues to assist Ukrainian refugees 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 transportation, etc. In addition to the relief hotspots, the Hungarian Maltese association 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.

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Ukraine crisis – helping refugees

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